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Writing event #4: Easter
« on: April 22, 2019, 01:25:02 AM »
Happy Easter everyone! :frith

What better way to celebrate than with another writing event!

As with previous writing events, all types of fiction are allowed, including Watership Down fanfiction, a fanfic for another fandom, an original story with your own characters, and poetry.  Here are some keywords that you can incorporate in your entries: chickens, colourful, eggs, ribbons.

Technical details:
  • The deadline is 22 May 2018.
  • This is not a contest; no prizes will be given out.
  • You may submit more than one entry.
  • There are no word count restrictions; entries may be as long or as short as you wish.
  • Stories in languages other than English are allowed; a staff member will post a translation afterwards.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.  Looking forward to everyone's entries :pipkin
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Re: Writing event #4: Easter
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2019, 09:18:58 PM »
I've got to stop keep saying I'm going to do these and then I don't. >__< I will do this! I have the time this time... No good ideas right now, but I'll darn well get something down. :D
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Re: Writing event #4: Easter
« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2019, 06:38:48 PM »
I wanted to try something for Valentine's Day, but I forgot XD
At the moment I can not think of anything, but listen, they are bunnies! Maybe think of something XD
They are Easter after all, in Watership Down =3   :frost :snowdrop2
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Re: Writing event #4: Easter
« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2019, 05:57:12 PM »
I'm sure I can come up with something.

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Re: Writing event #4: Easter
« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2019, 01:04:56 AM »
Here is my entry.  It's a WD fanfic, a sequel of sorts to my entries to the previous two writing events.  This one is mostly about Hawkbit and Dandelion.  I hope you will all like it :)

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It was a quiet day at Watership Down.  The weather was decent, and several rabbits were at silflay.

Among these rabbits was Hawkbit.  All his life, he had been trying to find himself a mate.  He had flirted with nearly all the does at the old Sandleford warren, with varying degrees of success.  Soon after his arrival at Watership Down, he had expressed interest in Strawberry, but she had chosen someone else instead.  Then he tried to become Hyzenthlay's mate, but she too chose another rabbit.  It seemed that nearly all the does in the warren had already been taken.

However, over the past few days, Hawkbit had been thinking about something Hyzenthlay had said: "who says that your mate can't be another buck?".  A valid question, one he had never pondered before.  Could it be possible that, all his life, he had been looking for a mate the wrong way?

Several bucks in the warren didn't have a mate, but there was one in particular that caught his attention: Dandelion.  They had been good friends for nearly their entire lives, and Dandelion awakened feelings inside Hawkbit unlike any other rabbit.

He would have to talk to Dandelion about this.  It was the only option.  Dandelion was at silflay further away; Hawkbit hopped over to him.
-"Hey," he said simply.
-"Hey Hawkbit, how's it going?"
-"Pretty decent.  I hear you've been trying to find yourself a mate recently, like I have.  Any luck?"
-"No, not at all.  Do you have anyone in mind?"
Hawkbit felt a burning desire to say "me".  Taking his relationship with Dandelion to the next level was one word away.  But what if Dandelion rejected him?  Unable to think clearly, he ran underground.

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-"Just kiss him."
Faced with his inability to let the words out, Hawkbit had done something drastic: ask for help.  He had always been too proud to do so before, but now he was desperate.  Therefore, he had assembled a panel of love experts.  His first choices, Hazel and Clover, were unavailable, having gone to Nuthanger Farm for a raid.  Therefore, he had to fallback onto his previous crushes: Hyzenthlay, Thethuthinnang and Strawberry.
-"Are you serious?" he asked, following Hyzenthlay's suggestion.  "Bluebell does that all the time, and Blackberry still rejects his advances."
-"I did that with Hyz, and it worked," Thethuthinnang said.  She leaned over to her mate and kissed her.
-"Do you mind?" Hawkbit shouted.  "I need help here!"
-"They're right," Strawberry said.  "Just kiss him.  If he doesn't like it, just say Bluebell bet two carrots that you wouldn't do it."
-"Do any of you have any suggestions that don't involve kissing?"
-"Share some carrots with him."
-"Casually ask him at silflay."
-"Disguise yourself as a pretty doe and once he's in love, reveal your true identity."
-"This is getting so crazy..." Hawkbit mumbled.

