Previously – Gunnar, a current descendant of the original Easter Bunny (a real bunny), has decided to see what was happening with Easter now that the family has outsourced most of it to the humans. So far, he is not happy. He is going to see the Easter Bunny at the mall for an explanation.
Gunnar arrived at the mall. He had never seen such a thing. The mall was huge. And full of humans. Rather scary for a small rabbit. He hopped past all the signs for Easter sales. They were on almost every window: clothing stores, technology stores, mattress stores, perfume shops. Do people really give each other mattresses for Easter?
He finally found a sign for the Easter Bunny. He saw a large group of people lined up before a throne. On the throne was a creature in some kind of costume with large ears and fake whiskers. There was a sign next to him that said “Easter Bunny”.
“Oh my carrots, is that what the humans think the Easter Bunny looks like?” wondered Gunnar. “That’s not even a rabbit.” He got as close to the line as he could without being seen. He wanted to hear what the humans thought of the fake rabbit.
“Mommy, is that the real Easter Bunny?”
“Of course he is.”
“Is he going to bring me a basket with toys?”
“Yes, dear. On Easter morning.”
Gunnar moved along the line.
“Mama, he looks kind of scary. I didn’t think he’d be so big.”
“That’s OK. He’s actually very friendly.”
“Do I tell him what I want for Easter?”
“I don’t think that’s the way it works. We’re here to have your picture taken with him. Grandma wants to show it to her friends.”
Gunnar thought about it. People were standing in line to take pictures of their children with a big, scary fake rabbit. Humans were very strange.
Then he heard a grumbling at the front of the line. Hopping up he saw a sign, “The Easter Bunny will be taking a short break. His assistants are available if you have any questions about the photo packages. No personal checks.”
Gunnar went behind the screen to see if he could talk to the “Easter Bunny.” He heard voices from a small room. Gunnar was speechless. The man in the costume had taken off the head. He was unshaven and didn’t even look clean.
Gunnar wrinkled his nose. The man didn’t smell clean either. And he reeked of cigarettes. Gunnar listened.
“Whoever designed this thing should have to wear it for a while. It’s hot,” smelly and I can’t even see out of the eyes.”
Gunnar wanted to tell the man why the costume smelled, but continued to listen.
“I need to go outside for a cigarette.”
“You know the rules. No leaving this room without the head.”
“I can’t smoke with the head on.”
“That’s OK. The Easter Bunny doesn’t smoke. Besides, it’s time to go back out.”
“Great. The next kid that tries to rip off my head is going on the floor.”
“Eddie, you can’t do that. No hurting the children.”
“Fine. But the next one that pees on me is going back to Mom.”
“That’s why we got you the plastic sheet to go under the blanket on your lap.”
“The talent agency never told me what a miserable job this is.”
Gunnar left without talking to the man. How could someone who didn’t like children pretend to be the Easter Bunny? And who would believe that disgusting man was really the Easter Bunny?
As he was leaving the area, Gunnar noticed a sign, “Brunch with the Easter Bunny.” It had a picture of the same rabbit imposter who was on the throne. “What a disgusting idea,” Gunnar thought.
Depressed, Gunnar returned to the forest. He poured himself a large glass of carrot juice and thought for a while. His relatives had made a huge mistake. The humans had changed the idea of the Easter Bunny almost beyond recognition.
“I wonder who I call to give the humans responsibility for the rest of the Easter goodies.”