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« Reply #30 on: August 03, 2017, 12:03:14 AM »
Pipkin is amazing! :pipkin

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« Reply #31 on: August 06, 2017, 03:32:58 PM »
Here is chapter 6 :) If you haven't read TFWD, Tindra is another young doe who lives at Watership Down.

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CHAPTER 6: ESCAPE?

Or else how can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.
--Matthew 12:29 (KJV)

It was fu Inlé.  After an exhausting day, Clover had finally brought her kittens underground.  As soon as they were asleep, she went back above ground to silflay: having spent most of the day keeping an eye on her kittens, she had not been able to get much to eat.  Other rabbits shared her predicament, so she was not alone at silflay.  She approached a few rabbits who were having a discussion.
-”Did you come up with anything today, Blackberry?” one of them asked.
-”I thought of something earlier, Bigwig,” answered Blackberry.  “We have to convince Prince Rainbow that the Black Rabbit is sick and needs to see him.  It shouldn't be too hard, considering what the General did to him.  And while Prince Rainbow is gone, everyone else sneaks out.”
-”That's a good idea,” replied Bigwig, “but how are we going to convince him of that?  Even El-ahrairah never pulled any tricks like this.”
-”Actually, he did,” corrected Dandelion.
-”I don't think I ever heard that story,” said Clover.  “Do you mind telling us more about it?”
-”This is an urgent situation!  This is not the time for a story!” complained Bigwig.
-”I know how urgent it is,” said Blackberry, “but there is a lot to learn from El-ahrairah stories.  Go ahead Dandelion.”

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-”Vell, eet seems I did fly ye to da moon, ya?”
Pipkin did not reply.  He was simply clinging desperately to Kehaar's feathers to avoid falling to his death.  He had always wanted to fly when he was younger, and now that he had the opportunity, he realized how terrifying it was, especially since the gull seemed to be rapidly losing strength.  Each flap of his wings was slower than the previous one, and Pipkin knew he would soon have to land.
-”Dere!  'ome.”
Pipkin opened his eyes, and much to his relief, saw the shape of Watership Down close by.  Kehaar gradually flew closer to the ground, until he suddenly fell from the sky.

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Meanwhile on the ground, Dandelion was telling his story:
-”And then El-ahrairah said...”
-”Look!  What's that thing in the sky?” said a young doe.
-”That's not what he said, Tindra, he said...”
-”I know he didn't say that, I meant there's something in the sky for real!”
-”Tindra is right,” said Strawberry, as he stared at the shape in the sky, rapidly becoming larger.  “Frith and Inlé, it's Kehaar!  Look out, everyone, he's going to crash!”
Everyone bolted away as Kehaar crash-landed where they were moments before.  Pipkin was ejected from the gull's back and landed further away in Bigwig's face.
-”Oo!  Aa!  Sorry for da soodin landin, meester Peepkeen.”

Pipkin remained silent, thinking of Bluebell's words the previous summer: “Kehaar'll fly you to the moon, Hlao-roo, and you can come down on Bigwig's head like a birch branch in the frost.” Was that a prophetic vision like Fiver and Hyzenthlay sometimes have?  His thoughts were interrupted as he was tackle-hugged by a small doe.
-”Pipkin!  I missed you.”
-”It's great to see you again, Nyreem, but there's something terrible...”
-”What is wrong with you Pipkin?” shouted Bigwig in anger.  “Joyriding on that poor gull's back, jumping in my face and ripping off one of my whiskers, I have a good mind...”
Pipkin did not wait for Bigwig to finish his rant:
-”Bigwig, something terrible happened!  Prince Rainbow was extremely angry, I was lucky to make it here alive.  I ran away like a coward, I left all the others there...”
-”You're not a coward, Pipkin,” said Nyreem.  “If what you say is true, you had no choice but to run away for your own safety, and there was nothing you could have done to help the others.”
-”I appreciate that, Nyreem,” replied Pipkin, as he nuzzled his friend.
-”There isn't a moment to lose,” declared Holly, “We have to go to that warren now and rescue everyone.”
-”And get preyed upon by all the owls and the badgers along the way?” complained Hawkbit.  “Not a chance, mates.  We wait until morning.  That should also give Prince Rainbow time to calm down.”
-”Actually, now would be the best time,” objected Clover.  “I remember Prince Rainbow saying something about sleeping at night.  We would have a higher chance of success if he is asleep.”
-”Let's have a vote,” suggested Thethuthinnang.  “All those in favour of waiting until morning raise their paws.” Hawkbit, Speedwell and Scabious voted.  “All those in favour of leaving now?” Hrair rabbits raised their paws.  “Hrair against three.  We leave now.”

Holly looked at the crowd, and selected a small group of rabbits to take part in the mission: Dandelion, Thethuthinnang, Blackberry, Strawberry, Pipkin and Threar.  They made their way towards the edge of the Down, when they heard Bigwig's voice:
-”What about me?  Why am I not coming along?”
-”Well, Prince Rainbow evicted you, didn't he?” replied Strawberry.  “I don't think he would be very happy to see you come back.”
-”But Pipkin was evicted too!  Why does HE get to go along?”
-”I already failed Hazel and the others once.  I won't fail them again,” said Pipkin.
-”The truth, Bigwig, is that if something goes wrong, you will be our backup,” explained Holly.  “If we're not back two days from now, you will have to come and rescue us.”
-”And besides,” added Clover, “you're needed here.  To help me keep the kittens safe.”

