Down the Rabbit Hole
6 November 2006 XXIX

Khamsin Molossia News

Frith said to El-ahrairah, "El-ahrairah, your people cannot rule the world, for I will not have it so. All the world will be your enemy, Prince with a Thousand Enemies, and whenever they catch you, they will kill you. But first they must catch you, digger, listener, runner, prince with the swift warning. Be cunning and full of tricks and your people shall never be destroyed."

And so it is. Rare is the day when you don't see rabbits in Molossia, cottontails as well as Jackrabbits, hopping away from the dusk and dawn Silflay, or running to avoid the headlights of an oncoming Hrududu. They are such a part of the tapestry of Molossian life that we have immortalized them with tiny statues, found throughout our nation. One even runs beneath the Tower of the Winds, forever frozen on his sprint to safety under the nearest sagebrush.

But when Frith promised El-ahrairah cunning and speed, he did not necessarily promise them wisdom. Thus we have the seemingly unending saga of the Rabbit Hole. The Rabbit Hole is our name for the well pit, in which lies the machinery that supports the one water supply for all of Molossia. In this hole is the pressure tank, as well as various cables and boxes and pipes that deliver water to the pressure tank and thence on to thirsty Molossians. The Rabbit Hole is about five feet deep, and is covered with a ground-level roof to keep out the weather. This roof is peaked, and its center does not meet the edge of the metal sheeting that lines the hole, leaving a small gap. And through this gap fall rabbits, with alarming regularity. The rabbits fall in, but do not die from the fall. Instead, trapped in the hole, the poor things usually starve to death. Last winter we found the first one. In mid-summer we found two more, in a state of advanced decomposition (a rather unnerving situation). In late summer we found another one, alive this time, but severely injured from the fall. Once rescued from the hole, he had to be put to sleep. In early October we found yet another, alive and uninjured. At long last a rabbit had survived the hole, and once rescued this latest one of Frith's children was released safely into the Molossian sagebrush. And then two weeks ago yet another was found in the hole, again uninjured. These last two rabbits were also the most resourceful, as they managed to breach a small fence recently erected to keep rabbits out of the Rabbit Hole. The fence has now been reinforced, and will hopefully deter future rabbit excursions into the well area and thence into the depths of the Rabbit Hole. In the meantime, all Molossians have implored Frith to guide his children, and keep them from going down the Rabbit Hole.

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