This is part one of chapter one in the story series called The Heard with a subtitle of The Rabbit Revolution. Because of the nature of these stories I want to post the parts in the read more section so people who are just surfing the internet won’t be offended by my words. This chapter speaks of the history of the rabbit cause as well as it speaks to a kind of telling of that history many are formilar with. The propaganda style speaking of their history without covering the bad parts. It also introduces us to the main character of the story. As soon as the chapter is finished and all parts are posted I will post the chapter as a PDF on the PDF page. Long Live the Rabbit Kingdom.
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Chapter 1, Part 1
Every Ending has a Beginning
Since the dawn of time man has lived alongside the other animals in the animal kingdom. Man decided he was the master of his own domain and the other animals were theirs to do with as they see fit. One animal saw the inevitable outcome of one animal taking dominion over the rest. That animal was the rabbit. The rabbit watched as primitive man fashioned tools and used these tools to further their takeover of the natural order. Then the humans turned their new skills to killing other animals. When rabbits joined the menu, they knew they would have to act. Rabbits will never have a size advantage over the human, but rabbits are smart. They were building societies when humans were following the food and gathering like locusts. The rabbits came together to form the Heard, the first kingdom on earth.
The first plan was to just out breed the humans and eventually over run them with numbers. This plan was fraught with parallel. It also meant that the rabbit species would have to push the limits to how many rabbits their society could provide for. The war would bring about population control but until then the rabbit numbers would be more than the society could take care of. Still an experiment was planned for a remote area with a type of human that would provide a challenge. They called themselves Neanderthals.
The small village was quiet. The humans were sleeping. The rabbit army surrounded the village. About 85 humans and 40,000 rabbits. Some rabbits wore the new armor while the rest went into battle only in their own fur. This came to be known as the rabbit wave. A wave of rabbits that covered anything in their way. To call this a village was generous. The humans slept in a pile to keep each other warm. One of the humans woke up and went to the edge of their encampment to urinate. He saw the rabbit army first. He also as the first to die. The wave moved in and rolled over the dozing pissing man. Even with the advantage of numbers the human managed to kill ten rabbits before he was brought down. The sound woke the rest of the humans. When it was over the bodies of 85 human and 8,900 rabbit bodies littered the ground.
The experiment was a failure. The Neanderthals were stupid compared to the other humans. With a 104 to 1 kill ratio they would need over 100,000 rabbits to justify such a stratagem over a small village. To be sure of the outcome the experiment was replicated until there were no more Neanderthals left. Millions died to eliminate one kind of human. Still when the last one died a holiday was pronounced. On the longest day of the year Domination N as in Neanderthal day became an important day in the rabbit culture. It eventually came to be known as DN day.
With the humans living closer together every year the rabbit numbers needed would be in the millions soon. It was decided that the rabbit nation would go underground. They would play the long game. Humans would be led to believe that rabbits were as stupid as the other animals in the kingdom. This would have devastating consequences for many rabbits. The nation would have to stand by as humans killed and ate their own. The humans also wore their fur. Fur they didn’t earn. Long before the first human spoke his or her first word the rabbit nation chose their first queen and built their first city in the earth away from humans.
Safe in the new kingdom the rabbit nation advanced at a great rate. When humans first found the heat and safety that is fire, rabbits where developing electronics and computers. When humans first developed bronze the rabbits were building biochemical machines. Have you ever saw a rabbit twitch it’s ears? That is the biochemical sonar detecting danger or the rabbit is receiving new data from the heard network. It was in this biochemical research that the next plan was hatched. A plague. A pathogen was developed to kill off maybe 20% of the humans, but in some places the disease that came to be known as The Black Death or bubonic plague killed as much as 25% to 50% of the humans. Best of all they blamed the cats. Eventually the humans found a way to live through the disease.
To help with this plan the rabbits made an uneasy alliance with the rats. Unlike the rabbits, the rats had no formal society or centralized system. Rats lived for themselves. This made it hard to trust the rats because at any time a rat could change its mind or focus and abandon the plan or worse turn on the rabbits. During the plague incident, the rats came to see that their lives or lifestyle I greatly improved with the inclusion of humanity. They throw away enough food to not just maintain the rat population but help grow its ranks exponentially. They can breed at will with little to no consequences. The 358-queen of the rabbits said, “the fuck happy rats want to do as they want without seeing the big picture.” She set the precedent of “use the rats don’t trust the rats.”
The same can’t be said for the other great scourge. The dog was once one of the smartest animals in the animal kingdom. That was until they choose a side. The sided with humanity. They went from apex predators to guards and eventually pets. In the process, their genetics were manipulated with interbreeding creating a loyal yet dependent beast of the human condition. The ones that stayed wild, the wolves went feral and are now no better than the demon known as cat.
Rabbit equality is paramount to the success of the rabbit kingdom. All rabbits are equal and all rabbits are important. Every rabbit from the scouts in the field to the queen has a job and a purpose. The goal of the kingdom is a strong rabbit presence now and in the future. The elimination of humans will insure the rabbit cause. When the threats are eliminated the rabbit nation, will rise and take over the earth. Long live the queen. Long live the Heard. Long live the rabbit Kingdom.
The rabbit closed the pamphlet. He likes reading the old propaganda. It reminds him of why he does what he does. Although really, he does it because he likes too. Killing humans is his passion. He is known by all as the General. He knows the equality of rabbits is a myth. Some rabbits are more important than others. Then you have the furies. The plush bunnies that are pets to mankind. This includes the poor white rabbits used for experiments by the humans. The few that escape tell stories of horror and misery. That is if they can talk at all. Many of them after years of inbreeding are little more than eating and shitting machines with no value.
Most rabbits don’t have a name they have a number. A rabbit must earn his or her name. Every day on the armed forces rabbit radio they read off numbers of rabbits killed in action. He has herd that the humans found the broadcast but they don’t understand the number station the way a rabbit does. A rabbit gives its life to serve the kingdom. Its live is only as valuable as how its death serves the cause. Then there are the unfortunate rabbits killed to displace populations out of balance. A dead rabbit in the road is a displaced rabbit serving the cause. Some rabbits are killed because of the rabbit network. Every rabbit is hard wired to receive information from the network. Many must stop to receive. Many die because they stopped. Such is the life of the drone.
These are short stories I wrote. Some are connected to the larger books I am working on others are just for the fun of story telling.
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