Bigwig wanted to argue, but he realized that Holly and Clover made some valid points, so he quietly nodded in agreement.  A few minutes later, the rabbits left the Down and were on their way to Prince Rainbow's warren, while Clover went back underground.  Bigwig remained on the edge of the Down, staring at the patrol and praying to Frith that they all remain safe throughout their journey, especially his mate Thethuthinnang.
-”What's going on?” came the sudden voice of Hawkbit.  “Where are they all going?”
-”To rescue Hazel and the others, of course,” replied Bigwig.
-”Why am I not coming along?”
-”Did you forget that you didn't want to participate, because you wanted to wait until morning?”
-”'I can't win, can I?” asked Hawkbit with a sigh.
-”Hawkbit!” shouted Clover out of the warren's main entrance.  “Kehaar woke up the kittens when he crashed, and now they refuse to go back to sleep unless someone tells them a story.  Since Dandelion is away on patrol, you'll have to do it instead.”
-"So sorry, meess Clover..."
-”Do you think I could try and catch up with the patrol?” whispered Hawkbit.  “I would rather do that than deal with those kittens again.”
-”Just do as she says,” said Bigwig, doing his best to contain his frustration.  “Go tell them a story...”

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Hazel was asleep, pressed tightly against Hyzenthlay, when suddenly he felt someone caress his fur.
-”Your fur is so soft, Hyzenthlay my dear...” he mumbled in his sleep.
-”This isn't Hyzenthlay, Hazel.  It's Fiver.”
Hazel slowly opened his eyes, and looked at his brother.
-”Sorry Fiver.  Anyway, what's going on?  Why are you waking me up in the middle of the night?”
-”Vilthuril wants to show you something.  Now.  She says it can't wait until morning.”
Hazel got up, doing his best not to disturb his mate.  As he left the burrow, he cast a last glance at her.  She was still sound asleep in the middle of the burrow.

Fiver led Hazel to a small burrow; it used to be Clover's before she ran away.  Vilthuril was sitting in the middle of the burrow, her fur covered with dirt.  At the back of the burrow, there was a large rock, the same one that would have killed Campion a few days before had Hyzenthlay not saved him.  Vilthuril pushed it into a corner, revealing a secret tunnel behind it.
-”Clover started digging this escape tunnel during her first night here.  After she ran away, I've been continuing it with Nelthilta and Bluebell.  It ends in the woods just beyond the spot where Prince Rainbow dumped the twig fragments after he finished inspecting the anti-detoxiculation thing...you know what I mean.  That's not as far as I would have hoped, but if we run fast, we may be able to make it far from here before Prince Rainbow notices our absence.”
-”I don't think this is a good idea,” replied Hazel.  “What if things go wrong?  You saw how he nearly killed Pipkin with his fireballs earlier.  He will burn us all alive!”
-”I have a bad feeling about this whole idea,” came a voice from just outside the burrow.  Everyone turned to see who had spoken; it was Hyzenthlay.
-”I tried not to disturb you when I left,” said Hazel sadly.  “I'm sorry I woke you anyway.”
-”Don't blame yourself, Hazel, it's not your fault.  I had a dream that we all ran away through a tunnel, and one of us was lost in the process.  So I got up to investigate, and it's a good thing I did.  Or something terrible would have happened.”
-”Which one of us was lost?”
-”I don't remember.  All I know is it wasn't Cowslip or Woundwort.”
-”What do you think, Fiver?”
Fiver was in a corner of the burrow, hopping in circles, seemingly out of touch with reality.  Hazel had to call out to him a few times before he finally responded.
-”Hyzenthlay is right,” he said.  “The tunnel looks suspiciously like the pit leading to the Black Rabbit's warren.  If we use it, one of us will be lost.  But I have a feeling that even if we don't use the tunnel, one of us will still be lost.”
-”Which one of us?”
-”I don't know...”
-”Maybe you're both right,” said Vilthuril sadly, as she pushed the rock back into the tunnel's entrance.  “Maybe we shouldn't use this escape tunnel.  I'll sleep on it; maybe, in the morning, we will all feel differently.”
Hazel and Hyzenthlay went back to their burrow, where they lied down close to each other and fell asleep almost instantly.  Fiver and Vilthuril went to their own burrow, but they had trouble going back to sleep, as Fiver was still worried about the potential risks of the tunnel.

As they left Clover's burrow, none of the four rabbits noticed the overweight rabbit who had been spying on their conversation, and sneaked away to tell General Woundwort what he had heard...

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Early that morning, just as the rabbits were starting to wake up, Prince Rainbow announced a new challenge.
-”Today, you shall have to raid the garden at Nuthanger Farm, your goal being to bring as much flayrah as possible back to the warren.  The winner gets to eat the two losers' flayrah in addition to their own, with the one bringing the least amount of flayrah being evicted.  This time, Cowslip, Fiver and Vilthuril shall participate.  You all leave now!  And don't you dare stray away from the path to the farm.  If you try to run away, I can promise you a quick but painful death.”
He threw a fireball at Fiver and Vilthuril, and they immediately ran out of the warren to begin their journey to the farm.  They were both rather anxious about the whole idea, especially after the vision Fiver had had during the night, but they didn't have much of a choice, after what Prince Rainbow had said.

Meanwhile, Prince Rainbow was scanning the various burrows, looking for the third contestant in the farm raid challenge.
-”Where is Cowslip?  Where is he?  Where?  Where where where!  If nothing else makes him show up, I might as well try to annoy him.  WWHHEERREE!!”

