Fourteen Isn't All It's Cracked Up to Be
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Today was almost exactly the same as yesterday. Supposedly though, today was "special," since Alice was turning fourteen. Alice didn't feel any different, yet she was sure she would be met with new responsibilities, new duties, new ways to describe *boring*.
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Fourteen Isn't All It's Cracked Up to Be

by TeamShadowWind

Today was almost exactly the same as yesterday. Supposedly though, today was "special," since Alice was turning fourteen.

Alice didn't feel any different, yet she was sure she would be met with new responsibilities, new duties, new ways to describe *boring*.

The birthday girl in question, was sitting alone at a table at the edge of her lawn, contemplating why her birthday wasn't happy. Why *she* wasn't happy.

The main reason, or reasons, were running around, screeching and laughing, all over the tackily decorated lawn: the brats.

All of her friends were on one vacation or another, while she was stuck at home; it was just her luck that her birthday fell on Spring Break this year.

The only girl even remotely around her age was twelve, and she was making sure her three pesky younger brothers didn't kill the other guests. Alice sighed. She didn't even ask for this party.

Indeed, Alice was mulling this over at her worst party ever, when to her surprise, a fat rabbit ran up to her. "Why so glum, huh? It's your birthday, after all.

" Alice looked up to see if she had heard correctly. "Did you just speak?"

"Of course I did. All rabbits can speak, y'know."

"Can they? I'm fourteen now; I'm supposed to stop believing in fairy tales and magic and start being a grown-up."

The rabbit shook his head, tsking. "Fourteen sounds like it's no fun at all."

"It's not," Alice sighed.

The rabbit's ears perked up as he thought of something.

"Say, why don't I take you back to my home? There's lots of fun to be had there!" Alice glanced back at the unruly crowd of children her parents had invited over against her wishes.

Then, she turned back towards the rabbit, her decision made. "Sure, why not?"

"Follow me," he said, and took off into the underbrush. Alice struggled to chase after the creature, with it's speed and size allowing to traverse the dense environment easily.

Alice didn't even look behind her as the sounds of the party got further and further away. Then, the pair stopped in a clearing in front of a deep, foreboding hole.

"What are you waiting for? Jump in."

"Are you sure this is okay? I won't get hurt or anything?"

"When you jump in, you'll float down, like magic. Promise."

"Okay..." And jump Alice did.

***

The red and blue police lights illuminated the front lawn of Alice's residence as her parents stood worriedly in its front entrance, conversing with the officer man.

"We'll try our hardest to find your daughter," he assured them. "Now, was she doing anything that seemed out of the ordinary before she ran off?"

The mother replied with a unsure tone about her voice.

"Um, I'm not certain- I only saw it for a moment- but I think Alice was sitting at the edge of the lawn, all alone, even though it was her party."

"Anything else, ma'am?"

"Yes- I think she was talking to herself."

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