A/N: Well, another three day weekend gone. *sigh* Back to school…which means work…so updates may be a little more scarce this week…Just Kidding! You know I always update at least twice a week (or at least I try lol) and I don't plan on stopping! This chapter is where some shit starts to get revealed. Ever wonder why Bunny wears those arm guards? Hehehehehe…
R&R, and please enjoy!
The morning sunlight pouring in through the open windows in the morning woke me up. I really needed to start thinking about where I slept from now on. I lifted myself off the couch and pulled my hoodie back on over my head. I stretched out my limbs and neck, loosening them. My eyes drooped closed briefly as I was still tired from yesterday. I got up and shook my head, shrugging off the sleepiness. Whatever Sandy used in his dreamsand, it worked really well.
My ears detected a slight movement behind me. I quickly turned around, only to see it was just Bunny walking into the living room. I noticed he wasn't wearing his leather holster and didn't have his boomerangs with him.
"Mornin Frosty." He greeted casually. "Sleep well?"
I nodded before answering,
"Yeah that couch is actually really comfy."
"Well good, cause you'll be sleeping there again tonight." He chuckled. He beckoned for me to follow, so I got up and followed him down the hall. Since I had never been in Bunny's house before, so I slowed my pace a little to absorb the hallway. It was rather wide and long for such a small house. The walls were painted a light, calming gray, similar to the color of Bunny's fur. However, there were multiple colorful paintings of eggs and trees and springtime. At the end of the hallway was the kitchen, which I could barely see from where I was standing. Just before the hallway ended though, was a wooden door carved with the initials, E. Aster Bunnymund. I smiled, imagining what his room would look like.
"Oi! You comin or not?" He yelled to me from the kitchen. I snapped out of my thoughts and quickly ran to the kitchen to catch up. The room was definitely smaller than North's, but I doubted that Bunnymund spent a lot of time in here anyways. There were tall windows on the far wall that provided a stunning view of the Warren. In the middle of the room was a large wooden table with carvings all over the legs. I noticed there wasn't an oven or stove to cook anything with. Then again, Bunny's diet consisted mainly of fruit and vegetables. That also meant that for the time I spent here, that would also be what I ate.
"I'm almost ready to go. Just give me a few more minutes." He said as he picked up his egg holster and boomerangs off the table and secured them on himself.
"Go where?" I yawned. My body had pretty much adapted to it's new form, but that didn't mean I was ready for a full day of exercise and running around the Warren.
"I have some preparations to catch up on, and your gonna help me." He said matter-of-factly. I groaned, really not wanting to work today.
"Is there anything to eat at least?" I asked. Immortals didn't really need to eat, it wasn't like we would starve if we didn't, but we could certainly feel hunger just like mortals.
"There are fruit trees in the Warren, mate. I'll point them out to you when I see one, but right now there's not enough time." He replied.
The Guardian of Hope walked past me hastily and back down the hall. He stopped when he saw I wasn't following him.
"Well c'mon then!" He said, slightly agitated.
"Why do I have to help you?" I asked.
"Because there's no way in hell I'm leaving you here alone, and you owe me one anyway." He informed me. I shook my head resentfully before catching up with him. He hurried out the door, making me run to catch up with him again. I watched as he ran back down the path that led into the Warren. I was in for a long day, I realized.
I had been right. It was a long day filled with lots of work. My paws ached from painting so many eggs, and my feet were sore from all the running we had to do. Despite that, I had a blast. Bunny could be really hilarious and cute sometimes, like when he let the little egglets crawl all over his body while he walked around and checked to make sure everything was working correctly. And he had been right about the fruit trees. Almost everywhere I looked, trees with ripe and juicy fruit bloomed. By the end of the day, I had eaten an array of apples, pears, and oranges.
We sat under the shade of a tree by his house now, watching the sun set over the rest of the Warren. The view was incredible. The sun set directly over the colored lake where the eggs were dyed, and it illuminated the whole surrounding area a golden color.
"You really helped me today Jack. Thanks to you, I'm all caught up in preparations." Bunny told me as he laid next to me, our back pressed against the firm base of the massive tree. I smiled at the compliment. I had really enjoyed myself today; Bunny was actually a pretty gracious and caring person I had come to realize.
"No problem. I actually had a pretty good time myself you know." I told him. He smiled warmly at me and silence ensued. I sat there, thinking about him and his life here in the Warren. It was a pretty great place to call "home". I envisioned what life must have been like back when his whole clan lived here.
"Hey can I ask you something?" We had grown considerably close, and I figured there was no reason I couldn't ask him about what his life was like.