By ni-Frith, Fiver and Vilthuril had reached the farm's garden, and Vilthuril started nibbling a beautiful head of lettuce in the garden.
-”That's strange.  Cowslip isn't here,” she suddenly said.  “I don't remember seeing him at warren either today.”
-”This is not the time to worry about Cowslip!” said an alarmed Fiver.  “This place stinks of humans!  We have to get out of here.”
-”Are you sure we really should leave?  You don't know which one of us is going to be lost.  Maybe it's Cowslip, and that's why he's not here.  Besides, it would be a shame to leave all this flayrah to rot in the ground.”
-”O Vilthuril, my dear, this place is terrible!  Hyzenthlay said it wasn't Cowslip, so it may very well be one of us.  And if it is someone who is still at the warren, we won't be there to help them.”
She paused for a few seconds, before saying:
-”You make some valid points.  Let's get out of here.”
The two rabbits turned towards the lane, when they saw the farmer with his gun, hiding pitifully behind a tree.  He had seen Prince Rainbow's fireballs the previous day and was on his way to investigate, when he had caught the rabbits in the act.  They began running as fast as they could, but it was already too late: a shot rang out, and both rabbits collapsed.

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Cowslip and Woundwort travelled all night before they finally reached the Warren of Shining Wires.  When they arrived early that morning, Cowslip was surprised to find everyone above ground, but strangely, nobody was eating the flayrah.
-”What are you doing here, Cowslip?”
It was Silverweed who had spoken, and he was staring at Cowslip.  The large rabbit was perplexed by this question.
-”My friends, we now have the opportunity to destroy those hostile hlessil who gave us so much trouble la-”
-”You really are mad, Cowslip.  I'm going to the warren where they are, but not to destroy them.  We will free them.  Anyone who wishes to help is free to come.”
-”Why are you all leaving?  Think of everything you're just throwing away!  Those lettuces, those carrots, all that flayrah...”
-”What in the name of the Black Rabbit is happening around here?” asked Woundwort, who had witnessed the entire conversation.
-”The price is too high to pay,” said Silverweed.  “We're through with the wire, Cowslip.  It's over now.  While you were gone, I managed to make everyone realize that all this is wrong.”
-”No...no, that's impossible...this cannot be!  Why this sudden change of attitude?  Why have you all turned against me...why?  Why is life so terrible?  This is not happening.  No...this is not happening!  No!  NOOOOOOOOOO!”
At that point he burst into a run, hopping as fast as if he was being chased by elil, squealing all the way.
-”What's the matter with that buck?” said a perplexed General.  “Has he gone crazy or something?
-”He was crazy all his life, General Woundwort,” said Silverweed simply.
-”Oh, well that expla...hey, wait a moment!  How do you know my name?  Oh...I assume you're that mystic rabbit Cowslip told me about?  Good, I have a mission for...why are you staring at me like this?  You're not seriously thinking...I am the mighty General Woundwort!  I defeated even the Black Rabbit himself!  You cannot penetrate my mind!  You cannot defeat me!  It is impo-AAAAA!”
He then collapsed to the ground, twitching and screaming as Silverweed penetrated his mind.  His entire life went past his eyes, from the death of both his parents, to his own death fighting the dog the Watership Down rabbits had unleashed on him during the battle.  Then he saw his life after his return from beyond, his time at Prince Rainbow's warren, and finally he saw himself inside a human building he had never seen before.  With that, he lost consciousness; his body lay motionless in front of Silverweed.

At that moment, the farmer got out of his house to check the snares for victims.  Silverweed shot him a quick look, at which he screamed and ran back inside his house, where he collapsed on the floor.  Meanwhile, all the rabbits (except Woundwort, who was still unconscious) left the warren, hopping towards Prince Rainbow's warren.

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The human was laughing, very loudly.  In one hand, he held the body of a rabbit, and in the other, his gun.  Next to him was General Woundwort, smiling cruelly.
-”No!  Please don't take her!  Take me, but leave her, please!” begged Fiver, who was standing in front of the human.
-”Nah, I wont, see?  I wont!  Ill tek er and you too!  I only got som o er fur, but I want er whole!  An I want all dem bunnies!  Ill tek em all!  All of em!  Just tray an stop meh!”
-”No!  You have to let her go!”
The human continued laughing and just as he was about to shoot the rabbit in his hand, a rainbow fell on his head.  He screamed, and started pulling at his neck, which was now caught in a shining wire.  The wire kept getting tighter, until it cut his head off.  It fell on the General, crushing him with a gruesome noise.

Fiver woke up.  The human and the General were gone.  It was all just a dream, but a really terrifying one.  He turned around and saw his beloved Vilthuril, lying on her side.  Further away in the grass, he could see a little black stone, just like the ones Kehaar had removed from Hazel's leg the previous summer.  Only then did he remember what had happened, how they had gone to raid the farm and the farmer had shot at them.  He must have gone tharn and blacked out as the farmer fired.  He immediately ran over to Vilthuril.
-”Vilthuril!  Vilthuril how badly are you hurt?”
The doe opened her eyes and looked at her mate.
-”I'm all right...”
-”The human shot you!  Look at the black stone over there.”
She got up and shook herself.
-”I think it just scratched me.  I'm not really hurt.”
-”Thank Frith you're all right.  I don't know what I would have done if you had stopped running.”
-”I'm sorry I didn't listen to your warnings earlier.  We might have avoided this whole situation if I had.”
-”There is no point in regretting the past.  Let's just take some lettuce and go back to the warren, before the human returns.”
The two rabbits ran back to the garden.  Each took a small head of lettuce, and bolted away.  Once they were a safe distance from the farm, they decided to take a break to nibble their flayrah.  The leaves were soft and tender; it was the best thing that had happened to them since they had first arrived at Prince Rainbow's warren.
-”Fiver dear, while I was unconscious back then,” said Vilthuril, “I felt something.  I don't know how to describe it, it was an idea, a really crazy one, but it is absolutely true.  I know it”
-”I know what you mean, Vilthuril.  I've had a few ideas like this over the seasons.  What did you feel?”
-”I think I know why Prince Rainbow brought us to that warren.”
-”I have been wondering that ever since Kehaar brought us there.  Why?”
-”You see, it's...”
« Last Edit: August 06, 2017, 03:50:10 PM by Chipster-roo »
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« Reply #32 on: August 10, 2017, 12:49:12 PM »
I'd rather go to war or dangerous missions than babysitting XD baby bunnies. Hackbit is the ultimate HAHAHAHA Silverweed is taking control of the bright threads to help his friends, Adios Cowslip, no one loves you. The general is going through great difficulties, even when he is so strong that he defeated Inle's black rabbit. And our protagonists were saved from that armed human. Is it time for the conclusion? Because the rabbit has done this? And what does Bluebell have to do with the lucky rabbit?   :blackberry3
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« Reply #33 on: August 10, 2017, 04:10:46 PM »
Thank you Acacia :) I'm glad you liked the part with Hawkbit, I had a lot of fun writing it :hawkbit3

