Humor Fiction posted May 5, 2020

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A fable in 289 words.

What's For Dinner Tonight?

by LisaMay

Once upon a time there was a community of bunnies beavering away in different burrows. (Can bunnies ‘beaver’? These could.)

Some lived in families, some by themselves; some were rich, others poor; old ones, young ones; clever ones and dozy ones. These rabbits loved critiquing each other and laughing and sobbing and being smutty and abusing each other’s politics or religion with some back-biting (even front-biting at times) and being competitive and falling in love with each other. (Gosh, it sounds like FanStory, doesn’t it?)

When four young bunnies decided to share a burrow, they thought it’d be a good idea to invite Buzz along, too. He’d be handy to have around for any heavy digging, so they wouldn’t get their nails dirty. They’d heard he also knew how to cook, from growing up in a family with six sisters. Hooray! They could lie around watching TV until dinner was ready. So Buzz moved in and was requested to prepare the evening meal.

Cathy suggested he fix a carrot casserole. Felicia was a fitness freak, so she asked Buzz to serve a salad of mixed greens. Chloe commented that celery soup would be good. Bianca started badgering Buzz by yelling vegetarian suggestions from her armchair. (Can bunnies ‘badger’? It seems they can.)

They heard pots banging, then after a while a mysterious smell wafted through. Something they’d never smelled before. It was AWFUL! They hopped through to see what Buzz was doing. There he stood, puffing out his furry chest, while prodding a huge, sizzling STEAK.

They were aghast! What an affront to their vegetarianism!

Buzz turned to them, grinning. “And the moral of the story is – If you can’t stand the meat, get out of the kitchen.”

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Writing Prompt
Write a short fable-like story where the last sentence starts with: "And the moral of the story is". This can be on any subject, true or fictional, and can be in any voice, as long as the moral is stated in the last line. A new twist on an old fable is also allowed. Be creative and have fun! Maximum word count: 300

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