In the beginning there was nothing.
Then there were CATS!
Chaos ruled the skies above Lucky Land, and had for a very long time. When a school of cats came flying over town, the sky grew dark and everyone grabbed whatever they could and rushed into their houses screaming CAT ATTACK!
Every time there was a cat attack flowers went missing. Nobody knew why the cats would rip the beautiful flowers off every cherry tree crown in the city. Some of the towns people suspected the cats used the flowers to fuel their flying. Others thought they took them out of pure jealousy. It was impossible to know for sure, since the cats weren’t living on the ground with the rest of the Luckies.
It was the day before spring festival - the biggest event of the year in Lucky Lawn city. Animals of all kinds were traveling from far away to celebrate the arrival of spring.
Bunbina was wearing a dress in bright pink with a yellow banana pattern. The inside of her bunny ears were coloured turquoise, matching her belt and contrasting with her golden ballerina shoes. Her panda friend Pao had baked ten thousand cookies that he was going to give away on the market tomorrow. They both spent the morning stacking the cookie jars, sorting them by the colours of the rainbow.
Meanwhile, Alexander the alpaca was building a fish pond that he hoped would become the main attraction of the festival. He was waiting nervously for the arrival of his cousin Alphonso who was coming from the countryside to the city for the very first time. They only met up once per year, and Alexander really hoped that his new friends wouldn’t mind his cousin’s cheeky manners.
“Hello, my perfectly inverted self!” a blurry black alpaca-shaped figure shouted from the opposite end of Cherry Street in peak bloom. “It’s me, your long lost cousin, Alphonso!”
“Oh, he’s here already!” Alexander told himself and dropped the fish net in the pond. “Stay there! He shouted back. “Don’t move! I’ll come to you.”
Bunbina and Pao stopped what they were doing to curiously watch the two Alpacas catching up in the shade of the cherry trees.
“They really are inverted copies of each other!” the bunny admitted.
“I’m not so sure...” Pao vaguely disagreed. “I suspect they in fact are each others opposites.”
The first thing Alphonso did when he arrived to the rainbow cookie stand was to give off a wet sneeze all over the cookie jars.
“AHH-CHOOOOOOO! Don’t breathe in the lice nesting in my nose, mate!” Alphonso laughed wile shamelessly smiling at the two friends in shock.
“Excuse my cousin... whom has traveled five days from the dusty countryside and could probably use a tissue” Alexander apologised.
“My name is Alphonso and I sell my fleece for a living. Who are you?”
“Erm… I can go first” the bunny hesitated. “Welcome to my home town. I am Bunbina and I make music.”
“Oh really! I love music! I wish I had brought my banjo so we could jam together!” Alphonso exclaimed with pure joy. “And what about you, little fellah?”
“I’m Alexander’s neighbor Pao from Misty Outpost. I work at the space program, but cooking for friends and family has always been a passion.”
“I know nothing about space but I’m a passionated eater so we’ll get along just fine!” Alphonso laughed. “I didn’t even know that Alexander had friends, so it’s a pleasure to meet you both!”
Alexander was trying to come up with something to say. The introduction went surprisingly well, he thought. Pao couldn’t help himself from staring at the slimy sneeze stained jars with mixed disgust and worry. Bunbina just stood there and smiled because she had also run out of words.
Alphonso’s growling stomach broke the silence. “So… did you guys eat already? I’m starving! Let’s try them cookies!”
Pao rushed over to clean the jars with a wet wipe to block Alphonso from eating any cookies. “Let’s eat sweet corn on the cobs, served steaming hot and slathered in butter over at the corn stand! We’re giving away ten thousand cookies tomorrow, and not 999! I’m sorry, but nobody is eating cookies today!”
“You don’t choose your neighbours, right?” Alphonso whispered to Alexander so loud that everyone could hear. Alexander rolled his eyes and started to walk towards the cob stand. “Follow me, cousin.”
The smell of grilled corn made everyone’s moods swing instantly to the better. They had boiled corn with butter, and grilled corn with olive oil. Alphonso even got a hold of sweet and salted popcorn for everyone to enjoy just as the sun set. The pink cherry trees were merely black silhouettes against the majestic sky that changed from pink to purple, and darkened to let the fireflies steal the show.
The company lied on their backs on the ground looking up at the stars with over filled stomachs. The warm breeze and the scent of fresh grass, roasted chestnuts and fried ice cream mixed with the sounds of laughter and overlapping music from different directions, made Alphonso very sleepy and added an exhausted snore to the atmosphere.
Pao crawled up from a drowsy state to cover the table of cookie jars with a big blanket. Alexander woke up his sleeping cousin to join the walk to Bunbina’s home where they all were sleeping during their stay in the city. They passed countless of cozy cafes and restaurants packed with cheerful Luckies that didn’t seem to be going to sleep anytime soon. Bunbina’s apartment was on top of a cafe that were serving square pizza slices and lemonade while a dj was playing bitpop live outside on the street quite loud.
“Thank the universe for elevators!” Alphonso exclaimed when Bunbina opened the door to the elevator. Bunbina smiled and pressed the button that took them to the second floor.
“This is my studio where you will stay. I will continue to the third floor where I live. You’re welcome to join me for breakfast on the terrace early tomorrow morning if you can make it. We will leave to the festival around noon, so you have plenty of time to sleep in.”
They said good night and Bunbina went up to the top floor of the building to get her beautysleep.