The Bunny and the Snowstorm
“Oh. My. Gosh! It’s snowing! It’s snowing!” Claire yelled.
“Yeah, yeah, I know. It’s your first time seeing snow,” I sighed. Claire was eight, and she’s been yelling about the huge snow storm that’s coming today like it was a good thing.
I hadn’t seen snow since before Claire was born, when we went to the mountains, back in California. Because of my mom’s job, we had to move here. Our new house was old, so we still had to clean up a bit. Especially in the front yard, where there were a whole bunch of rocks and trees.
“It’s beautiful,” she whispered,”Like…like baby fairies went around and sprinkled magic fairy powder everywhere. Right Abby?”
“Okay, now you’ve officially gone nuts,” I smiled at her.
“Take me out to see the snow,” Claire demanded.
“What? Why me?!” I exclaimed..
“Mom and Dad can’t do it and I can’t go alone! What if the snow storm comes? When you find my frozen, dead body, you’ll be sorry you didn’t come with me,” Claire said darkly.
“Fine. Whatever. But only for twenty minutes, okay?” I said.
“Sure, sure. I don’t care,” Claire said as she pulled on her pink jacket, gloves, scarf, snow boots, and earmuffs. I threw on a coat and scarf, pulled on my black snow boots and followed my little sister as she skipped out the door.
As soon as I stepped out onto our porch a cold gust of sharp, icy wind hit me. It was so cold that it burned, stung my eyes, and froze me, even in all my warm clothes. I glanced over at Claire. She was spinning around giddily, scooping up small piles of snow and tossing them into the frigid air.
Claire giggled and began rolling the fresh snow into a ball. “Help me make a snow-Claire!” she called. I sighed. The idea was stupid, but cute, so I walked over and began piling up the snow and rolling it together. Suddenly, Claire froze.
“What is it?” I asked.
My little sister’s face broke into a smile. “Oh my gosh! Abby look! A snow bunny!” she exclaimed, pointing behind me.
“What?” I said and glanced in the direction she was looking. A white bunny was perched on top of a fallen branch. Claire ran towards the bunny. It looked at her for a second then hop-sprinted off.
“No! Come back snow bunny! You can be snow-Claire’s pet!” my sister yelled, and tore off after the little rabbit. I sighed. Of all the people in the world, it had to be my sister who was about to try and hunt down a little “snow bunny” when there was supposed to be a snow storm coming.
“Claire! Claire, come back!” I yelled, and ran off after my sister. I ran for a long time, following her boot prints. When I finally found Claire, she was sitting in the snow. She looked miserable. Still, I glowered at her. “Claire, you can’t just run off like that!” I said angrily,”There’s a big snowstorm coming and you could’ve gotten lost! Then I would’ve had to go and look for you and Mom and Dad would’ve been mad at me when it would’ve been all your fault.”
Claire looked up at me, her face confused, as if noticing me for the first time. “I lost the snow bunny,” she said sadly.
“I know,” I said, “We can’t do anything about that, so c’mon. We need to get home before the storm hits.” Claire pulled her coat tighter around her.
“No. I want to stay,” she said defiantly.
“I don’t care. I’m not gonna freeze my butt off here just because you lost your stupid snow bunny,” I said. It wasn’t my fault that Claire hadn’t been able to catch the snow bunny! This was crazy. I looked down at my little sister.
“Claire, you can’t do this. I promised you twenty minutes. I could leave right now,” I said.
“You wouldn’t do that. Mom would make you come back and get me,” Claire said, glaring up at me. Hmm…what could I do? She won’t listen to reason, but maybe I could trick her. It was the only thing that I could think of, so I went with it. Claire got easily scared of monsters and stuff. I decided to use that to my advantage.
“Fine,” I said mock casually,”I’ll leave. Mom will make me come back, but who cares? You’ll be gone by then.”
“What?” Claire said, confused,”No, I won’t. I’m staying here.”
“Well, yeah, you’ll want to stay here, but the snow monster will get you.”
