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April 16, 2014 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Slumbering terrors

Fear rumbled out of her mouth before she could stop it

There. Down the hall. A dense form pulling in the darkness.

Nothing good happens at 2 am.

She held position. Slightly rocking. Wavering with indecision.

night with full moon

That recent Blood Moon. Was it foreshadowing?

She’d seen the images on the screen.

Heard the predictions.

It wasn’t her imagination. That dark spot had substance. It moved.

“Having trouble sleeping?”

The concern in the silky voice deceptive.

Raised the hair on her neck.

Close. Very close.

She felt the body heat.

Then a slight brush as the nightmare-made-flesh padded past.

“Since you’re up, you might as well take the security checkpoint.”

She froze.

“What have you seen?”

(What wasn’t she being told? Past experience has shown the RC of the Realm sometimes held information close.)

“Oh, nothing.

Still there.

Crouching across the street.

No movement yet.”

The RC halted. Turned.

(Was that a smirk of condescension or a sly smile?)

“Are you up to this? Perhaps it would be better if -“

“No!” The force of her voice surprised her. “It’s fine. Go on.”

(Oh, that insulting pat-the-sweet-little-thing-on-the-head tone of voice again!)

She settled in by cold dark glass.

One last snide remark echoed from the RC as she floated down the hallway.

“Don’t worry, Molly, you’ll have warning.

They’ll trip over that plump lump Sasha first. She’s sleeping on the doormat again.”

Yes, they were still there. Huddled in the flowerbed.

The RC was right. They must be watched.

The whites of their eyes glowed even at night.

Endless vacant stares. Never blinking.

Always those unsettling manic grins.

some bunny in the bush

Did he move? Did you see him move?

What did they want?

Rested her chin on the window sill. Chin – not teeth.

Keeping weapons out of sight until necessary.

Some say the yearly invasion is a mysterious migration pattern.

Suddenly appear. Suddenly gone.

All Molly the Malamute knew was that no one would rest easily until the rigid zombie bunnies moved on.

Eyes wide open.


And those never slumbering bunnies’.

You just can’t be too careful these days.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Easter bunny decoration in the flower bed

Looks innocent enough…but that red nose…too much Easter whine?

Oh, for those new to the Realm…or generally confused

The RC Cat of the Realm. This is an official portrait. She is meditating – seeking wisdom for ruling the Realm. Come now, we must not interrupt her. Trust me on this. (Click the “RC Cat” tag in the sidebar for her tales and gentle guidance…She makes us say that. Despite her beliefs, she is not the main focus of the blog. Oh, she heard. Quick, run.)

"Yes, it would be intelligent to print out Our image and place it in a prominent place to serve as inspiration. Although few shall reach such heights as Ourself. You must not be too disappointed about that. It is as it is."

“Yes, Our image could serve as inspiration. Although few shall reach such heights as Ourself. You must not be too disappointed about that. It is as it is.”

Molly, Miss Muddy Paws, had quite an adventurous life. She went through abuse, life on the streets, and multiple homes before arriving here. She has a sunny personality despite it all. And that nervous chewing habit. (Click the “Molly” tag in the side bar for her stories.)

Yes, it's Molly the Malamute...and her favorite toy...which lasts maybe 2 hours tops...we sew the remnants of several of them together into Frankenbone.

Yes, it’s Molly the Malamute and her favorite toy…which lasts maybe 2 hours tops…we sew the remnants of several of them together into Frankenbone.












  1. JackieP / Apr 16 2014 10:34 pm

    You have to watch those zombie like bunnies, they are up to no good I tell you! 😉


  2. robstroud / Apr 16 2014 10:36 pm

    It’s the lack of blinking that’s particularly unsettling!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 16 2014 10:42 pm

      And you know what they say about sleep deprivation!…They have those big front teeth. (Shiver). Thanks for keeping an eye on them


  3. katecrimmins / Apr 17 2014 12:27 am

    There is always something going on there. Good thing you have RC to monitor the area but who is Sasha the lump?


