…Cara: If we can’t trust the written word what can we trust?
Bugs settles at the West and Cara at the East.
Bugs: Vertical Polarity!
OL SONUF VAORSAGI GOHO IADA BALTA.
ELEXARPEH COMANANU TABITOM. ZODAKARA,
EKA ZODAKARE OD ZODAMERANU. ODO KIKLE
QAA PIAP PIAMOEL OD VAOAN.
Bugs: (Addressing the Companions) Don’t say what this is but if anyone does know what it is please raise your hands. (If any hands are raised to each of those who raised their hands) – Just say ‘yes’ or ‘no’. Do you know what it means? (if so) – Please don’t take part in the next bit. So, everyone else. Those of you who feel that this piece holds power, raise your hands. (If any hands are raised) Would anyone like to expand on that? Would anyone like to categorise how that made them feel. In a general way was that feeling Good or Bad? We’ll come back to this…
Cara: But first…
Cara walks to the central altar and removes the cover from the Top Hat and Ears, lifting out the rabbit ears in time honoured fashion they are revealed to be part of two rabbit masks…
Bugs: For those with ears to hear…
Bugs walks to the central altar. Cara hands one of the rabbit masks to Bugs (Black) and keeping the other for herself (White) they both don them.
Cara (now wearing a white rabbit mask) … A story about rabbits…
Bugs: (now wearing a black rabbit mask) … ‘What’s up Doc!’
Bugs explains that the cards have two inscriptions, one on either side but that the companions must not turn the cards over to read the second inscription until directed to do so by the utterance of the ‘Trigger’ word- ‘Carrots’ as Cara hands out the cards. After handing out the cards Cara returns to the central altar. Bugs and Cara circle the altar and then Bugs retreats to the east, while Cara retreats to the west.
TO EACH READ, IN TURN, WHILE CIRCLING…
Bugs… The primroses were over…
The May sunset was red in clouds, and there was still half an hour to twilight.
The dry slope was dotted with rabbits…
Here and there one sat upright on an ant-heap and looked about:
nose to the wind.
The blackbird, singing undisturbed on the outskirts of the wood, gave lie to their caution.
There was nothing to alarm the peace of the warren.
Cara… At the top of the bank where the blackbird sang was a group of holes hidden by brambles.
In the green half-light, at the mouth of one of these holes, sat two rabbits side by side.
The larger of the two came out of the hole, slipped along the bank, hopped down into the ditch and then ambled up into the field…
A few moments later the smaller rabbit followed.
The first rabbit stopped in a sunny patch and scratched an ear with rapid movements of a hind-leg.
He looked as though he knew how to take care of himself.
There was a shrewd, buoyant air about him as he sat up, looked round and rubbed both front paws over his nose.
Once satisfied that all was well he laid back his ears and set to work on the grass.
His companion seemed less at ease.
He was small, with wide eyes and a way of raising and turning his head which suggested a sort of ceaseless nervous tension.
His nose moved continually and when a bumble-bee flew, humming, to a thistle bloom behind him he jumped and spun round with a start…
to be continued…