This year’s Easter Round Robin has certainly kept us guessing! Who knows where Morton S. Gray will take us this Easter Sunday? Let’s find out! Remember to read right until the end for a competition
To enjoy this story, make sure you read the extracts in order:
Part One by Berni Stevens is HERE
Part Two by Rhoda Baxter is HERE
Part Three by Kirsty Ferry is HERE
The Easter Bunny – Part Four by Morton S. Gray
Dan felt the hairs stand up on the back of his neck. Everything had gone very quiet. Too quiet. By rights, he should be able to hear Josh’s excited shouting and the blasted dog, Zaph’s barks, but in the shade of the trees all was completely silent.
Panic gripped his heart.
‘Josh. Josh, where are you? Josh?’
No reply, no sound at all.
Tilly hadn’t kidnapped his son, had she? Oh, help!
He began to move through the trees, scanning left and right, trying to fight down the blind panic and think clearly, trying to catch sight of his son, a blonde-haired woman and a dog. Nothing! How could they have just disappeared?
Unbelievably, ahead he could see a rabbit, sitting next to a sparkly egg. The rabbit made no attempt to run away, which in itself seemed very strange.
It couldn’t be the same rabbit they’d followed, could it?
Dan leaned down to pick up the egg, too late remembering Josh’s tale of rabbit poop.
He wiped the squiggly mass off his fingers on the grass and examined the egg. This wasn’t a crude wooden egg with a number on it, like the others. This looked expensive and could the sparkles be … no, don’t be silly, Dan … impossible. Why would anyone hide such an egg?
The rabbit began to bound off.
‘Hey, you, wait. What have you done with my son?’
He was talking to rabbits now?
Dan followed the rabbit, feeling very stupid, but not knowing what else to do. The trees were thinning ahead. Maybe the rabbit knew something he didn’t. Dan, you’ve gone mad!
Beyond the coppice was a flat lawn in front of a huge mansion. Dan breathed again, as he realised Josh was safe, playing with huge chess pieces on a part of the lawn that had been mown to resemble a chess board. The child didn’t look up.
Tilly, now minus her coat and wearing a blue dress was sitting on a bench next to an elderly woman who looked like a queen. Did she really have a daisy chain on her head?
The rabbit bounded over to the bench.
‘There he is,’ exclaimed the elderly woman.
‘Who?’ asked Tilly. Then, she broke into a broad grin when she caught sight of Dan emerging from the trees.
Dan wanted to shout at Josh for running off, at Tilly for not coming back with his son, but somehow the words stuck in his throat. Magic? They’d mentioned magic and he felt bewitched.
He walked over to the two women, as if he was on automatic pilot, and held out the jewelled egg on his palm.
‘I found this.’
The old lady giggled and took it from him. She nudged Tilly. ‘See, all we need now is a kiss.’
‘I really must apologise, Dan. We should have come straight back to you, but I found Aunt Elsie sitting out here and Josh got excited by the chess set. My aunt’s not supposed to be out on her own after a bad fall last year.’
‘Introduce me, girl and stop treating me like a ninny. I’m perfectly capable of sitting safely in my own garden.’ Even though she looked frail, her voice held authority, as if she was used to being obeyed.
Tilly sighed. ‘Dan meet Aunt Elsie.’
She watched Dan shake hands with her aunt. He had that glazed look that men got when they came into this part of the garden. Tilly had seen it before and could almost believe the tales of magic.
The rabbit was nibbling grass at their feet.
‘See, this is the egg.’ Elsie held it up in front of her eyes. The sunlight glinted off the jewels on its surface.
The rabbit stopped nibbling the grass and froze.
No, no. I don’t want to come back. I like my life. Don’t open the egg. No kisses, right. Stupid sparkly egg.
Suddenly, Tilly’s dog, Zaph ran barking out of the undergrowth at the far side of the garden. Josh yelled as the dog scattered the chess pieces he’d been arranging so carefully. As one, Tilly and Dan bent to scoop up the rabbit. Their heads collided. Dan saw stars. The last sound he heard was the old lady’s laughter.
Oooh, a fabulous penultimate part from Morton S Gray – but how can Angela Britnell possibly end this magical little story? You’ll find out tomorrow in the last part of our Easter Round Robin. Make sure you’re back here for the ending!
If you enjoyed Morton’s writing, you might like to check out her debut novel – The Girl on the Beach. Click the image above for more information.
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