Bunny raised the sandwich to her lips, rubbing it against them until she took a bite. The sharp taste of the cheddar cheese far outweighed the flavor of anything else. She shrugged as foods were still foreign to her.
She glanced around the table at all the kids she ate lunch with during school. Seiya and Kaya sat right next to her. If they ever figured out she had actually been their beloved doll from their childhood, she did not know how they would respond. She had been Kaya’s treasured doll throughout Kaya’s childhood. She was taken everywhere with the young human girl but when Kaya grew older, she was put in the toy chest. She longed to be in her owner’s arms again and on one stormy night, she wished with all her might that she could be human. A crack of thunder was heard and her wish was granted. She became a human but was made to understand that the only thing that kept her human was her pink bunny headband. If that was to be removed, she would revert back to her original state, spending eternity alone in that cold, dark toy chest.
There was another reason Bunny wanted to be human. She had been attracted to Kaya’s human brother, Seiya. She had fallen in love with Seiya and now that her wish had been granted to become a human, she could almost squeal with joy. Here she was sitting next to him, so close they could almost touch. She touched the headband upon her head and wished she could take it off. She was always teased by it, not to mention she was ridiculed for having pink hair and eyes. It was unnatural, she understood that, but the cruelty of some teenage humans made her almost wish she would have stayed as a doll.
“You don’t seem to like that sandwich very much do you, Bunny?” asked Kaya.
Bunny sighed, “Not really.” She was always honest with her former owners and she wished she could express to them how close she felt to their hearts. Although she was teased due to the color of her hair, eyes, headband and her name, neither Kaya nor Seiya joined in the mockery. She knew she had to grow a thicker skin and as she finally swallowed the lasting bite of bread in her mouth, she decided then that she would try to build a relationship with Seiya and grow a close friendship with Kaya. It was a very strange circumstance that she was cast into, but she had to make the best of it. She decided wallowing over what to do with the wish that had been granted did not seem to be the right way to be thankful.
“I just don’t see how people eat this,” she said shyly, her cheeks warming as Seiya looked at her from the corner of his eye as he munched down on his own sandwich.
Kaya smiled thoughtfully at her, “Don’t worry, I’ll find something you like!” She finished and ran off towards the cafeteria leaving Seiya and Bunny alone.
Bunny looked over towards Seiya, wanting to talk to him. During all those years in the toy box, she had yearned to talk to him. She remembered those times when he had stolen her away from his sister to secretly play in the backyard with her as a toy; it made her blush at the image.
“Who do we have here? You are such a little freak,” a boy said, his green eyes hiding behind his long bangs. He leaned close to her and touched her hair, rubbing it between his fingers.
Bunny cringed knowing this was the type of humiliation she had to go through in high school. She hated being constantly bullied by the students but she hoped it was just an initiation and this game would be over soon. After all, she was new to this school.
“Aw, what’s wrong? The cute little bunny can’t talk?” he said as he pulled his face close to hers.
“Leave her be.” Seiya’s voice said forcefully from the side of her.
Her heart melted at the sternness of his voice but this just made the young kid turn and look at the man she loved, “What are you going to do about it if I don’t?”
Seiya just smiled and reached over grabbing Bunny’s hand, causing her face to burst into a red mask. She was at a loss for words, “S-Seiya?”
“If you mess with her you are messing with me. Do you really want to go down that road? Tell your punk friends to stop tormenting her or you’ll be eating your lunch through a straw. Get it?”
The boy laughed nervously but walked closer to them. Luckily, the bell shrieked around the courtyard, signaling that lunch break was over and it was time to return to classes. Seiya let go of Bunny’s hand as the boy rolled his eyes, “This isn’t over.” he said before leaving them and walking with his buddies to the opposite side of the building.
Bunny felt a tap on her shoulder and she turned around to see Kaya, “Here!” she said, “I got you a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I think you’ll like this much better.”
Bunny nodded and quickly unwrapped the food and took a big bite out of it. “Wow!” she screamed in delight.
Kaya smiled, “Do you like it?”
Bunny nodded profusely, “Yes, very much so! It’s so sweet but then so creamy…” she said loving every bite she took.
Seiya smirked at her causing his dimples to show. “It’s time to go ladies. We don’t want to be late to our classes.”
Bunny looked over towards him and blushed as her mouth was now full with the food, her cheeks puffed out. She felt embarrassed but quickly nodded as Kaya took her hand. “Okay Seiya, we will meet you outside of the gates at the last bell and class, okay?”
Seiya nodded as the two girls took off towards the same home-room class. Bunny finally finished her bite and as she made her way up the stairs, she looked out the window and saw Seiya. She saw him talking to a girl who was rather pretty and it pained her to watch. She wanted to stop but Kaya tugged at her and pulled her into the room just as the late bell rang.
Bunny sat in her desk, rubbing her feet together and then her hands, worried. Who was that girl he was talking to? He had allowed himself to be late so that he could talk to her? She needed to find out who that girl was and what she meant to Seiya. She couldn’t stand the idea of not winning his heart. Bunny reached up and pushed the headband closely to her head, pulling her pink hair to the front of her chest. Looking out of the class room window to the now empty court yard, she was left to wonder.