Speakeasy #156… EASTER HARES by Ethel & Cheryl

Gun Bunny


“Hi Cheryl, it’s Ethel.”

“Why do you insist on announcing yourself every time you call? Don’t you think I know your voice? My phone says who it is anyway. Did you start the poem?”

“Yeah, how’s this… ‘Back-to-back they faced one another, Drew their swords and shot each other’?”

“Ethel. It is supposed to be an Easter theme. Besides, I think that ones’ been done. How about this… ‘Two young hares, rump to rump like dueling pistols, crouched by the gate’.”

“Well the rabbits work, I guess, but why do they have to have guns? How about bows and arrows if they have to shoot something?”

” I could see bows and arrows. Ethel, it is supposed to be a dark piece, they should be shooting something.”

“Wait! Cameras! The rabbits have cameras and they are shooting pictures instead of people. The rabbits are blackmailing people instead of shooting them!”

“That is the stupidest thing I have ever heard, Ethel. No one said anything about people. They should be shooting chicks. Ambushing baby chicks. Besides, how could they work a camera, their paws are too thick.”

“Very funny, Cheryl. Then how could they pull the trigger on a gun, if their paws are so thick? I think we should enter the egg dyeing contest instead of the poetry contest.”

“Maybe you’re right, Ethel, who ever heard of a dark Easter anyway?”


Ethel & Cheryl ‘borrowed’ the Young Hare from Lauren Mortimer, a fabulous London illustrator.  Please check out her work.


This week’s Speakeasy submission had to included this line by Alien Aura (last week’s winner) to be used anywhere in the story: “Two young hares, rump to rump like dueling pistols, crouched by the gate.” Editor Suzanne Purkis also instructed us to make reference to the media prompt, which this week is the song Glory Box, by Portishead, which you will find below.


26 responses

  1. Most entertaining! It has a kind of Lewis Carroll lunacy to it which I really liked: felt as if I might bump into a Jabberwocky, a Mock Turtle or the Cheshire Cat at any moment! Nice one!

    1. Thanks… that old poem came to mind when I read your line.

  2. Interesting way of using the prompts,way to go Ted.

    1. Thanks, Ranu… how’s things in St. John’s?

      1. Cold and the grounds are covered with snow,thank you for asking.

  3. Fun story Ted. In regard to the trigger, Ethel should have asked Cheryl ‘Haven’t you ever heard of a ‘hare (hair)-trigger’ 😆

    1. Man, I wish I had thought of that! I will have to consult you on the next one, Betty. Maybe that’s the only way I can get you to write a story.

  4. Love this Ted, ‘specially the start. Not everyone has caller ID aaaand…

    I don’t always recognize a one-word response when I answer the phone.

    blessings ~ maxi

    1. I think Cheryl knows it will be Ethel before she picks up the phone, Maxi. Thanks.

  5. I really feel like people are just nailing their stories this week and this is one of my favorites of yours that I’ve read. It’s clever and funny, with clear dialogue and some great lines- my favorite, at least the one that made me laugh out loud, was the suggestion that the hares should be ambushing baby chicks like some bunny mafia. Great read, I loved it.

  6. These two crack me up. Nice to see you back, Ted!

  7. These two are so fun! I love the banter between the two and your subtle reference to the media prompt with the bows and arrows. Hope the egg dyeing goes better than the poetry… but somehow, I think these two will still manage to not see eye to eye 🙂

  8. I love your use of the prompt.

  9. I’m thinking the egg dying could go in a really disturbing direction! Lovely job with this.

  10. Whoever heard of a dark easter, Indeed! I loved this!

  11. Hahaha! Man, I love those two. And I can think of at least one guy who had a dark Easter.

    Great use of the prompts, Ted! Love the animated absurdist feel to their dialogue.

  12. The banter between friends was hilarious and ridiculous at the same time (but in a great way). Great submission =)

  13. Ha!ha!Ted!So good to see Ethel and Cheryl going at it hammer and tongs again!And what an imagination-the dialogues were total fun:-)Full marks for using the prompts so creatively-loved it:-)

  14. Funny! And I love the drawing.

  15. The illustrator also has an illustration of a pig’s head on top of a cocktail stick. Now I wonder what Cheryl would do with that? 🙂

  16. I have never much explored the Speakeasy side of yeah write, but this was hilarious and made me curious to dig deeper.

  17. Are you the real creator of, “The Far Side?” Loved it.

  18. This is HILARIOUS, Ted! Love the conversation.
    Thanks for bringing it to the party! Have fun trolling!

  19. Susie sent me. Funny post. 🙂

  20. Enjoyed this story so much! Clear narrative with bags of personality. Thanks for making me smile!

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