Dedicated to my hunny bunny,
Far beyond the edges of our known universe, further than any human telescope can see, a planet begins another lazy orbit around its two red suns.
This little planet situated in a relatively quiet sector of space, exists purely in a dimension parallel to our own.
With an abundance of fresh water and green vegetation, Burran is home to many unique species.
As with any life sustaining planet and after centuries of evolution, one species gained the intelligence and self awareness to progress beyond the others.
Today, Burran is inhabited by curious little creatures whose technology and abilities have far outpaced our own human developments.
On our world, be would call them Rabbits, but the Bunnies of Burran are far more advanced than our fluffy friends could ever be.
In this dimension, evolution has blessed them with super intelligence, telekinesis and a very special form of travel.
These small creatures have the ability to hop over vast distances, whether on land, over sea or through space itself.
As naturally curious explorers, they have mapped every inch of their world and most of the solar system they call home.
Our story revolves around one bunny in particular. Born and raised on the northern plains, she was one of the youngest bunnies to master long distance hopping.
As she reached her 5th cycle of life (roughly 18 years old in human terms) she began to push her abilities further and further. It’s worth knowing that time on Burran passes differently on the surface, so most of the inhabitants mature and then set off exploring space and foreign worlds to avoid aging too quickly.
With each solar pass, Cassandra hopped further and further breaking all previous records. On the 48th solar pass of the 5th cycle she attempted her biggest and furthest jump yet.
With a run and a mighty hop she left her world once more. Her speed increasing, she found space changing, finally bending into a tunnel of light before her.
Being curious (as all bunnies are) she eagerly set about exploring this new phenomenon. But as she entered she was dragged head first through the universal void, passing from her dimension to ours in mighty flash.
As she emerged on our side she fell through space disorientated and spinning wildly out of control. In the corner of her eye she saw a blue marble approaching, its size ever increasing as her distance closed with the alien world.
Curling up into a ball she fell through the atmosphere before finally slowing and coming to rest on land.
Unsure of her location she rested for a moment in the long grass before deciding to explore her surroundings.
She continued east admiring the planet’s curious blue sky. It was decorated with a single yellow sun and fluffy white puffs of water vapour passing by at ease on the wind. Wherever she was, she knew none of her race had ever explored a world even remotely like this one.
It wasn’t long before Cassandra came across the local population. Unsure of how they would react to her if she made her presence known, she shifted her form to that of a stone statue hoping to observe them in peace (or protect herself from danger).
They were a strange species, she thought to herself. Standing and walking on two legs was such a curious sight to behold. She easily deciphered their simple language and began listening in earnest.
Of all the various mundane conversations overheard, she quickly figured out that she had landed in a place of learning, something her new two legged friends called a college.
Some made reference to another place called a library, which Cassandra concluded must be some sort of knowledge archive.
When no one was looking, Cassandra shifted back and hurried along seeking out the library. After some exploration and near misses she finally found it. Its sheer size towered above her small body.
The sunlight began to fade as Cassandra snuck her way inside. As night descended, Casandra soon had the place to herself and the chance to research this strange new world.
Earth they called it. A mostly water covered world in orbit around a single star. Earth was at least 5 times the size of her home planet Burran and twice as large as any of the other known planets she had seen.
Looking at maps of stars and various astronomical charts in the library, she realised the truth of her predicament. She was very, very far from home and the gravity of this world made it difficult to hop any great distance. In short, she was stuck.
Maybe they will come and rescue me she thought. Surely somebunny would have seen the light tunnel? Maybe her kind were on their way right now to rescue her.
Rescue or not, Cassandra knew she would have to learn to survive here among the humans.
She couldn’t stay hidden while still in her bunny form so with great effort she shifted taking on the guise of a young human female of roughly 18 years.
Being so far from the ground was a shock at first, but her vertigo soon subsided. Walking on two legs was a different matter entirely, with her first step promptly landing her face first on the floor.
She practiced for the remainder of the night and pretty soon got the hang of it. Not as easy as it looks she thought.
In human form and with whatever knowledge she could pick up from the library, Cassandra bunny tried her best to live among the humans. Months past as she awaited rescue but as time went on her hopes faded.
She got a job in a local shop to collect the special paper humans oddly placed value in and found herself some warm lodgings in a town called Maynooth. She figured it made sense to stay near where she landed in the now distant hope of rescue.
One late night on February 14th, Cassandra was making her way home from a friends house. Bunnies, being social creatures never found it hard to make friends, regardless of species.
On her way she noticed a shy figure standing outside one of the many student apartments. He was wearing just a t-shirt and jeans as she glanced in his direction. The night air was cold and Cassandra being the ever curious bunny called out to him. "Are you not cold?"
Little did Cassandra know what those words would begin. The pair chatted into the small hours of the night, until the t-shirt was swapped for something warmer. Finally around 4am in the morning, Nigel walked Cassandra back to her house and said good night.
Over the coming weeks the two spent as much time as possible together. They had become truly inseparable. Cassandra soon moved in with Nigel and the weeks blurred into months.
Cassandra eventually forgot about being rescued and as time passed her powers weakened. She knew if she stayed much longer she would lose them for good so she had to make a choice. Confiding in Nigel she explained her origins, her past and everything up to this moment. It was a fantastic story, that if told by anyone else would be considered the greatest work of Science Fiction.
When she was done, silence fell as everything was considered. Deep in thought for a moment, Nigel wrapped his arms around her and with three small words, her future was decided.
"I love you"
The lights in the room dimmed as a force pushed the two apart. Cassandra’s original form glowed as human and bunny merged into one. Her little bunny heart grew, taking pride of place in her new form. Once the transformation was complete, she fell forwards into Nigels waiting arms.
With her powers now gone, Cassandra could no longer shift back to her Bunny self and hopping as a human was just impractical. Still she was not sad, for in her mind she had traded them for something even greater.
A year went by as the pair moved from Maynooth to a larger town in the midlands called Mullingar. In that one year their relationship raced forward. Cassandra, or Cassie as she liked to be called now, was soon expecting their first child. They got married, as is the custom on Earth and soon after baby Ryan was born.
As each year goes by, they remember back to that fateful night when they met. However unlikely it was, they couldn’t be happier together.