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Nuthanger Farm seemed unusually peaceful; Hazel and Clover were calmly nibbling some fresh lettuce.
-"This is actually a nice place," Clover said, "when you're not behind wire.  “I never got to eat any fresh flayrah until you freed me."
-"It can be nice," Hazel replied absent-mindedly.  While both the cat and the dog were out of sight, there were still some unusual creatures nearby.  "Have you any idea what those are?"
-"No, but they seem harmless enough.  Let's go closer."
Clover hopped towards the creatures; Hazel remained nervous, but followed her to protect her should it be necessary.  However, the chickens showed no sign of hostility, and simply continued pecking at the ground.
-"I have never seen any birds like this before," Hazel said.  "I'll have to ask Kehaar when we return to the warren."
-"They have nice feathers though," Clover added.  "Let's go back to the garden, there's still flayrah waiting to be eaten."
-"Wait a moment.  One of them has something stuck around its paw.  We should help it."
It took a while for Hazel and Clover to free the chicken.  The bird was very nervous and did not react well to the rabbits' presence.  Nevertheless, after a while, the ribbon was untangled, and the chicken scurried away.
-"Let's bring that thing back to the warren," Clover suggested.  "This way, nobody else will get tangled in it."

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It was early evening.  Lots of flayrah had been brought back to the warren, and had been placed in the Honeycomb for whoever might be interested.  Hawkbit carefully picked up two carrots and carried them out of the warren.  He remained unsure about the does' ideas, but he had been unable to come up with a better plan himself, so he intended to try them out (except the one involving disguising himself).  As he hopped out of the burrow, however, he saw Strawberry holding a long red object.
-"What are you doing?"
-"It's a ribbon, Clover brought it back from the farm," Strawberry explained.  "Tie it around one of the carrots, Dandelion will love that."
-"Are you sure that's a good idea?  I don't want to overwhelm him."
-"Don't worry, everything will be fine.  Seriously, stop worrying so much."

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Dandelion was taking a nap outside, and was woken up by an overpowering smell of carrots.  As he opened his eyes, he saw Hawkbit in front of him, with two carrots on the ground.  One of them had a weird red thing tied around it.
-"Good evening," Hawkbit said.  "I brought you some carrots, I thought we could share."
Dandelion yawned and got up.
-"Sure."
Dandelion took a bit out of the nearest carrot.  Before he was able to swallow, however, Hawkbit suddenly kissed him.
-"I want to be your mate, what do you say about that?"
Dandelion remained silent for a few moments, shocked at this sudden development.
-"Uh...sure?"
-"Perfect.  I love you Dandelion."
-"Love you too, Hawkbit.  But this is sudden.  I mean, we've known each other for so long, and I had no idea you felt this way about me."
-"Neither did I until very recently.  So, do you accept?"
-"Of course.  It would be great to have you as my mate."
The two rabbits shared another kiss, before returning to their carrots.

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Blackberry was asleep in the Honeycomb, when he was suddenly woken up by a kiss.
-"Again?” he said with a groan.  “Seriously, Bluebell?"
-"One day," Bluebell replied, "you will accept my kisses and return them.  Just like Hawkbit and Dandelion are doing."
-"Oh, them.  They're together now?”
-”Yes, Hawkbit proposed just now.”
-”Finally!  I'm surprised it took so long."
-"How much longer will it take, before you accept me?" Bluebell winked.

THE END
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Re: Writing event #4: Easter
« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2019, 01:17:54 PM »
^ Will read yours very soon. :)

As to mine, well, I was determined to get something - anything - out. Time and motivation was again not on my side and just a few days ago I decided a 'proper' story form wasn't going to work for me this time, so I created a kind of poem. Not one that follows any particular rules - some parts rhyme and some don't, and some lines are longer than others, and the story flow changes. With the bit of time I could spend on it I just got it all down and didn't even want to proofread. Stress-free exercise, remember? :D

My story is inspired from a picture I created in time for Easter, based on the Anglo-Saxon goddess of Spring, fertility, etc., 'Eostre'. Tales often seem to link her with a hare (and where later ideas of the 'Easter bunny' would come from).

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'Happy Eostre'

