26. How Bats Went Blind and Bunnies Got Big Feet: Part 2
Gerry continued telling me the fable. Rabbit couldn’t believe his luck. The vineyard’s grapes were plump and hung low on the vine. Thick leaves hid him from Hawk’s view. He smirked at his friend Bat, who frantically waved for him to come back.
Looking up to see Hawk, Rabbit saw instead the biggest, plumpest, juiciest bunch of grapes in the vineyard. No leaves hid this bunch. Rabbit hesitated for a second. If Hawk caught him, he’d grab Rabbit by his ears, carry him high into the sky, and drop him. Fear made Rabbit want that bunch of grapes even more. He climbed the vine as fast as he could. “I’ll grab this bunch, and be gone before the Hawk even knows I’m here.”
And his plan might have worked, except once he ate one grape, he couldn’t stop himself. Soon his belly was full, but he kept grabbing grapes and gobbling them down. He never saw Hawk diving toward him. Rabbit screamed in pain as Hawk’s talons pierced his ears. With a groan and a flap of his wings, Hawk lifted Rabbit from the vine. A moment too late, Rabbit wished he’d never eaten the first grape.
Today I’ll remember the AA slogan: ‘One is too many, and a thousand is never enough.’
Needles Not For Knitting is a work of fiction. Any resemblance between the characters and anyone you might know is purely coincidental.
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