There is just one more chapter to go, that will provide all the answers :fiver :vilthuril :hyzenthlay

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« Reply #34 on: August 13, 2017, 03:47:49 PM »
This is the last chapter.  I had some trouble writing it, I hope it makes sense.  The character of Prake comes from TFWD.  The brief mention of the Ilips is also a reference to TFWD.

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CHAPTER 7: EXIT RUNNING

 "The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off."
--Gloria Steinem

The General was slowly waking up.  He groaned in pain; his limbs felt week.  The ground under him felt unusually hard, as if he was lying on a rock.  He opened his eyes and saw that it was not an ordinary rock, but a weird arrangement of square stones placed one next to each other like a grid.  He wanted to scratch his ear, but strangely, his hind legs couldn't reach it.  He took a look at one of his front paws, and saw with horror that it did not have any fur on it (it did, however, have unusually long toes with dirty nails).  Barely muffling a scream, he stood up on his hind legs, and realized to his horror that he was inside a human burrow.  There were many things he had never seen before in his life, and there was a gun right next to where he was lying.  What he noticed next was the worst of all: his entire body was changed.  It was covered with large, dirty, colourful pieces of fur that didn't even feel like fur, and he was much larger than before.  He had turned into a human.

In a state of terror, he grabbed the gun and ran out of the building screaming.  He stepped inside a snare and fell to the ground.  He shook it off and got back up.  He was determined to capture Silverweed and force him to give him his rabbit body back.  It was only then that he saw it, lying in the grass further away.  And a voice came from it:
-”No!  Please don't kill me!  Please!  If you let me have my body back, I swear I'll never trap any more rabbits!  I swear to God I won't!”
-”Who are you?” shouted the General's human body.  “What are you doing in my body?  And who in Frith's name is God?”
-”You mean...we had our bodies switched?  YOU are the rabbit whose body I am in now?”
-”I guess you're right, human!  It's the fault of that embleer rabbit Silverweed!  Do you know where I can find him?  Speak up!  Do you want a little black stone inside you?”
-”I...I heard him leave...with all the others...he was saying something about Prince Rainbow's warren...whatever that means...”
-”All right!  I'll get him back, and I swear, by Frith and the Black Rabbit of Inlé, that I will have revenge against him, once I get my body back!”
-”You mean...you're not going to kill me?”
The General paused for a moment.  He always wanted to kill as many elil as possible, and now he had the opportunity to kill the most dangerous one of all: a human.  But he brushed away the idea.
-”No, I won't.  Don't misunderstand me, I would love to, but if I want to get my body back, I don't want to get it back with a black stone inside it!  So STAY HERE, DON'T MOVE, KEEP MY BODY ALIVE, AND I'LL BE BACK BEFORE YOU CAN COUNT TO HRAIR!”
He then dropped his gun and started running towards the warren of Prince Rainbow.  It was much harder than expected, as the human body he was trapped in was not very good at smelling, preventing him from identifying any familiar scents.  Also, he saw the world from a much higher perspective than ever before, rendering all visual clues he knew useless.

The farmer in Woundwort's body, meanwhile, was completely tharn.  Slowly walking across the grass, not thinking about where he was going, he got trapped in one of the snares he himself had placed there.  Since there were no other rabbits nearby to dig out the peg, he slowly suffocated to death.

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Meanwhile at Prince Rainbow's warren, the rabbits were worried about the sudden absence of Cowslip and Woundwort.  They also had another, much bigger problem to worry about: Fiver and Vilthuril had been gone for a long time.  What if something bad had happened to them?  Just as Hazel was about to leave to search for them, a human arrived.  His worst fears were dismissed when he realized that the human wasn't carrying the bodies of Fiver and Vilthuril, but he was still a threat to the warren, especially since he had a gun.  Hazel stamped and went back underground.
-”I'm afraid that this will be your final challenge,” explained Prince Rainbow.  “The Black Rabbit is unable to continue his work and Frith ordered him to go on vacation.  And he chose me to replace Inlé-rah in his absence.  It's quite a nuisance, but I am forced to obey.”
-”Oh, yes, and I suppose the Black Rabbit also sent this human here to allow you to practice with a few of us?” joked Bluebell.
-”No, the human came of his own free will.  Apparently those fireballs I threw yesterday attracted his attention.”
-“You mean humans actually think?” asked Hyzenthlay.
-”They have the ability to think, but unfortunately they don't use it often enough.  Anyway, your last challenge is to get rid of him.  It can't be done by fighting of fair words.  You will have to trick him.  The one who succeeds in getting him away wins the entire competition.”
The three remaining rabbits looked at each other.
-”I have no idea how we're going to do this...”
-”Maybe we could use the dog at the farm?”
-”How about digging under his feet so he will collapse?”
-”No, it's tied with a chain, now.”
-”Let's just stay here until he goes away.”
-”Maybe get Bigwig to fight him?”
-”No, humans never hurry.  They are so embleer slow!”
They kept arguing until suddenly, they heard squealing coming from above ground.  Hazel peaked out of a tunnel and saw Cowslip running blindly across the field.  The human aimed at him and a shot rang out.  The bullet found its way in Cowslip's side, making him squeal in agony and collapse.  This was followed by loud rumbling from the sky.  Hazel immediately ran back underground.
-”Nobody go above ground,” he said.  “The Black Rabbit is coming.”
-”Which one of us will stop running?” asked Bluebell.
-”Cowslip.”
At that moment, they heard a few voices coming from outside.
-”No!  Please, don't take me just yet!” begged Cowslip.
-”I'm afraid it's time,” said the Black Rabbit emotionlessly.  “You have led a bad life, but you still have a chance.  Come with me on my vacation.”
-”But...where are we going?”
-”Do you realize what you just did?  You asked me where.  You never would have been able to do this before.  It's time, now.  Let it go and run with me.”

