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Down the Rabbit Hole

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Madeline was a girl, a rich girl. She was richer than all the girls in Kansas. She owned a sixty acre land, twenty horses, a five-story and forty-seven room mansion, five dogs, three cats, and two hundred dresses. All of this was for Madeline McHatter. Her parents spoiled her rotten, and treated her like a kitten in a cardboard box in an abandoned alleyway. And nobody objected, especially not Madeline. Madeline in fact took advantage of it. She was a horrid girl who wanted nothing more than the world.

Madeline woke up one morning at eleven o’clock, as lazy as always, and her maid Roberta came in. “Good mornin’ Miss Madeline, here are your usual pancakes and freshly squeezed orange juice.”

“Thank you, Roberta,” says Madeline. Roberta sets down the tray on Madelines lap and then begins to walk out of the room.

“Oh and one more thing Miss,” Madeline turned her head. Roberta never had anything to tell her other than ‘Good mornin’. “Your mother would like to talk to you about something, it’s about Toto.”

“Thank you Roberta.” Madeline gets up and puts on her blue dress with the ruffled white trim and sleeves. This was Madeline’s favorite dress. It was blue with a white top, blue puffed up sleeves and white long sleeves underneath. She would always wear this dress with her white stockings and black flats. Then she would curl her hair and wear her black headband.

She went downstairs to find her mother sitting on the island in the middle of the kitchen. “Honey pie, we need to talk,” said Madeleine’s mother.

“What is it Mommy?” she said lifting up her dress slightly to sit on the stool.

“Sweetie you see, “ said her mother. “Toto got out, and um… we lost him Hon’.”

“WHAT?” screeched Madeline.

“We’re so sorry honey. We’ll get you a new dog right away. Do you want the same breed or a different one? I’ve heard about this one mix of a Labrador and a Poodle. They call it a Labradoodle…”

“NO, I DON’T WANT ANOTHER DOGGY, I WANT TOTO!!!” she screamed on the top of her lungs and stomped her way to the stables. “Where is Gus Gus?”

“Gus Gus is in stable seventeen Miss Madeline, would you like me to prepare the horse for you…”

“No, I’m riding bareback.” She jumps up onto the white horse and rode off into the hills, toward the forest. Once Madeline got to the forest she jumped off of the horse and started calling Toto’s name. “TOTO! COME BACK HERE YA RASCAL!”

Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha! What’cha gonna do now little doggie! Ha, ha, ha, ha,” Madeline heard a voice in the distance.

“TOTO!” the laughing stopped.

“Has anyone been looking for a dog?” shouted the voice, now obviously feminine.

“Yes! I have! That’s my dog Toto! Where are you?” Madeline pushed a tree branch out of her way, and there was the woman on the top of an empty, grassy hill. Holding her precious Toto upside-down by the hind legs. “TOTO!” The woman screeched with evil laughter.

She had dark red hair that was once tied in a bun but now messy and undone and filled with twigs. She wore a beautiful dress that was decorated with hearts and covered in dirt and leaves. She was laughing like a maniac.

“Oh, poor little Madeline lost her dog! Boo-hoo! Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha…”

“Give me my dog BACK!” screamed Madeline with a stomp of her foot.

“Oh,” the woman smirked at Madeline with amusement. “I don’t think so. Ah!, the woman shrieked.” Toto bit the woman and started running away. “Wretched animal!” she pressed her hand against the now red and swollen bite that was starting to turn blue. “At least I don’t need the dog, but you on the other hand. Ha! We’re going to have some fun!” She started laughing again and as she did lightning struck and thunder rumbled.

Madeline started to lean backwards, she was falling. No, not falling… sinking. The floor had begun to cave in. And not like normal, the ground was perfectly fine except for the fact that it was bending into a hole.

Suddenly a white rabbit jumped into the woman’s arms. She whispers, “Do your job, and don’t go running off when you are done, Rabbit.”

The rabbit jumps out of the woman’s arms and into the hole that was forming at Madeline’s feet. Madeline fell and as she fell the woman stood above her and said, “See you soon Madeline!”  

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Down the Rabbit Hole