Illustrations created by Kitty Sayjo
If you haven’t read Part 1, here is the link: https://katiesblog96971617.com/2019/02/01/the-greedy-hare-and-the-cloud-rabbit-short-story-part-1-of-3/
~Part 2 out of 3 Parts~
~The Greedy Hare and the Cloud Rabbit~
By: Kitty Sayjo
On the day of Maria’s birthday, Daniel rushes towards her room with a present in his hands. “Maria, I got you some-,” he starts to say before he trips at the entrance of her room.
“Daniel, are you okay?” Maria asked in a panic. As Daniel slowly gets up, Maria became horrified by what she sees.
“Your head is bleeding.” she says, pointing at the right of his forehead. Daniel feels a drop of blood stream down from his head.
“Oh, I must’ve hit my head on something. Don’t worry about it, I’m fine.” Daniel says as he tries to cover the cut with his hand.
“We should at least bandage it. Let me get something for it.” Maria says as she wheels herself towards her nightstand and opens the top drawer. She looks through it and pulls out a small box.
“What is that?” Daniel asked.
“It’s my first aid kit. I keep it nearby in case of emergencies.” Maria replies as she wheels toward him. Daniel kneels in front of her and removes his hand from the cut. Maria opens her kit and begins cleaning Daniel’s cut. As she takes care of his cut, Daniel starts to chuckle.
“What’s so funny?” Maria asked.
“I’m supposed to be your caretaker, but you’re the one that’s taking care of me,” Daniel replies. Maria giggles as she places a bandage over the cut. “Thanks.” Daniel says as he gets up.
“No problem. It’s the least I can do.” Maria replies as she notices the present on the floor. “What’s that?” she asked, pointing at the present. Daniel looks behind him and picks up the gift.
“It’s for you.” he replies as he hands the present to Maria.
“Oh, thank you,” Maria says as she takes the gift and begins opening it. Inside was a white, stuffed rabbit with black marble eyes. “It’s beautiful, Daniel,” Maria says as she holds the stuffed rabbit close to her.
“What are you going to call him?” Daniel asked. Maria looks out the window for a moment before deciding on a name.
“I’ll name him Cloud,” she says before looking up at him. “What do you think?” she asked.
“I think that’s a nice name for him,” Daniel replies. Maria looks over at her door for a moment before her smile turns into a frown. “What’s wrong?” Daniel asked.
“It’s Boris. He usually comes in to wish me a Happy Birthday, but it seems like he’s late this year.” Maria replies.
“Don’t worry. I’m sure he’ll come eventually.” Daniel says as he gives Maria a warm smile.
For the rest of the day, Maria celebrated her birthday with Daniel and the other servants in the manor. Unfortunately, nighttime came and Boris still didn’t come out.
Disappointed, Maria gets ready for bed. As Daniel was carrying her into bed, he notices her sad expression.
“Did you enjoy your birthday, Maria?” he asked as he puts Maria on the bed.
“Of course. I just wish Boris was with us.” Maria replies.
“I’m sure he would’ve. Maybe he was busy.” Daniel says as he pulls the covers over Maria.
“I guess you’re right. I just wish that I could help him more.” Maria replies. After saying goodnight to her, Daniel was about to leave but was stopped by Maria.
“Daniel, could you stay with me tonight. Just for a little while?” she asked.
“Sure.” he says as he sits on her bed.
“Thank you.” she says as she starts to fall asleep.
The next day, Maria and Daniel were playing cards in her room when they heard a knock at the door.
“Come in,” Maria says out loud. The door opens and Boris walks in the room.
“Morning, Maria,” he says as he approaches them. Maria looks up at him and gives him a warm smile.
“Morning, big brother,” she says happily. Boris looks over at Daniel, who was looking at the cards in his hand.
“Would you mind giving us some privacy?” he asked.
“No problem, Sir,” Daniel replies as he gets up and leaves the room. Boris looks back at Maria and kneels to her level.
“I’m really sorry that I couldn’t be with you yesterday. I was really busy.” he says.
“It’s okay. It was still a great birthday.” Maria replies. Boris notices the stuffed rabbit, Cloud, sitting on the table.
“Who’s this little guy?” he asked as he grabs the rabbit. “That’s Cloud. Daniel gave it to me for my birthday.” Maria explains.
“Cloud? What an odd name for a rabbit.” Boris says as he examines the stuffed rabbit. As he looks at it, Boris grabs one of the ears and gently, but firmly, pulls it. The thread starts to breaks and the ear nearly breaks off before Maria stops him.
“What are you doing?” she asked, grabbing Cloud from Boris’s hands.
“Sorry, Maria. I guess the thread wasn’t that strong,” Boris replies as he gets up. “I have to get back to work now. I’ll see you later.” he went on as he patted Maria’s head before leaving.
As he walks down the hallway, Boris sees Daniel waiting nearby. Daniel sees him and notices the upset look on his face
“Is everything alright?” he asked. Boris stopped dead in his tracks and looks up at Daniel.
