Alice visits Uncle W. Rabbit (Part .05)

By MetristAdrift

This is not even half of it. It's just the portion that I feel mildly satisfied with in my current state of needing to hitRECord. More to come tomorrow, as I find time to edit during/after work.



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Alice approached the headstone with caution, clutching the small wooden flute she held in her hand with a terrible grip. She’d really wished she were doing this during the day, when it wasn’t so dark and nighty and spooky. In her mind, the rustle of every leaf was a specter waiting to leap – if specters even leap. Her uncertainty terrified her more. The headstone was quite elaborately adorned with etchings of teacups and chess pieces. The letters were speckled with the remains of gold paint. She imagined the stone was once very beautifully artistic. It read simply:

Let's not forget dear Uncle W.
the last white rabbit who
found himself too late,
for his very important date.

Alice unfolded the slip of paper tucked into the body of the flute. In the bright moonlight she could just make out the notes. Steadying her breath, she put the flute to her lips and played the tune from the sheet. It was quite bad. After she’d finished, she glanced at the tomb. Not a single movement, it seemed.
‘Perhaps I missed a note’, thought Alice as she readied the flute for a second try.

“My dear young miss,
If you could be so kind,
As to not put your lips
To that thing one more time.”

The interrupting verse bellowed from a much larger tomb nearby and nearly caused Alice to faint. “I’m quite sorry. I didn’t mean to disturb you Mr…” She quickly read his headstone. “Moricio Usy.”

There was a grumble, followed by a sneeze. Out of a tiny hole at what seemed to be the foot of the tomb lifted the ghost of a mouse, no larger than Alice’s hand. His tail danced in the air like a worm and his feet seemed wisp off into mist half way down.

Call me Mo, Young lady
As all my friends do,
And then just maybe
You’ll tell me -- who are you?

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Alice visits Uncle W. Rabbit (Part .05)

Created: Feb 12, 2010

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