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 17 2014 1:04 am

      Poor lumpy Sasha (also identified as a large molded potato) is the neighbor’s cat who lived most of her lives in an apartment and suddenly finds herself in a neighborhood. Not sure if the old thing had her mental abilities stunted by live in a box or if there wasn’t anything going on in there from the beginning. She gets dumped outside and is totally befuddled. For some reason she has decided our front door mat is an island of safety..except when the German is visiting…the German lunges at the window and barks. So the cat moved to the corner of the garage overhang or the flowerbed. It’s very strange. There’s a pix of her staring through the window at Molly in a previous post somewhere. She could easily be mistaken for a stuffed cat. Thanks for poking the bushes.


  4. EllaDee / Apr 17 2014 2:55 am

    Much better than a choccie egg, RC, Molly and the zombie bunnies put a big smile on my face. And, reminded me of my own close encounter with zombie bunnies yesterday. Queued at lunchtime in a big city supermarket I was the only person in the mass not heaving with armfuls of the cheap and cheerful chocolate being spruiked… all I wanted was sodastream gas for fizzy water. Last week the G.O. threw a $5 box of Ferrero Rocher in the shopping trolley for himself, so that was easy, and as we’re off to Taylors Arm for a week, all I want is peace and quiet… and a few glasses of wine-fizzy water spritzers. Happy Easter to you and the gang. Hope the weather is kind.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 17 2014 2:53 pm

      They never blink…they noticed your purchases…..We used to escape to the country every Easter week. Perfect idea. Enjoy the wine-fizzies and view! Happy Easter!


  5. Paul / Apr 17 2014 3:53 pm

    The unblinking Bunnicula reminds me of when a monster has been shot in a horror movie and is lying motionless on the ground. The other characters are all happy because they say it is dead. But you know, and only you know, that the monster is not dead – as soon as they turn away it will rise again. Bunnicula feels just like that.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 17 2014 7:16 pm

      ZOmbie bunnies – nothing more frightening! They try to hide those teeth….
      The Bunnicula series is hilarious.(The early ones in the series were the best – there’s a story why) Was fortunate enough to take a writers’ workshop by that author. Great guy. He was the early warning system for killer bunnies!
      Thanks for tossing a comment in the basket


  6. jannatwrites / Apr 17 2014 5:40 pm

    They are a little suspicious and should be watched. Glad RC is up to the task of protecting the realm 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 17 2014 7:24 pm

      They look like they might be hopped up on something? Molly is worried and asked if Sasha shouldn’t be encouraged to seek a defensive position, but RC simply smirked and muttered something about “Each has their purpose in life. She’s the early yowling alert system.” Staff has assured Molly that we can open the window and safely yank Sasha inside if the bunny threat materializes. Thanks for hopping over to chat


  7. jmmcdowell / Apr 17 2014 10:31 pm

    “Oh, it’s just a harmless little bunny rabbit, isn’t it?” Be careful, Molly! Be very, very careful. Guard your favorite toys and don’t let down your guard!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 17 2014 10:58 pm

      RC’s managed to get everyone nervous….that Sasha couldn’t be a disguised bunny trying to infiltrate…there’s just something odd about her. After Easter, you’ve got a few weeks until schools out and the tourists invade – make use of them!(And I did read that passage…the situation is intriguing, the dialogue, I’ll have to reread – bleary last time, but decided that could be revisited later. Everyone gets that Slough of Despondency – which is about all I remember from Pilgrim’s Progress. Best thing to do is go out and do stuff. Things will gel when you aren’t watching…
      Have a great few days off (and take pictures! There’s so much around you there that’s no where else)
      Thanks for tossing a comment into the basket


  8. SingingTuna / Apr 20 2014 7:22 pm

    Yeeeeeeeeooooow!!! Zombie Bunneeez!!!! Too scary!!! All that KEWT, turned so very evil!! ::shivers:: Love the pictures (even the ones that make me nervous). Wonderful mood, wonderful journey into fluffy-darkness!

    Pickles and Mila — and I!! — have missed visiting you sooooo much! It’s great to back, even with those Zomb-Bunz lurking.



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