Little Rabbit’s home (Friday Fictioneers)

Image by Douglas M. MacIlroy at http://ironwoodwind.wordpress.com/

Image by Douglas M. MacIlroy at http://ironwoodwind.wordpress.com/

Big Ted has a temporary house made of cushions from the lounge. His car is parked out front. He uses a tea-towell for a bed, and a tissue box for a chair. Jemima lives in the fully-furnished doll’s house. It is spacious with two storeys and a pool.

Little Rabbit is on the carpet between the houses. He doesn’t really have a home anymore and he doesn’t want to choose. It was easier when Jemima and Big Ted lived together.

Under the tiny cotton nose on Little Rabbit’s face, someone with a permanent marker has drawn a big black frown.

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Friday Fictioneers is a challenge set by Rochelle Fields where writers around the world create 100 word stories inspired by the one image. For more information see: 

http://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2014/04/16/18-april-2014

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39 Comments

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39 responses to “Little Rabbit’s home (Friday Fictioneers)

  1. Dear Jessie,

    Unless I missed something, I’d say that little Jemima is going to her happy spot where life is safe and parents don’t fight. Am I warm? I knew a child like her. 😉 Good one.

    shalom,

    Rochelle

    • You were close! As biologically impossible as it might sound, Jemima is Little Rabbit’s mum and she got the big house in the divorce settlement. Thanks for another fantastic week Rochelle!

  2. A sad tale told beautifully

  3. Oh no, Jessie. Big Ted and Jemima have split up?! Clever to use them to tell a bigger and sad story.

  4. I also wonder if we are inside the POV of a child from a broken home. This sweet story seems to have a sad layer. Well written .

  5. Well written and quite sad. Good job.

  6. Jessie, that’s a wonderful way of telling a sad story from a child’s POV. Well done. (“Towel”, not “towell.”)

    janet

  7. Ah, poor confused Little Rabbit – very inspired way to relate an all too-common situation in our society. Well done, Jessie!

  8. mscwhite

    Very clever! An effective way to communicate an important story.

  9. Things are not going very well in the Rabbit world, is it? I wish the permanent marker was a cheap duplicate and the frown comes off soon 🙂

  10. I’ve known many children over my years of teaching who knew this place intimately. It is always a sad story. You’ve told it well.

  11. Very cleverly told. Divorce through the eyes of a child in her world of toys. Loved it. Fabulous POV

  12. I know close friends who lived through this and it was awful – hard on them and hard on the parents. Poor kid – hope you make it through! Nan 🙂

  13. This is so cleverly told. I almost feel like it should be made into a book to help children express their feelings about divorce. Brilliantly done 🙂

  14. Wow… I think this is the best I’ve read. I love it.

  15. Poor Little Rabbit – you really described well the sense of loss and desperation at his parents divorce.

  16. I was smiling along thinking what a sweet story it was,until I realized what had really happened. I feel very bad when children get stuck in the turmoil that erupts between two parents who just can’t stay together anymore, not even for their kids’ sake… You wrote this beautifully.

  17. When you said we had similar writing styles, I knew I had to check it out. This is really good. The subtlety and metaphor effectively set up the perspective. Well done. Cheers!

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