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Despite a full moon, the ditch was shadowed in darkness. When Henny stopped, refusing to give an inch, Nia tugged on the fourleg’s leash. Quicker than Jack Be Nimble, a rabbit made a dash for the tree line.
Thalia whooped, “First rabbit stare down of the season — a sh-errrrrrr sign of spring!”
“I prefer robins,” Nia groused and tugged again.
“A mere inconvenience…” Calliope sighed. “Let us enjoy the rest of our walk.”
You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.
~ The Velveteen Rabbit