Illustrations created by Kitty Sayjo
If you haven’t read Part 2, here is the link: https://katiesblog96971617.com/2019/02/15/the-greedy-hare-and-the-cloud-rabbit-part-2-of-3/
~Part 3 out of 3 Parts~
~The Greedy Hare and the Cloud Rabbit~
By: Kitty Sayjo
As the days went by, Maria was grieving over Daniel leaving. She spend the majority of her time sitting by the window, holding her stuffed rabbit, Cloud close to her. All she wanted was to see Daniel and ask him why he left.
Every time she’s mentioned it to Boris, he would tell her to simply forget about it. No matter how hard she tried, she couldn’t get him out of her mind.
One night, Maria was suddenly woken up by Boris. “We need to get out of here,” he says as he picks her up from the bed. As Boris runs through the hallway, Maria sees that the manor was on fire. In her shock, she drops Cloud on to the ground.
“Wait, I dropped Cloud!” she yells out.
“Forget it, Maria. It’s not worth it,” Boris yells back. Maria watches in horror as the stuffed rabbit engulf in flames. Boris makes it to the front entrance, but was stopped by a man with a cane and a gun.
“I’m afraid that I can’t let you leave.” the man says as he points the gun at Boris.
“What are you doing here?” Boris asked.
“Something that should’ve been done a long time ago.” the man replies.
“Brother, what is he talking about?” Maria asked. Before Boris could respond, the man answers her.
“This man here has been taking money from those who can’t afford it. I’ve lost my leg thanks to him.” he replies.
“Don’t listen to him, Maria. He’s delusional.” Boris says.
“Delusional? You call this delusional!” the man yells out as he points at his injured leg.
Boris was lost for words as the man shoots him in the shoulder. The pain caused him to drop Maria as he tries to cover his wound. Maria tries to crawl towards the exit, but was stopped by the man. He looks at Maria and then at Boris and smiles.
“Now, it’s your turn to pay for your life.” he says as another gunshot could be heard in the distance. Maria wakes up to find herself sitting on a bench in a poorly lit room.
“Where am I?” she thought as she looks around the room.
“You’re safe now, Maria.” a voice says. Maria looks up to see a hooded figure standing in front of her. She looks closer and notices that the hooded figure had a skull for a head.
“Am I dead?” Maria asked a panic.
“I’m afraid you and your brother have perished.” the hooded man replies. Maria looks around the room once more to see if Boris was there.
“Where is he?” she asked. The hooded man tells her to be quiet as the room starts to light up. With the room now brighter to see, Maria finds that she’s in a courtroom. She notices Boris standing in the middle and a group of other hooded figures that are part of a jury.
“What’s going on?” she thought as the hooded man sits on the judge’s desk.
“Boris Caldren,” he announces. “You are on trial for your crimes caused by greed. How do you plead?”
“Not guilty, your honor.” Boris replies.
“Alright, present the evidence.” the hooded man orders as images of Boris’s crimes were shown to everyone in the room. Maria looks in horror at all the things her brother did to get money.
Tears start to fall from her eyes when they show what really happen to Daniel. As the images disappear, the hooded man asked Boris if he had anything to defend himself with. Boris stood there in silence, before laughing.
“Is this a joke? How can I defend myself when I have nothing at all. You might as well just end it here.” he says as he continues to laugh.
“Very well then,” the hooded man says as he turns to the jury. “Have you decided?” he asked. Each member of the jury points at Boris with their bony hands.
“GUILTY!” they all say at once. Boris stops laughing as the hooded man gets up, holding a mallet.
“This court finds Mr. Boris Caldren guilty for his crimes.” he announces.
“So, what’s my punishment?” Boris asked.
“That is for her to decide,” the hooded man replies as he approaches Maria and hands her the mallet. “Bang it when you have made your decision.” he says as he stands behind her. Maria looks straight at her brother with tearful eyes.
“You lied to me,” she says. Boris was about to explain, but Maria cuts him off. “That man was right. You hurt innocent people, just so you can get your hands on their money,” she went on.
“Please, Maria. You have to understand. I was doing it for your well being.” Boris explains.
“YOU KILLED SOMEONE I LOVED. WAS THAT FOR MY WELL BEING TOO?” Maria yells out as tears start to fall from her eyes once more. The hooded man places his hand on Maria, trying to comfort her.
“No, it wasn’t.” Boris answers, quietly as he falls to his knees. Maria starts to collect herself as she wipes away her tears.
“You deserve the worst of punishments for what you’ve done,” Maria starts off as she clutches the mallet tighter. “But I know the real Boris is still in there. The brother who always helped me. Now, it’s my turn to help you.” she went on as she raises the mallet.
“What are you doing, Maria?” Boris asked in a panic.
“Your punishment will be to spend eternity in a dark void. Only if you get rid of your greedy heart, will you ever see the light of day.” Maria announces as she slams the mallet down.
Suddenly, the ground began to crumble bellow Boris’s feet. Boris jolts up at his feet and looks at the ground before looking back at Maria. The ground gives away and he fall into darkness. Maria looks down as the floor closes up.
“You’ve passed.” the hooded man says. Maria looks up at him, confused.
“Passed what?” she asked.
“The test. Even when you saw the terrible things your brother has done, you still believe that he can change.” the hooded man explains.
“What about Boris?” Maria asked.
“Unfortunately, he failed. His greed and selfishness has made him lose sight on what really matters,” the hooded man replies. Maria hangs her head in disappointment. “Don’t worry. I’m sure he will see the error of his ways.” the hooded man went on.
“Really?” Maria asked. The hooded man nods as he holds out his bony hand.
“It’s time to go.” he went on.
As Maria takes his hand, the hooded man pulls her up and she starts to stand for the first time in years. He walks her towards a large door, leading to the afterlife. Maria finds herself in a field of clouds, all dressed in white.
As she looks around, she notices someone in the distance. She walks towards the person, before running up to him as she realizes who it was.
“DANIEL!” she yells out in excitement. Daniel turns to face her as Maria hugs him like she never has before. “I’m so happy to see you!” she says as tears of joy fall from her eyes.
“I’m sorry for leaving you, Maria.” Daniel replies.
“It’s okay. We’re together now.” Maria says as she looks up at him.
“It not just the two of us,” Daniel says as he turns to grab something from the ground. In his hands was Maria’s stuffed rabbit, Cloud. Daniel gives it to her as Maria looks at it in shock. Maria hugs the stuffed rabbit close to her, grateful that it was ok. “I love you, Maria.” Daniel says. Maria looks up at him and smiles.
“I love you too.”
This is the end of this short story series, but don’t forget to check out Kitty’s DeviantArt to see other drawings by here New short stories and drawing from her are coming soon! Make sure to like my Facebook page to know all the lastest updates!