Spring it was, in the day.
Sprang the hare, from here to there,
In the deep forest.
Alert she was, and stopped now and again,
Ears a-twitch, amongst the fen.
Three eggs she must find –
of colours lilac, cool blue and pale yellow.
To find these eggs, her mind was set.
None in the little cave, or old settlement,
None beneath the fallen tree trunk,
She hoped that in the water’s depths,
That none had sunk!
She cautiously approached close by,
To a group of men, weapons in hand,
Yet sat they talking, laughing away,
Then looking up, one started to say:
“Turn, look yonder – nay, quietly you must
Slowly now, for a hare I see –
But see how she looks, eyes staring at me.”
The hare’s eyes seemed to twinkle,
Such beauty in their penetrating amber stare,
“This handsome creature, she is no simple hare.”
She raises her body, ready to spring,
away from this place; no eggs here!
Before the men could do any more,
leapt she, from the place, with no fear.
Northward she turns,
Ahh, what’s this she sees?
The glint of an egg, on the ground, ’neath some trees.
She jumps forward, nose gently touching the egg –
and suddenly it is gone, with a twinkle of light.
Hare turns around – two more to find,
Eyes focused keenly, fault not her sight.
Quick is she, fleet of foot –
Long legs athletic, she manoeuvres around,
’Twixt trees, bracken, rocks, bushes and more,
keeping low to the ground.
She slows a bit, and looks ahead,
Amongst some stones –
Is that the second egg?
The stones fringe a narrow stream,
so she approaches cautiously,
up to the egg, light blue in colour,
Thank goodness it did not fall
into the water, sink below or wash away,
No, with the pebbles it quietly lay.
Nose pressed to it, once again it went.
I know not where these precious eggs are sent.
Deciding it best not to cross the stream,
The hare turns away – west, it seems.
One final egg, it must be near,
The hare will keep leaping on,
Her mission is oh so very clear.
Skirting some brambles,
ducking under fallen trees,
jumping over windy roots,
the forest goes on and on.
Enter a clearing, the sun shines so bright,
Dancing about overhead, birds in flight.
Many a man treads here,
And lies some unusually shaped stones
circled around for a purpose,
for which, no matter to the hare –
through more trees now she roams.
Her senses a-tingling,
She leaps over a large rock –
And on the other side,
Sits the final yellow egg.
Carefully she nuzzles it,
but away it does not go;
instead appear the two other eggs,
lying next to it, in a row.
The hare sits upright
and turns up her head,
And there sat on the rock,
with pretty flowers beginning to grow,
Is Eostre, the Spring goddess.
All is well.




Thanks for struggling through that silliness. XD The picture is shrunk down quite a lot, so if anyone wants to see the original, let me know.

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Re: Writing event #4: Easter
« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2019, 03:49:04 AM »
Clicking the picture makes it larger, it looks great :) If there is an even larger version available, I would be interested in seeing it :frith

This is really well-written, I like the way the hare is portrayed, and her quest is interesting.  I'm not really familiar with the myths from which Eostre originates, but this could almost be an ancient tale in-universe in WD :el-ahrairah
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Re: Writing event #4: Easter
« Reply #7 on: June 09, 2019, 06:13:34 PM »
OMG !!! I did not expect an entry from Hawkbit my favorite rabbit x3. Tampco hoped that this spring, he was looking for a partner. He always causes me tenderness his worries and complaints of this cute bunny. And especially now that he was so desperate in search of love, he never thought of having Dandelion as an option. Those rabbits and that spontaneous kiss was something very nice. Hawkbit x Dandelion, I think they make a good couple. And the good Bluebell also looks for the same with male Blackberry (?) XD
Also Hazel and Clover had their scene and I barely realize that they are the Netflix mini series hehe. Good job hipster Roo, right in the hoop.    :irony :wub   


MeadowRabbit, at first I thought you were talking about the Easter rabbit, but apparently you invented a good poem about the myths of a culture that I do not know. I had to read it both in English and in Spanish to enjoy it, because poetry is lost with translation, but it is a happy and beautiful story worthy of Easter. What a good hare x3    :silverweed3




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Re: Writing event #4: Easter
« Reply #8 on: June 16, 2019, 01:41:55 AM »
Thanks Acacia :) Glad you liked my entry :)

A while back, you suggested a Hawkbit-themed story, and so did Carnation, so here we are :hawkbit3
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Re: Writing event #4: Easter
« Reply #9 on: June 16, 2019, 01:58:01 PM »
And I thank you so much friend. Hawkbit's appearances are always my favorite in every scene.  x3   :hawkbit
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Re: Writing event #4: Easter
« Reply #10 on: June 18, 2019, 05:26:44 PM »
Thank you, Acacia and Chipster!  :buttercup  It wasn't exactly clear in the end why she was collecting the eggs - (the original non-poem would have been more clear on that) - but I guess it could be interpreted as summoning Eostre for the Spring, and her spirit also happened to be in the hare for that time... and the colouring of the eggs is a nod to the very yummy Cadbury's Mini Eggs.  :strawberrydoe

And to Chipster's story: I really like that you've followed the story on from the last one (and good thing I only read it recently so it was fresh in my mind :D). The other rabbits' suggestions to Hawkbit were interesting, :P I'm glad you've given Hawkbit a positive end to the story  - the poor guy had to have somebody want him! A fun story. :)
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Re: Writing event #4: Easter
« Reply #11 on: July 09, 2019, 11:06:13 PM »
Sorry for the late reply..

Thanks Meadow :) I'm glad you liked my entry :)
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