The Tiger Inside

0241 - Inner Beast via Flash-Prompt“You know how Rottweilers think they’re really lapdogs, and chihuahuas believe they’re the most ferocious beasts ever?”

 

“Yes. What’s your point?”

 

“We all, every one of us, have our own inner vision, our own perception, of what we are. It’s sort of the reason Gran lies about her age. In her head, she’s still the dewy-eyed, smooth-skinned twenty-year-old Gramps fell in love with.”

 

“Okay, but Gran lies about her age for so long she forgot how old she really was, and got pissy when we all missed her 75th birthday.”

 

“Well…”

 

“And you can’t expect me to believe some wild rabbit living in a suburban hedgerow thinks it is a twenty-year-old virgin bride. I mean… do rabbits even get that old?”

 

“You’re missing the point.”

 

“Oh, please… Enlighten me, then, oh wise one.”

 

“We see a timid, little, bunny caught outside it’s burrow. But look at it – REALLY- look at it. Ears alert, paws flexed to pounce, nose twitching… in that bunny’s head, it’s not potential hawk-lunch. It’s a fierce lion. It’s the king of beasts, ready to defend its entire domain.”

 

“You’ve got to be kidding.”

 

“Well… either that, or it believes it’s Bunnicula. Seen any exsanguinated veggies in the garden recently?”

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