“You’re just a caretaker. Nothing more.” he says before continuing down the hallway. Confused, Daniel walks back into Maria’s room and finds her sewing Cloud’s ear back on.
“What happened?” he asked.
“Just a little tear. Nothing serious,” Maria replies as she finishes sewing. “Now, where were we.” she went on as she grabs her cards from the table.
A few weeks later, Maria and Daniel were looking out the window, searching for animals in the clouds. They stared for a while until a thought came to Daniel’s mind.
“Why don’t we go outside and have a picnic today?” he says.
“That sounds nice,” Maria replies.
Around noon, Daniel prepares a basket and pushes Maria towards the garden. They strolled along the stone pathway until they came to the big oak tree.
“This looks like a good spot.” Daniel says as he grabs the blanket and places it on the shaded area. He then takes Maria out of her wheelchair and sits her on the blanket. They began enjoying their lunch and looking at the clouds.
Halfway through, Maria thanks Daniel for everything that he has done for her.
“No problem. I just enjoy being with you.” he replies.
Suddenly, Daniel goes up to Maria and kisses her on the cheek. Maria starts to blush as she looks at Daniel with a shocked expression.
“Sorry. I don’t know what got over me.” Daniel says as he starts to blush in embarrassment.
“It’s okay. I understand,” Maria replies as she kisses Daniel on the cheek. “There. Now we’re even.” she went on as she smiles at him. While they continue to look at the clouds, Boris was watching them from his window.
“That’s going too far, boy.” he mutters under his breathe.
That night, Daniel tucks Maria into bed. Before he leaves, Maria stops him.
“Do you think we can do it again sometime?” she asked.
“Of course.” Daniel replies.0
“Alright. Good night, Daniel.” Maria says as she drifts off to sleep. Daniel looks at her and smiles.
“Sweet dreams, Maria.” he whispers before leaving the room.
As he walks down the hallway, Daniel had a feeling that someone was following him. As soon as he was outside, a voice calls out for him. Daniel turns around to see Boris facing him.
“Oh, sir. I didn’t notice you,” he says. Looking closer, Daniel could see the pure hatred in his eyes. “Is everything alright?” he asked.
“No, it’s not.” Boris replies as he pulls out a dagger.
“W-what are you doing?” Daniel asked in a panic.
“Don’t act so innocent with me. I know what you’re doing.” Boris replies as he slowly walks towards him. Daniel starts to run as Boris got closer. He ran towards the woods as Boris begins to chase him.
Suddenly, Daniel tries and falls to the ground. Boris catches up to him and looks down at him.
“You really think that getting close to my sister will get your poor hands on my money.” he says as Daniel faces him in horror.
“You don’t understand. I don’t care about your money!” Daniel replies as he backs away from him.
“Don’t give me that crap. Why else would you be so interested in a girl who can’t walk?” Boris asked as he gets closer. Daniel continues to back away, but Boris grabs him and pins him against a tree. “Tell me. Why are you so close to my sister?” Boris yells out as he raises his dagger.
“BECAUSE I LOVE HER!” Daniel yells out. Boris slowly lowers his dagger after hearing what Daniel had just said.
“What?” he asked.
“It’s true. I fell in love with your sister. I don’t care the money, or the fact that she can’t walk. I only care about her and her happiness.” Daniel replies. Boris releases him and looks out into the woods.
“Does Maria have feelings for you as well?” he asked.
“I think so.” Daniel replies. Boris looks at him and gives him a warm smile.
“If she feels the same way. I’ll allow you to be together.” he says.
“Really?” Daniel asked. Boris gives him a firm nod before Daniel starts to hug him.
“Thank you, Sir. I promise that I’ll make Maria happy.” Daniel went on.
“I’m sure you will, and I hope she’ll forgive me for doing this.” Boris says.
“Doing what?” Daniel asked. Before he could get an answer, Boris stabs him in the chest. Daniel falls to the ground, coughing up blood. “W-why?” he asked.
“I care about Maria’s happiness as well. Being with a poor boy like you won’t make her happy.” Boris replies as he watches Daniel take his last breath. “I better get someone to clean this up.” he thought as he heads back to the manor.
The next day, Maria wakes up to find that Daniel wasn’t in yet. She waits patiently for him, but he still hasn’t arrived. After a while, Boris comes in and sits beside her.
“Where’s Daniel?” Maria asked. Boris looks up at at her before coming up with a lie.
“He resigned last night.” he replies. Maria’s eyes widen in shock.
“Did he say why?” she asked.
“No, he just left without saying a word,” Boris replies as he stands up. “I’ll have one of the servants help you from now on.” he went on.
“Okay.” Maria replies in a saddened tone. Boris notices the sadness in her eyes and tries to comfort her.
“I’m sure he had a good reason for leaving. Try not to think about him.” he says as he leaves the room.
As soon as Boris was gone, Maria starts to cry.
END OF PART TWO
Part 3: TBA