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Rabbit Karma
by Bea Pantoja

Torment of a Lost Ecstasy
The forest was silent in the morning.

The little white rabbit poked his little pink nose out of the rabbit hole.

He climbed out of the hole and pattered across the forest, the very picture of innocence.

Bang! A gunshot burst out of an ancient gun and cracked the silence of the forest, along with the rabbitís skull. The little white rabbit was now a very red rabbit, and his little pink nose was five feet away.

The pleased human took his prize home to his family and his little girl picked some mushrooms for dinner. Well, rabbits are rabbits but mushrooms arenít always mushrooms. There arenít any poisonous rabbits, but you canít say the same for mushrooms. But howís a three year old girl supposed to know that anyway?

The family had the little white rabbit and mushrooms for dinner that night and died the next day. The town buried them in the forest.

Their bodies made wonderful compost and the soil was rich with nutrients. Time passed, and plentiful, thick green grass sprung up on that soil. That spot became the favorite feeding place for little rabbits everywhere.

And the forest was silent in the morning, except for the sounds of innocent munching.


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Bea Pantoja is a sixteen year old living in Indonesia who believes chocolate and writing go hand in hand.

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Issue Six (October 15, 2004): Money on the Eyes by Ian Kita «» Fire. Water. by Avital Gad-Cykman «» On the Inside of a Horseís Skull by Daphne Buter «» Breakfast in America by Angela Delarmente «» Broodiness by Alicia Gifford «» The Suspect by Joseph Young «» Picnic by Robin Slick «» Rabbit Karma by Bea Pantoja «» Grateful by Lisa K. Buchanan «» Getting Religion by Carol Novack «» The Green Dress by Beverly Jackson «» Smoky Clothes by Ellen Parker «» Shopping List by Liesl Jobson «» The Nub by Jordan E. Rosenfeld «» Swallow Whole by Spencer Dew «» Dead Weight by Jensen Whelan «» Instructions for a Son upon Finding Something of his Fatherís by Robert S. Jersak «» 201 Feet by Andrew Tibbetts «» Slip it In by Myfanwy Collins «» Frostbite by Katrina Denza «» Interviews: Ian Kita «» Avital Gad-Cykman «» Daphne Buter «» Anglea Delarmente «» Alicia Gifford «» Joseph Young «» Robin Slick «» Bea Pantoja «» Lisa K. Buchanan «» Carol Novack «» Beverly Jackson «» Ellen Parker «» Liesl Jobson «» Jordan E. Rosenfeld «» Spencer Dew «» Jensen Whelan «» Robert S. Jersak «» Andrew Tibbetts «» Myfanwy Collins «» Katrina Denza «» Cover Art "Torment of a Lost Ecstasy" by Marty D. Ison «» Letter From the Editor
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