NEXT CENTURY tells the same story set in three different eras and locales: 1799 (London), 1999 (Midwest America), and 2099 (the Moon). In each story, a young woman (Claire) seeks vengeance against her father, who has been abusing her mother for years. In each era, Claire is raped by thugs, becomes pregnant, and has to survive in society as a single mother who sent an innocent man to jail.
This short story – Down the Rabbit Hole, A Mystical Adventure – is an enchanting tale with a message for all ages, that real magic is not an illusion but something we all possess.
“You know what the issue is with this world? Everyone wants some magical solution to their problem, and everyone refuses to believe in magic.” —Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)
The title of this story, “down the rabbit hole,” is of course from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865), a wonderful children’s story by Lewis Carroll in which a charming young girl named Alice falls down a rabbit hole into a strange, dreamlike world.
“It was much pleasanter at home,” thought poor Alice, “when one wasn’t always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and rabbits. I almost wish I hadn’t gone down the rabbit hole—and yet—and yet…”
“Down the rabbit hole” has become a term used for referring to a situation that is strange, confusing, or illogical, sometimes hard to escape from, often mystical or magical, and, in this story, an encounter from which one will emerge with increased knowledge, widened horizons, enriched imagination, and a sense of greatly enlarged probabilities.
In Carroll’s sequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Through the Looking Glass (1871) – near the end of her encounter with the White Queen, Alice protests that “one can’t believe impossible things.” The White Queen famously retorts, “I daresay you haven’t had much practice. When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
Unlike the White Queen, I do not advocate believing impossible things. But it is much to be hoped that this short story and the anthology that follows it will encourage the reader to consider all the probabilities and therefore believe at least one anomalous thing—perhaps even “before breakfast.”
Alice: “This is impossible.” The Mad Hatter: “Only if you believe it is…” As enlightening as it is richly entertaining, this book is a fun-filled, magical exploration for anyone and everyone. 2018 Edition Short Story, A Kindle Unlimited Book. Includes a bonus Anthology Section, Kindle e-reader page count 88 (estimated, actual count varies depending on the reading device used).