Cowslip's spirit then left his body and followed the Black Rabbit, passing right through the feet of another human, who had arrived just moments before.
-”Oh, my friend, you have no idea what just happened!” said the first human, all shaken up.  “A black rabbit dropped from the sky and left with the soul of this rabbit I just shot.”
-”WHERE'S SILVERWEED?” shouted the second human.
-”Silverwhat?  What are you talk...”
-”SHUT UP AND GIVE ME THAT GUN!  HOW DOES THAT THING WORK?”
As Woundwort ripped the gun out of the farmer's hands and started touching the various parts of it, trying to figure out how to fire it, Fiver and Vilthuril arrived.  After staring with horror at the two humans, they bolted underground.  Despite everything he had just witnessed, the farmer still saw the rabbits as a threat to his garden.  He recognized them as the same two he thought he had killed back at the farm, and he was ready to try again.
-”They're over there!” he shouted.  “Shoot 'em!”

After roughly handling the gun for a few moments, Woundwort finally placed his finger on the trigger, firing a bullet straight upwards.  However, the recoil knocked him down.  While on the ground, he fired several more bullets in random directions, none of them hitting any rabbits, until he ran out of ammunition.
-”There's more!” said the farmer, pointing to a large crowd of rabbits who had just arrived.  Silverweed had successfully lead all his friends to the warren.

Ignoring the farmer, Woundwort tried to get up, only to receive a fireball in the face, knocking him back down.
-”General, now don't you think you've already caused enough trouble already?” said Prince Rainbow, throwing several more fireballs, until Woundwort finally fell unconscious.  “You already incapacitated the Black Rabbit, and now you're shooting me!  How do you expect the world to keep going if there's nobody left to ferry the souls to the land beyond life?”

At the moment, another group of rabbits arrived at the outskirts of the woods.  Blackberry and the rest of the the patrol from Watership Down had reached their destination.  Bluebell, who had been spying on the scene from the end of Vilthuril's tunnel, went back underground to notify the other four rabbits of the rescuers' arrival.  All five immediately ran above ground.
-”Friends, this experiment has served its purpose,” declared Prince Rainbow.  “It is now official that it is not a good idea to release tame rabbits into the wilderness.”
-”Except that this was already a known fact,” said Blackberry.  “I remember that spring back at Sandleford warren.  Many hlessil arrived, saying they had been released by humans.  Every day, several did not come back from silflay.  Elil must have killed them all...”
-”Well, let's just consider this another proof of this sad truth.”
-”I really don't see what all this has to do with these challenges we went through,” said Hazel.
-”That's because we all know that this was not the real purpose of this experiment,” said Fiver.
-”Are you calling me a liar?” shouted Prince Rainbow.  “How dare you, you impudent runt!”
-”Don't you dare talk about Fiver like that!” said Vilthuril.  “But since you're not going to tell us why you did this, I will.  You thought we were getting too heroic and too famous.  We were staining your reputation.”
-”Long ago,” continued Fiver, “there was a human who learned about our adventures.  How he found out, I have no idea, but he decided to share our adventures with other humans.  He wanted to show humanity what rabbits are really like, to replace all the stereotypes humans had invented.”
-”And so he told our story using something humans call a “book”.  The book retelling our adventures became really popular.  Other humans even re-enacted the story several times, with some changes each time.  Hrair humans, all over the world, even on the other side of the Big Water, learned about our lives.  They also learned of a few of the heroic exploits of our legendary hero El-ahrairah in the process, which were also retold in the book.”
-”But what they learned wasn't positive,” said Fiver with a sigh.  “They heard all about how you kept El-ahrairah prisoner in the Marshes of Kelfazin, and how you sent Hufsa to spy on him, Prince Rainbow.  Many years later, humans learned of your good deeds, such as how you gave El-ahrairah the charmed collar that kept him safe from the Ilips, but by that point it was too late, your reputation was irreversibly damaged.”
-”By Frith, they're right,” whispered Hyzenthlay.
-”You blamed us for all this,” continued Vilthuril, “since humans learned about it because of our adventures, so you decided to have revenge on us.  However, you seem to overlook the fact that this is all your fault, since you're the one who acted wickedly in the first place.  You absolutely deserve your negative reputation.”
-”And that is the real reason behind these challenges.  It is true that tame bunnies can't survive in the wilderness, but that's not the reason behind all this.”
Prince Rainbow remained silent for a few moments, before throwing a fireball in the middle of the crowd of rabbits.  Everyone bolted out of the way just in time.
-”You realize,” said Threar, “that by doing that just now you essentially confessed to the whole thing?”
-”Uh, I have to go now,” said Prince Rainbow rather awkwardly.  “You are all free to go back to your respective warrens.  Former rabbits of Cowslip's, you may take this warren as your own: I have no need for it anymore, now that this experiment is finished.  So, uh...farewell!”
As he finished talking, Prince Rainbow dissolved into a single beam of bright light, which then vanished into the sky.  The rabbits were free.
-”Wh...what just happened?” asked Hazel in disbelief.  “What was all that talk of stories and reputations?”
-”I'll explain everything once we're back at Watership Down,” said Hyzenthlay as she nuzzled him.

