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Chapter Seven: Good Friday (Continued)
Previously: In the California foothills, The Fool eavesdropped on a group of school children preparing to search for Easter prizes.
(NOTE: Read Fool’s Odyssey 25 before the passage below)
The teacher finally finished her briefing.
The little caissons squirmed with military joy.
The last point she made was this:
“Whenever you find a gift, be sure to say thank you
to the Easter Bunny who put it there for you to find!”
Then the troops broke like shrapnel
and fired in a million directions,
looking for the gifts the Easter Bunny had left.
All except one kid.
He just sat there thinking, I think,
about everything the teacher had said.
Then after the longest time he turned
and very deliberately began walking
away from the school and up toward the hills.
I thought for a moment he’d seen me and was coming to me,
but he hadn’t and he wasn’t.
He had the greenest eyes and the jettest hair—
he looked as though he might just walk past the mountains
or even through them.
Within a moment he was beginning to walk past me.
I thought he’d say something, but he didn’t.
He just walked on.
Where was he going?
I decided to follow him.
He knew something,
and I wanted to know too.
I caught up with him on the other side of the road
and up into the forest a ways.
“Hi!” I said, out of breath.
He stopped and turned around,
and said “Hi” back,
then started to walk on.
“Wait!” I said.
“Where are you going?”
He stopped and stared at me for awhile,
then finally said,
“I’m going to find the Easter Bunny.”
And then I understood.
I finally understood.
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