a Supernatural Thriller
coming May 31, 2016
Bugs Bunny hizzownself.
I won’t dare step on this one, folks...
I’d likely have a piano fall on my head or an ACME product blow my head off if I did.
So without further ado, take it away Bugs and Charlie!
Charlie (chuckling): Hi, Bugs. It’s an honor to actually meet you in person. Or rabbit. I’ve been a huge fan of yours since I was just a little girl. I think you’re the greatest.
Bugs: Aww. Flattery will get you everywhere, cutie. But you are a little girl. What year were you born in?
Charlie (in a deep, cartoonish voice): I don’t know. I was pretty young at da time.
Bugs: Hey, dat’s one of my gags! You really are a fan. But seriously, how old are you?
Charlie: I’m ten. But my mom says I’m really mature for my age. She calls me an “old soul.”
Bugs: Hmm. I can see dat. So who’s your furry friend you got witcha?
Bugs: Izzat right? He don’t bite, does he?
Charlie: No way! Well, I mean... uhh, I can’t say. I don’t want to give away any spoilers about the book.
Bugs: What book izzat?
Charlie: Marionettes. It’s a supernatural thriller me and Quinn are in. It’s where we met, through a... mutual friend. Let’s just say that he doesn’t bite anyone who doesn’t deserve to be bitten, and leave it at that.
Charlie: Yeah, they can. But his tail’s wagging pretty fast. I think he likes you.
Bugs: What’s not to like? (nibbles on a carrot) So... tell me a little about dis book, dis Marionettes.
Bugs: Wow, you’re a pretty smart kid there, dollface. That’s some pretty big words and concepts for a ten-year-old. How’d you get so smart, huh?
Charlie (grinning): David and my mom say that, too. It’s because I love books and reading so much. My teachers say I read on a tenth-grade level.
Bugs: Wow. Remind me not to get in a battle of wits with you, cutie. So what were you doin’ in da hospital? You look healthy to me.
Charlie: I got hurt in a car accident. Broke my right leg and my left arm, and got all bruised and cut up. My friend Alisha and her mom took me skating for my tenth birthday, and some drunk guy in a van hit us when we were driving home. But I’m all healed up now. Momma says I’m tough as nails. Still, some birthday present, huh?
Bugs: Yikes. I’m glad you’re okay now. Cute little girls as smart as you shouldn’t be all broken and busted up, like a lot of my co-stars get when dey mess with me. So how did you and dis David Flint guy meet?
Charlie: He was in a room in the same hospital as me, down the hall, and he... uhh, jumped into my mind while he was recovering.
Bugs (eyes cartoonishly bugging out): He WHAT?!?!
(a cartoonish doinggg! sound rings out)
Bugs: Wowzers, doc. Dat’s stellar, with awesome sauce, as you kids say these days. So what happened when he jumped into your mind? He better not have hurt or scared you, or I’ll de-atomize and disintegrate him with Marvin the Martian’s Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator.
Charlie: Oh, no! David would never hurt or scare me. He only hurts really bad people. I can’t tell you about that; you’ll have to read the book to find out. But David’s a really nice man, and a good friend, even though he’s sad.
Bugs: Sad? With a friend like you and a superpower like that, what’s he got to be sad about?
Bugs: Yeah, I know what dat means. Rabbits are pretty smart. We’re especially good at multiplication, don’tcha know. (Charlie giggles) So... dis guy controls other people. Is dat why the story is called Marionettes, ’cause they’re like his human puppets?
Charlie: Yes! David even starts thinking of himself as the Marionette Man. But he’s got some dangerous surprises coming his way. Some are good, but some are really scary, even deadly. He learns pretty fast that nobody lasts long—and truly wins—in this world without really good friends by their side.
Bugs: Hmm. Looks to me like you’ve learned a lot as well, Charlie. Maybe we can be friends too.
Charlie: I’d like that a lot!
Bugs: Consider it a done deal, sweetheart. But I got a question botherin’ me: Wouldn’t a guy or gal wit dis power start thinkin’ they could get away with just about anything after awhile? I mean, they could mess with lots of people, sorta like dat moroon Elmer Fudd or dat gunslingin’ screwball Yosemite Sam are always messin’ wit me, and they'd never have to suffer da consequences of what they did ’cause nobody’d know they did it except da person they was messin’ with.
Bugs: Yeesh! All dat would be enough to make even a wascally wabbit like me go looney tunes.
Charlie: Me too! In fact, something terrible even happens in the book that makes David go, “Of course you realize dis means war.”
Bugs: Hey, dat’s my line!
Bugs: Wow. Dat sounds pretty intense. Maybe I oughta check dis Marionettes out. After all, if you’re in it, it’s gotta be good.
Charlie: Aww, thank you. I always knew you were a softie, under all that mischief and wackiness.
Bugs: Don’t tell anyone, dollface. I got a reputation to uphold and all dat, don’tcha know.
Charlie: It’ll be our secret, I promise.
Bugs: Well, sweetheart, I gotta go. I hear da missus calling, and got lots of hungry little wabbit mouths to feed and all dat. Thanks for letting me do dis interview. It was my pleasure. Give me a hug before I go.
Charlie (grinning and hugging Bugs): Thanks, Bugs! Maybe one day I’ll join you on the big screen.
Bugs: Lemme talk to Warner Brothers about dat, doll. I’ll see what I can do. You take care of yourself and dat furry friend, ya hear?
Charlie: You bet! Bye, Bugs!
Bugs (sashaying off into the sunset with his cottontail wagging): So long, bub!
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