At that moment, Campion, Nelthilta and most of the Efrafran owsla arrived.  It had taken Campion a long time to convince the council that they had no choice but to invade Prince Rainbow's warren, and a long time to get there, since nobody had a clear idea of the warren's location.
-”What happened?” said Nelthilta.  “I just saw a bright...”
-”Prince Rainbow is gone, Nelthilta,” said Hazel.  “I don't know exactly what happened, but he's gone now.”
-”You see what I mean?” screamed the rebel councillor.  “That fool Campion dragged us all the way here for nothing!  Efrafa needs a better chief than him!”
-”I've had just about enough of your constant accusations!” shouted Campion.
-”You're trying to censor me!  My complaints are legitimate, but you don't like them, so you abuse your power to keep me silent.”

While the two rabbits were in the middle of a fierce argument, the farmer sat down in the grass and placed his head between his hands.
-”I'm going mad...” he mumbled.  “I see a huge rainbow, talking rabbits, one of whom has a soul...it's just like in that TV show young Lucy watches sometimes, I forget the title...something about boats, ships...”
-”Mr Cane, you know too much about this!” shouted Prince Rainbow as he dropped from the sky.  “You must forget!” He shot a rainbow at his forehead, knocking him unconscious and erasing his memories of the day.
-”Hey, Prince, while you're here, do you mind throwing one last fireball at this troublemaker over there?” said Nelthilta, gesturing at the rebel councillor.  Prince Rainbow promptly obliged, but the fireball knocked both the councillor and Campion unconscious.  “No you idiot, not Campion, just the other one!  Don't you ever do anything right?”
-”Don't worry, they will both wake up tonight.  Farewell forever!” With that, he vanished upwards again, for the last time.

The rabbits remained silent for a few moments, trying to make sense of what had just happened.
They could have -”Well, since there's clearly nothing left for us to do here, we'll be going back to Efrafa, I guess,” said Nelthilta.  “We'll have to carry Campion back, since he's in no state to walk right now.”
-”What about this other fellow?” an officer asked.
-”I think I know just what you should do with him.  Something that would prevent him from ever doing any more damage...” said Bluebell.

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The ground was uncomfortably cold.  The buck slowly woke up and realized that he was underground.  However, the burrow looked nothing like those in Efrafa.

He wandered through the runs, searching for an exit, before finally making it above ground.  It was fu Inlé, and a few rabbits were out at a late silflay.  His fears were realized: he really was not in Efrafa, but in another warren.  What was he doing there?
-”Hiya!” came the voice of another rabbit.  He turned around and saw a large doe, as large as him, approach.  “I'm glad you're finally awake.  How are you liking it, here at Thinial?”
-”Thinial?  So that's what this place is called?  Would you mind telling me how I got here?”
-”A large group of rabbits brought you here earlier this evening, and told us you were going to live here.  Their leader was called Nelthilta, I think.”
The former councillor cursed under his breath about how the Efrafans had kicked him out of his warren.
-”Would you mind taking me to your Chief Rabbit?  I would like to talk to him.”
-”You're talking to her right now.  My name is Prake.”
-”You?  Chief Rabbit?  But...but you're a doe!”
Prake sighed.
-”When Thinial was established, it was decided that this warren would be ruled by does.  My former partner as Chief was also a doe, and our owsla is made up entirely of does.  But I'm sure you will like it here.  We do our best to make sure all rabbits here, does and bucks alike, lead positive and enjoyable lives.”
The buck's ears drooped to the sides of his head.  Not only had the Efrafans kicked him out, but now he was doomed to live in a place where he would never be able to hold a position of power again.  What supreme humiliation!

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That evening at Watership Down, nearly all the rabbits in the warren were together in the Honeycomb, as they listened to Fiver and Hyzenthlay tell the story of their imprisonment in Prince Rainbow's warren, with the others adding occasional details.
-”It really sounds like you all went through a lot,” said Thethuthinnang once they had finished.  “I'm glad you all made it out of there alive.”
-”It's nice to see the former rabbits of Cowslip's warren managed to start a new life,” said Sandwort.  “They were a really nasty lot, from what I heard, hopefully they will change now.”
-”There's just one thing I don't understand,” wondered Blackberry.  “What happened to General Woundwort?  From what you've said, he was still there yesterday, but he mysteriously vanished overnight.  Shouldn't we be worried that he might launch another assault on us?”
-”I hope he won't be causing more problems,” said Clover.  “Especially after what Prince Rainbow made all of us go through...”
-”Actually, we do know what happened,” explained Fiver.  “I had a talk with Silverweed before leaving the warren, and he said that he put Woundwort's mind in the body of the second human who arrived at the warren.  Not the one from Nuthanger Farm, the other one.”
-”But won't that make him even more dangerous?” said Nyreem, horrified.  “Not only does he retain his ancient hatred and desire for conquest and destruction, but now he also has all human weapons and machines at his disposal.”
-”I don't think you have anything to worry about, Nyreem,” said Hyzenthlay reassuringly.  “None of the other humans will take him seriously when he claims to be a rabbit warrior who wants to destroy a warren of rabbits on Watership Down.  They will think he's insane.”
-”They might even send him to an asylum, just like in Pipkin's story,” joked Bluebell.
-”That's probably exactly what's going to happen,” said Vilthuril.

