“Is there something wrong with Mumu these days?”, opined Mayank with concern.

“Why do you think so?”, asked Meenakshi, his wife.

Mrunmayi aka Mumu was Meenakshi and Mayank’s seven-year-old daughter.

“I have heard her talking to that new stuffed toy. Don’t you think its name ‘Smirking Bunny’ is uncanny?”

“That’s what all the children her age do, Mayank, especially the children who don’t have a sibling or a pet. As for Smirking Bunny, it’s a rage these days amongst the girls her age.”

“But there is something strange about it”, said Mayank shrouded in doubt.

The Bunny kept inside the tent house, smirked. But no one noticed it. Not even Mumu as she had ventured out of the tent house.

“Amma, I want one dupatta”, said Mumu as she emerged out of her bedroom.

“For what bachcha?”, checked Meenakshi.

“I want to be Bunny’s Amma and take him to school”, she replied.

Meenakshi smiled and went to the bedroom.

“Why do you need dupatta?” enquired Mayank.

“Bunny told me that Amma wears dupatta to school for parent-teacher meetings. Isn’t it?  And I am Bunny’s Amma. So I want it”, explained Mumu innocently.

“Bunny told you? He speaks to you?”

“Yes Appa”, replied the child confidently.

“But that’s a stuffed toy”

“Mayank, don’t be a spoilsport”, chastised Meenakshi as she handed a red dupatta to Mumu.

Mumu rushed inside the bedroom happily, sprinting all the way across the living room. Mayank grew suspicious but checking at Meenakshi who was staring at him with her eyes wide open, lips pursed and hands on her waist, he decided to can his doubt. He then continued reading the newspaper.

Seeing Mayank getting back to the newspaper, Meenakshi turned to the kitchen. It was Sunday and she wanted to cook a special surprise meal.

The time glided away smoothly and it was lunchtime.

“Mumu, Mayank lunchtime. There’s a surprise”, called out Meenakshi.

Bunny, sitting pretty inside the tent, smirked again.

Mayank who was snoring by that time, opened his groggy eyes and dragged himself out from the couch. Rubbing his eyes, he said, “Where is Mumu?”

“She is still in her room”, informed Meenakshi. “Madam is busy attending the parent’s teacher meeting for Bunny. Mayank, please go and get her. I will lay the table for lunch in the meantime”

Mayank turned lazily towards Mumu’s bedroom, calling her out.

“Mumu Madam… Mumu darling… done with playing? Lunchtime now” he said in most persuading voice. It was met with no response. Mayank grew unsure. He started calling out Mumu frantically.

“Mumu, don’t hide, come out. Mumu, where are you? Mumu…”, he called out with his voice growing louder and stern.

“Check-in her tent. She loves to hide there”, informed Meenakshi.

After a moment of silence, Meenakshi heard a scream.

“Mumu….”

Not knowing what awaited her, Meenakshi rushed to Mumu’s bedroom.

With tent toppled over and lying upside down, Mayank sitting on the floor shattered, there lay Mumu, listless with a red dupatta around her neck and with froth from her mouth. One end of dupatta was snapped between Bunny’s hand and leg. While Mayank sat there sobbing and Meenakshi kneeling down in distress, Bunny smirked again!


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26 Comments

Shilpa Garg · April 22, 2020 at 8:55 am

Gosh! That’s dark and scary!!
You’ve outdone yourself this time, with this story! Loved the vivid imagery it created and the climax which was so unexpected!! Way to go, Anagha!

Matheikal · April 22, 2020 at 9:00 am

Tragic.

Unishta · April 22, 2020 at 10:04 am

Gruesome. Reminded me of an awful movie I once sw. Can’t remember the name but it was a harmless toy who was pure evil….

Simon · April 22, 2020 at 10:43 am

Goosebumps! Enjoyed it… Fantastic writing Anagha…Have a beautiful day 💐✨

Dashy · April 22, 2020 at 11:50 am

Had a feeling this was going to be sinister. Well narrated. Enjoyed the read, Anagha 😀

Balaka · April 22, 2020 at 12:44 pm

That was dark, very dark. My best friend’s name is Mumu.
On a different note, when I was a kid, there was a boy in our neighbourhood, he was playing with his elder brother. They were imitating some fight scene from some Hindi movie. In that scene the hero had wrapped a dupatta around the villain and done something. The brothers did that and in the process the younger one choked to death. That story still haunts me. This story took me back to that one.

Ranjini · April 22, 2020 at 1:20 pm

Just what I was expecting. Nevertheless scary. I expected it because there’s a Bengali short film. It isn’t a toy but how we make kids eat saying the bhoot will get them if they don’t. In the short film, they scare the child and finally they get the child’s body half eaten by the bhoot. It’s gruesome! 😳

Shweta Suresh · April 22, 2020 at 3:08 pm

That was dark. I hope that Mumu could be saved. I’ll never look at smirking bunnies the samw way again. Great story! 🙂

bloggeray · April 22, 2020 at 4:03 pm

Horrifying. I had a feeling that this wasn’t going to end well. Fantastic gradual build-up of tension here. 👏👏

Vaishali Khot · April 22, 2020 at 4:11 pm

Horrific ,didn’t imagine this

Dr. Jyoti Arora · April 22, 2020 at 4:29 pm

That was Scary. a new twist in your Stories Anagha!! well narrated

Nisha · April 22, 2020 at 4:54 pm

Oh my God! I didn’t expect this at all. Bunnies are suppose to be cute and huggable.. this one.. ughh!!

Madhu Bindra · April 22, 2020 at 4:57 pm

That was scary. But I was expecting it. You write well.

soniadogra · April 22, 2020 at 4:58 pm

Spooky and tragic.

jaya1966 · April 22, 2020 at 5:34 pm

That was a story that began like a fairy tale and had a terrifying ending. Simply great.

Meena · April 22, 2020 at 5:34 pm

Oh God! What a storyteller you are! Paapa mumu!

Keith's Ramblings · April 22, 2020 at 5:57 pm

Wow this was a bit grim. Really liked it though!

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Srivalli · April 22, 2020 at 6:20 pm

Brr!! Scary dolls, these are. Not buying any of them.

Suchita · April 22, 2020 at 7:53 pm

Made me think of all these social media challenges like the blue whale, etc. that become a rage with children and lead to such unfortunate incidents. Spooky *shivers*

purbajune · April 22, 2020 at 9:05 pm

Loved the thrill and suspense that you created! A great read.

Pradeep · April 22, 2020 at 10:22 pm

O, so tragic. … Moral of the story – have an eye on kids when they play.

TheDreamGirlWrites · April 23, 2020 at 1:15 am

Woooah did not see that coming!

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alpanadeo · April 23, 2020 at 1:52 am

Goosebumps Anagha. Why Mumu’s life and pretend play had to end like this?

Ira Mishra · April 23, 2020 at 4:30 am

My God such a tragic end… Gave me goosebumps!! Scary… Don’t know what dream I will see now… In the night!!

msjadeli · April 23, 2020 at 10:20 am

Time for the smirking bunny to be ripped to shreds and burned. I hope Mumu is just stunned!

Nutan Parekh · April 29, 2020 at 11:21 am

It’s so scary…. I love soft toys but now onwards whenever I have soft toys nearby me it made me remind of this bunny…

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