An invitation to tea

Here is Julia’s 100 word challenge for this week.

The prompt this week is ….‘What was the rabbit late for,’ wondered Alice…..

Wordcount 108 including the prompt.

Hope you enjoy my interpretation. I welcome your feedback.


Alice focused on reading the rabbit’s thoughts.

I am late.

“What was the rabbit late for,” wondered Alice.

She followed the rabbit into the forest. The dense tree crowns hid the sun, causing Alice to shiver in the cool summer day. Soon she saw a cottage with the front door open and followed the rabbit in.

“Ah! Just in time for tea,” said an old man. He was alone but the table was set for two.

The rabbit laid itself on the table. The man poised a knife over its neck and asked, “Rabbit blood fine with you?”

Alice sat up in bed. It was only a dream!

41 thoughts on “An invitation to tea

  1. Nice twist! I liked that her dream-self let her read the rabbit’s thoughts. That was a good explanation. I’m curious about the old man, too – some kind of huntsman, perhaps? I hope you do flesh out the rest of the story!

    • Thanks. 🙂
      Nope he is not a huntsman. I am going to write a 30000 word short story based on this piece. Already have the plot worked out. Just need to write it down. If for whatever reason, I do not submit it for the short story competition it is meant for or if my story does not get picked, I would publish it on my blog. Although you would need to wait a few months till then though.
      In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the other pieces I write. Thanks for coming by. Cheers!

    • Thanks. Your perception is quite similar to how I imagined it too, except for the swaying part. In my mind, they stood their ground solidly; almost menacing in their stance.

      • you know what it makes me think of? This has been tugging at my memory. The line from Yeats , ‘and hid his face amid a crown of stars’ though sometimes you see crowd instead of crown. So neatly descriptive and poetic.

      • Thanks, I just read the poem for the first time. Obviously Yeats was neglected in my literature classes. But you are right, the version I read used ‘crowd’.
        Actually I was thinking back to my geography lessons as I wrote this line; the different levels of trees in a forest, etc.

  2. Ooo, nice twists in this; good luck with the story writing!
    It had just the right amount of surrealism in it to make it a bit different, but still perfectly believable. Good luck with the next 29 900 words!

    • Did I cause the goosebumps? I can be scary too? Yay! I am tired of being nice to my characters. Well, I was still being nice by turning it into a dream. Thanks for commenting. I am heading your way right now. Cheers! 🙂

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  4. Oh my goodness! What a shocking ending – thank goodness! I was all happy & skipping along until …..! You have left it open for next week!

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