A while later, Hazel went above ground.  He approached Hyzenthlay, who was lying on the edge of the Down, feeling the soft breeze through her fur, with Thethuthinnang, Vilthuril and Fiver by her side.  He lied down next to them and started to nibble the clover.
-”I'm still wondering what happened with Prince Rainbow,” he said, “why he brought us to his warren for the challenges.  I don't understand Fiver and Vilthuril's explanation at all.”
-”I had trouble with it at first,” said Fiver.  “It's a good thing Vilthuril is very patient, or I never would have understood it either.”
-”You're too hard on yourself, Fiver,” said Vilthuril.  “But once you understand it, Hazel, you will see just how amazing it is.”
-”It's something about how humans know about our identities, but think we don't exist.  I'm having some trouble with it too,” confessed Thethuthinnang.
-”Hyzenthlay, you said you would explain it all to me once we were back home,” reminded Hazel.  “Could you please do it now?”
-”I'll do my best to explain it.  What's really amazing is that so far, none of the humans actually managed to figure out the truth.  Nobody figured out we are real, they all think we don't really exist, like Thethuthinnang said.  That's because...”
-”Look out!” shouted Fiver as he bolted away from the rest of the group.  Before anyone else could react, they found themselves tackled by Clover's four kittens, who started tickling their ears.
-”I forgot how rough kittens can be,” moaned Hazel.  “It's been so long since our litter grew up.”
-”We should have another one at some point,” said Hyzenthlay.
Fiver looked at his friends as they were being tickled.  After a few moments, he hopped over to Vilthuril and pushed the kitten off her back.  After nuzzling her, he took the kitten in his mouth and hopped away.
-”Hey!  What about the rest of us?” shouted Thethuthinnang.
-”Don't worry, I'll come back with help,” said Fiver, dropping the kitten in the process.  She ran away and entered the warren through a nearby tunnel.

Further away, two other rabbits were looking at the scene.
-”Looks like we'll have to chase your kittens again,” one of them said.
-”You're right about that, Blackberry,” replied the other one.  “But chasing kittens all day is so much better than being kept prisoner by Prince Rainbow.  Or in a hutch.”
-”That's true.  But honestly, Clover...I'm just glad you're alive.  Most hutch rabbits who end up in the wilderness don't live very long.  It's great you haven't fallen victim to elil over the past set of seasons.”
-”Prince Rainbow really is evil, isn't he?  Leading me far from Watership Down where elil could kill me more easily...”
It was at that moment that Fiver arrived, followed by Vilthuril.
-”So...you see what they're up against,” he said, pointing towards the spot where Hyzenthlay, Thethuthinnang and Hazel were still being tickled.  “Help?”
-”We're coming,” said Blackberry as he ran towards the group, with Clover, Vilthuril and Fiver following closely.  Life at Watership Down had some challenges, but it also brought freedom, equality and, most of all, happiness, for all rabbits living there.  Things none of them would ever want to give up.

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-”No, you don't understand!  I don't need any specialists!  I just need that embleer runt Silverweed to give me my body back!  Before that stupid human trapped inside it kills it.”
Woundwort was struggling violently, but he was unable to escape from the straitjacket.
-”A clear case of grandiose persecutory delusion, I'm afraid,” the manager of the asylum said, as she adjusted her glasses.  “Convinced he's a fictional character, a dangerous rabbit villain, currently oppressed by us humans.  I suggest that you get a VHS or a DVD of that movie he thinks he is a character of, and play it over and over again until he snaps out of it.  If by morning, he's not back to normal, I'll see him again.”
-”Silflay hraka, embleer marli!  May the curse of the Black Rabbit of Inlé be upon you!”

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!!FINISHED!!


I wish to thank Acacia Heartstrings, Bright Side, florapaw, Fox Teen, Leo-rah, Sharks Potter and Vesper for their reviews.

I wish to thank all those who provided inspiration (sorted alphabetically): Acacia Heartstrings, Tyrethali Ansrath, Christopher Auk, Dave Borgman, Bright Side, David “Loganberry” Buttery, Darkling Nocturnal, Susan E. Davis, Margo DeMello, Entai-rah, florapaw, Russell Flowers, Fox Teen, Marinell Harriman, Josh Lee, kamikazitwinkie, Marco, Minty-Thee-Cat, Tom Patten, RogueFanKC, Sharks Potter, Strifer, Tyler Sontag, Christian Ståhl, Sam Taylor, Bill Welch, my brothers, and my sister.

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« Reply #35 on: August 16, 2017, 02:29:16 AM »
:silverweed3 *Unexpected Tackle-hugs with loving Nuzzles*   :frith Congratulations in completing this story, my dear Chipster-roo. :D This was an awesome read, an exceptional story and in honesty the best thing I read in a while. I really loved the homage? you made for Richard Adams within your story at the last chapter, and the explanation of the whole ordeal, etc. etc. etc. ;) Oh, I'm really happy at the moment for finishing it and it was worth reading it dear. This, among many of your stories, is undeniable, undebatable, without a single hint or scent of doubt that you are an amazing writer, dear and that you have truly amazing gift of writing, dedication, passion and with all this, it gives us readers your greatest results and achievements within your stories, dear. Please do not give up dear, I know it seems the easier option but remembers that we all love you, appreciate you, are rooting for you and believe in you, my dear best friend. Push on and keep moving forward, my dear Chipster. You are an amazing Human Being and one of my best friends, dear. *Nuzzles fondly* We are all proud of you. Well done, dear. And remember that we love you and most importantly, Writing is your magic, so please continue to use it to make the greatest show (Well in your case, stories) :D the whole lot of us has ever seen, and always, we will by your side. :) Love you. God Bless You, Chipster. Ciao  :silverweed3
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« Reply #36 on: August 16, 2017, 04:55:52 PM »
Thank you Vesper.  I really appreciate this :) I'm glad you liked the last two chapters, and the entire story.