"Yeah anything." He replied without taking his gaze from the vast hills and trees before us.
"What was your life like when your whole clan lived here?" I decided to not beat around the bush and ask him straight up. No point in trying to hide what had happened.
He turned towards me after I was done speaking, blinking a few times, trying to comprehend what had been said. I could see there was a painful expression on his face.
"I'm sorry! I shouldn't have asked!" I quickly apologized. He waved his paw at me, shrugging the apology off.
"I-it's fine mate. You deserve to know about it." He told me. I nodded and motioned for him to continue.
"Well, it was certainly more…packed that's for sure. There were tons of us that lived here, all happy and carefree. Life was really easy. I was still the Easter Bunny of course, but I had tons of help from everyone that lived here. And then…" He trailed off. I understood how hard it was for him to talk about it.
"You don't have to finish Bunny. It's fine." I assured him. He shook his head though.
"No Jack, it's fine. There's something I've been wanting to tell someone anyway for a long time." He told me. "After Pitch…did what he did, I naturally became upset and depressed. You've got to understand Jack, I couldn't do anything to stop him. He unleashed a power I'd never seen before. He completely overpowered me. A few days after everything had happened…I-I…" He stopped.
"Bunny, honestly, you don't have to keep going." I didn't want him to have to relive the pain again. But he continued, completely disregarding my concern.
"After everything had happened…I started to blame myself. I-I took the sharp end of my boomerang and cut my wrists. I took my anger out on myself." As he was speaking, he unstrapped his leather wrist guards that covered his furred forearms, revealing four long, white scars on each arm. Even through the gray fur I could clearly see them. He must've cut extremely deep for them to show up so easily.
"B-Bunny." I gasped, unable to find any other form of speech. I was utterly shocked that he would do something like that. He normally kept a cool head and didn't make illogical or ridiculous decisions. He looked at me sadly, tears beginning to form in his emerald eyes. I leaned over and embraced, allowing him to bury his large head in my hoodie.
"W-Why would you do that?" I asked him.
"Because I felt it was my fault Jack…I couldn't protect any of them." He mumbled into my neck. His voice was shaky, as if he was trying to fight off tears desperately.
"But of course it's not your fault. You had no idea what was happening, and it's not fair to blame yourself for that." I tried to comfort him. I rubbed the sensitive spot behind his ears, a place I knew he loved to be scratched.
"I know that now Jack. Thanks to you I understand why Pitch did what he did. He was upset at the fact no one could see him, and we had all the attention. No one feared him, and it drove him insane. I didn't understand what that felt like until last Easter when that kid walked straight through me. I imagined what that would feel like all the time. It was then that I learned to forgive him." Bunny's voice was barely above a whisper, as if he was fighting himself just to speak. It must've been hard to confess everything to someone, especially me. He pulled away from my embrace and looked me in the eyes.
"Next time you see him…tell him that for me ok?" He asked. I nodded and moved my paw to brush away a few stray tears still leaking from his eyes.
"I will, don't worry." I promised him. He nodded and curled up next to me.
"Have you ever told anyone else that?" I asked. He shook his head and looked up at me.
"You're the first person I've ever told Jack." There was silence between us for a little while. Both of us were thinking about lots of things at that particular time.
"Hey, Snowflake, d'ya think you'd like to sleep in the bed with me tonight?" He asked suddenly after a few more minutes of us just sitting there. I looked at him, a confused look on my face before I smiled.
"Awe, is Bunnymund lonely?" I teased, causing him to grin slightly.
"Well, no. I just don't want to be alone tonight is all." He replied. I thought for a second before deciding that I didn't either.
"Yeah I'd like that." I told him. He smiled warmly at me and I felt my heart skip a beat. I slumped down in the grass, letting myself slide closer to him. We stayed like that for the rest of the evening, watching the sun finish setting over the horizon, the golden tint disappearing from the Warren as it did.
Ok, so I know that that's probably not the reason Bunny has those armguards. I just had a random head cannon I thought I could fit into the story. Also, I apologize if the history with Pitch doesn't add up correctly. I've never read the books, nor do I have any way to. Unless my school library has them lol. Anyways, I thought this chapter was good right up until the end. Sorta made the last little bit up as I went. Hope it wasn't terrible, and as usual, thanks for all the support and nice reviews. Hope you enjoyed so far, I hope I can update soon.
P.S: This chapter is dedicated to Every1's Beta. They've constantly left nice and funny reviews, and have been a great support throughout this story! Thank you so much!
^_^ until then!