“The snow monster? What’s that?”
“Oh nothing important. Just a big white monster who comes whenever there’s a snowstorm and eats every little kid it sees.”
“What?! No, you’re kidding. There’s no such thing…right?”
“Do I look like I’m lying?” I said seriously as I looked at my sister, struggling to keep a straight face. Claire studied me, her eyes squinted.
“No,” she finally said.
“Exactly. Now, do you want the snow monster to come eat you?” I asked her.
“No,” Claire said again.
“Okay then. Now let’s go home,” I told Claire, offering her my hand. She took it and I pulled her up. Claire shivered and wiped snow of her pants and coat. I helped her brush herself off a little. Suddenly, I felt cold too. I pulled on my hood. The wind had suddenly grown stronger too.
“C’mon Claire. We really gotta hurry. I don’t know how far away we are from home and it looks like the snow storm is starting,” I said, pulling her hand urgently.
“Aah!” Claire suddenly screamed.
“What?! What is it?!” I asked, frantically looking around us.
“Snow monster,” Claire whimpered.
I sighed. We really had to get home. I didn’t want to get caught in a blizzard. I began walking in the direction that our boot prints came from. Claire followed me like a shadow, obviously still worried about the snow monster. I smiled a little. Everything was going perfect. All we had to do was get home! I kept walking, shaking the snow off my boots. The wind picked up again, even stronger this time. Then it started snowing lightly, but it slowly grew stronger. The snowstorm was starting. Claire began shaking like a chihuahua and latched onto me.
“The snow monster! The snow monster it coming to eat me and you!” she shrieked. I rolled my eyes. The snow was falling heavily now and the wind was blowing furiously, making it almost impossible for us to see more than five feet in front of us. Still, we stomped ahead. Claire whined every three seconds.
“Are we almost home?”
“My feet hurt!”
“Where are we?”
“I don’t wanna walk anymore!”
Claire wouldn’t stop complaining and there was absolutely nothing I could do about it. I have to be honest; I was tempted to leave her more than once. Finally, I stopped and looked around. We were definitely lost. I couldn’t see anything in the blizzard, besides Claire, but that was only because she was clinging tightly onto me. I didn’t know what to do. I had never been caught in a blizzard.
My heart began climbing up my throat. I had to protect my little sister, but I didn’t know what to do! What did people usually do in situations like this? They looked for food and shelter, right? Well, right now, the main thing we had to do was find shelter so we didn’t freeze to death. I walked forward a few feet and Claire did too, with an iron grip on my coat. I saw a big dark silhouette in front of us. I ran and realized that it was a huge rock, just big enough for the both of us to crawl behind. The wind was blowing towards it, so if we hid behind it, it would probably protect us from the blizzard perfectly.
Claire seemed to also realize all of this and screamed,”It’s a winter miracle!” She dove behind the rock and I followed her suit. We huddled together in the rock’s shelter in silence, rubbing our hand together for warmth. I didn’t know how long blizzards lasted, but I hoped that, at best, this one would only last for an hour or so. I wrapped my arms around Claire, trying to keep her warm. Surprisingly, she began to fall asleep. Slowly, I fell asleep too.
When I finally opened my eyes, the blizzard had stopped completely. Bright, white snow was piled all around us. I woke up Claire.
“Huh? Where are we? Where’s the snow bunny?” She asked, looking confused
“We were stuck in the blizzard remember?” I said.
“We have to go home,”
“We could be really far,” I told my little sister. Claire crawled out from behind the rock and smiled.
“No we’re not!” She yelled happily, pointing at our house, which was about fifteen feet away!
“Are you serious?!” I screamed,”All this time we’ve been freezing out in this stupid blizzard when we’ve been fifteen feet away?!”
Claire laughed and ran toward our house. I sighed. Oh well. What’s done was done right? At least Claire and I were safe. I smiled and jogged after her. Something told me that the rest of my winter break was going to be very interesting. I guess Claire and I will get along better