I'll keep writing, although it may take a while before I post any new fanfics.
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« Reply #37 on: August 17, 2017, 11:38:04 AM »
*Nuzzles lovingly* You're welcome my dear for I meant every word of it.  :silverweed3
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« Reply #38 on: August 24, 2017, 11:11:07 AM »
But I can not wait for Woundwort to turn it into a human, Silverweed is incredible and they also discovered the true intentions of the rainbow prince.
The whole story of Watership down in books, making it look bad to the rainbow prince. That's why he did, and even became nervous and did not know what to say HAHAHAHAHa, again humbled hehe.
The bad guys got their just punishment like that stupid councilman, Wounwort's villain in the madhouse and Cowslip's death. Too much happened in this final episode.
In the end everyone enjoyed another beautiful day at Watership Down, chasing kittens.
What a beautiful, beautiful ending for all  :bigwig3  :blackberry3  :clover  :fiver  :hannah  :hazel2  :primrose  :pipkin
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« Reply #39 on: August 24, 2017, 06:13:02 PM »
Thank you Acacia :)

I'm glad you liked this last chapter :buttercup I had a lot of fun writing the part with Prince Rainbow not knowing what to say, and the kittens :snowdrop :mallow :gilia

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« Reply #40 on: August 25, 2017, 05:43:39 PM »
That rainbow prince, he likes to throw fireballs. It's a shame they did not have hazel and the others eat some flowers of fire, to give a good lesson to that evil prince XD
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Many thanks Hipsters- Roo, you did another great job. The only thing missing is a fourth wall joke by Blue bell, but it does not matter hehe X3   :prince-rainbow
This is a great idea Acacia.  I think I'll do that in my next fanfic :D Thank you :)
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« Reply #42 on: September 29, 2017, 09:26:55 PM »
Finally I got to finish to read your story, Chipster! So I just try to split my comments a bit by chapters, tho I might be late, sorry for that! x3"

That scene in chapter 4 with the jokes being smashed, or even the fireballs outta nowhere were just too funny and Clover carrying her kitten on her head, is just an adorable idea.

Chapter 5:

Loved the story-telling part a lot. I'd be really curious, what story Woundwort was about to tell, hrhr. It sounded very dark.
But Pipkin's was just... woa.. Thrilling! And kind of eerie. Loved the descriptions!


Chapter 6

Poor Hawkbit, being obliges to babysitting, haha. I'd never want to trade places with him, heh.
That dream of Fiver was just... strange and very disturbing in a fascinating way. Guess that's what it looks like in book-version Fiver's head a lot of the time.  :fiver2

Chapter 7:
Finally the conclusion, oh my. And what a conclusion. Prince Rainbow seemed to be a little overwhelmed with the situation, being confronted of his own mistakes, and now trying to punish all these rabbit heroes. Poor Councellor tho, haha, being kicked outta his warren, doomed to live at such a place. So ironic. Over the whole story, I must admit, I love your irony here and there!
And a lovely alternative of how Silverweed and (unlike the series) all rabbits started a new live in a new warren under a new leader.

Overall of course Clover's kittens are really cute, tackling and kidding the others, hehe. x3

So... Fiver was interrupted trying to explain further Prince Rainbow's reasons for captchering Hazel and the others and why it was awesome. Ugh! But there's a lot of space to interprete it, and I guess I have my own, with the beginning of the description given, before being interrupted.
And oh my, I can't help myself, but feeling sorry for the General, haha. Being in an Asylum now, with a diagnosed paranoia. I wonder, if he can be 'treated' out of our human sight, and will ever again come free. o.o

A really nice and cool story, Chipster. Loved to read it, with a lot of new ways, which I liked a lot. Normally I'm not much for this magic stuff in the world of Watership Down, but you did a really excellent job, keeping my interest on peak all the time! :3 So well done, with drama, action, and jokes along.
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« Reply #43 on: September 29, 2017, 11:11:34 PM »
Thank you for the review Leo :)

I'm glad you enjoyed the entire story, and the various funny and dramatic parts :)

Poor Fiver...he really doesn't have an easy life :fiver3

What is your intrepretation of Prince Rainbow's motivations? :) As for General Woundwort, I doubt he will ever be released, I'm afraid :woundwort

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« Reply #44 on: September 30, 2017, 09:01:08 PM »
Well, referring to Thethuthinnangs explanation of Prince Rainbow, being angry about that humans found out about their stories, and that he's not really well displayed in them, I guess, like Fiver started, before he was interrupted, that the Prince eventually wanted to keep them a secret at all? This/these Story(ies) made rabbits look heroic, thinking, with culture, 'n stuff. Tho, Prince Rainbow didn't know a good reason, that's why he vanished that awkwardly. :D But Fiver wanted to start to explain, why this is awesome and Thethuthinnang about their true identity. I guess, not willingly by the Prince, but afterwards, Fiver and the others are happy about that their secrets concealed. On the one hand, it's a good thing, that humans now know, that rabbits have a story, think, live, and are not just simple animals. But on the other hand, that, in the story, all what has happened for real, kept a secret, so humans wouldn't come and try to find these rabbits.
Maybe not right, but after reading your story, I thought about it a while. Pretty interesting, to think about, I'd say. :)

Oh, if it is also this interesting and thrilling, I'm very looking forward for your next story, Chipster! ^_^ Take all your time, I know how time-consuming writing can be. :3
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