Flash Fiction Friday – Year Of The Rabbit

January 9, 2023, prompt: Write a story that includes rabbits in 99 words (no more, no less). Is it a family? A strange planet? Some crazy bunny person’s pets? Who are they, and what are they doing? Go where the prompt leads! Click here for details.

Year Of The Rabbit – by Hugh W. Roberts

As she carefully avoided stepping into any blood on the blood-splattered, white-tiled floor, she thought she’d ask the question again.

“So nobody was here at the time of the murder?”

“Not according to the CCTV footage from outside the room. The murder occurred six to eight hours ago, and nobody came in or out until Professor Doebuck discovered the body.

“Inspector. Hop to it! Bring the forensics out here now, please,” yelled her boss.

Nobody noticed the unlocked door to the cage containing a new rabbit breed as they left the animal-testing laboratory.

The case, now closed, remains unsolved.


Image of four rabbits munching on carrots.
Image credit: Charli Mills

Written for the 99-word flash fiction challenge hosted by Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch.


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53 thoughts on “Flash Fiction Friday – Year Of The Rabbit

  1. Thanks to Watership Down I enjoy tales of rabbits. Yours was fun – it is custom for me to say ‘Rabbit” as the first word of the year – and your rabbit tale was the first short story of 2023. Good luck that is!

  2. This is so fun! I “found” you by searching for information on updating a Gravatar (your post on that was a lifesaver), which led to this clever piece. Don’t mind me, as I “hop” around your site a bit more now. 😀

    1. I’m so pleased my post about updating a Gravatar showed up on your search list.
      And welcome to Hugh’s Views And News. I hope you enjoy the content and find plenty that interests you.

    1. From somebody who once had a pet rabbit that acted like the devil, I am with you, Linda. He was pure white, had red eyes and would bite anyone he could get his teeth into. My father ended up sending him to the farm to live.

      1. Ahh, you wrote from experience then. I didn’t know rabbits had a mean streak! I also had a white rabbit when I was a kid. It’s name was “Scratch” and my mom made me keep it in a bushel basket downstairs. We got it from a family member who owned a farm. We ended up taking it back as my mom said it wasn’t fair to keep him by himself all day long and nowhere for it to move around.

      1. Yep and here’s why.
        New breed of Rabbit has second joint in front legs, this enables it to unlatch the cage door. Then hiding in wait for the scientist on duty to come back in and check animals. As he enters the room, bang, the new rabbit jumps him from behind, slicing his throat be accident while trying to escape.
        Jumping through the open door, to what he thought was freedom. 🙂

      1. We planted some medium-sized cherry bushes last spring. They grew quickly. After a week, I noticed the leaves were gone. The darn rabbits ate the leaves and young branches to the ground. If they survive the winter, I will have to put a fence around the bushes. 😦

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