A series of short stories woven together by the theme of the turtle and the rabbit, and their search for love.
For centuries, Turtle has been known to take his time, to procrastinate even, to move patiently through life. Turtle, known in cultures around the world as a steadfast creature, lived for a 100 years without knowing the true meaning of love. He migrated for miles throughout the depths of the ocean, where he lived and felt safe, protected by his sturdy shell. One day, Turtle, yearning for a life without solitude, decided to venture onto land. The threat of predators much bigger than him was no deterrent to his deep desire to find this love.
As he made his way from the deep darkness of the seas, up towards the light, fighting through the currents and then through the surf, he washed up on shore. One slow, steady step at a time, he ventured warily and cautiously toward the lush thickness of life on land.
Turtle, peaceful and solitary by nature, saw around him the harshness of a world so alien to him, and began to regret leaving his aquatic home. Among the howls of land animals, and the cries of winged creatures, he retreated into his shell and there he remained, safe in his isolation, and resigned to the fact that love was but a myth in his mind.
Way above the wispy clouds, and into the blackness of space, somewhere on the desolate landscape of the moon lived Rabbit. Rabbit, since the dawn of time, was created by the gods as a symbol of fertility—though in an ironic and sardonic twist of fate, was given a lunar home where she dwelled alone. Day after day, she watched the Earth come in and out of view, and she longed to journey to the mythical land where she knew she would find love.
One night, as a shower of shooting stars whizzed towards the moon, on their way to Earth, she decided to hitch a ride to finally discover what it was about this place, so connected to her home, yet so far away.
Arriving safely on Earth, the bunny thanked her lucky stars and hopped on in exploration of what was to her a magical land, filled with colors and sound unlike anything she had ever laid eyes on before. Earth was beautifully detailed as she’d always imagined. Excited, she raced through the world, certain she would find someone with whom she could share a life. Rabbit, so sweet and cuddly, befriended many creatures in her adventures on Earth: Tiger, who promised to protect her, nearly devoured her one night in a fit of hunger; Snake, who claimed to always be truthful with her, wrapped himself around her and nearly suffocated her; and Eagle, who vowed to love her, couldn’t stay still long enough to do so.
Despondent, Rabbit hopped away into a forest, wishing now for the life she had left behind. At least, there she was safe from harm. She settled on a rock, looked up at her moon, which seemed so far away now, and wept gently. Through her tears and pleas to be taken back home, she began to notice that she was somehow getting closer to the moon. She thought that maybe her wish was coming true, until she looked down and saw that the Earth too was moving beneath her. Confused, she hopped off the rock—only to find out that it wasn’t a rock! Turtle spoke softly to her, “I didn’t mean to frighten you, dear Bunny. I only wanted to give you what you seem to desire.” Rabbit’s heart sank. Many others had claimed to want to give her her heart’s desires, but until now, no one had ever really tried. In that moment, Rabbit knew, undoubtedly so, that Turtle, more than anyone else on Earth, was the one she had searched for all her life … and they lived happily ever after.
(Part 1) | Part 2