In Rides the Devil -- Short Stories

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Epilogue (from the Lost Little Rabbit Girl)

A decade later, the dark spooky forest had all but disappeared under the weight of a determined and underpaid construction crew. The loggers and construction crew managed to cut down and uprooted every tree, fill in the streams and ponds, and burnt down what floral was left. By then, all fauna had either fled or perished. In just a short amount of time, they had made the entire area barren of life. Eventually, the tropical land grew into shopping Malls and apartment complexes. Little Tokki sat idly by in her rabbit form, watching as the workers took her home away. She had been a bit grief-stricken as it happened, but when she turned away to face the old bazaars, she began to smile. She observed the deliverymen toiling away with their overfilled carts and bags of grain held upon their heads, watching in mild amusement as boisterous merchants at their stalls up-sold, and bartered things taken from Tokki’s forest—for double, sometimes triple—their value. But mostly, Tokki’s interest gravitated to the children that thrived throughout the commercialized chaos. She keenly spotted out the street urchins as they managed to survive in human’s new makeshift world. She started to follow them, then befriend them, until finally, she stood and slept among them. Tokki and the children became inseparable. Together, they stole through the crowded bazaars, laughing, as vendors and merchants chased them with a hatchet in the shopkeeper’s hands to scare them. She then taught the children well, giving them the gift of a trickster. Their imagination was enough to enable the magic to take hold. They would play a game of running away from the angry merchants. Tokki would toss her diamond bracelet to the kids. Each of them would change into a rabbit, preventing them from being either hurt or caught by the merchants. The bracelet’s magic made the children see the merchants as demons—the same demons of the past that Tokki dealt with in the woods. As a reward, Tokki would tell the children stories of those who lived in the past, hoping that they, too, could glean into the enchanting times she had savored with such delight, such happiness. Tokki might not have had a home, but finally, she now had a family.

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