The Black Hare
In the month of March, 1912 in the small mining town of Dysart, Scotland, there occurred an event so strange, so terrible that all records of it were destroyed. Or so it was thought, until the unlikely discovery of a photograph.
Could 'The Black Hare' be real?
It began on the 1st of March, 1912, when the villagers of Dysart awoke to discover an ornately written scroll nailed onto the town cross. It advised the towns mothers and fathers to bring their children to the cross the following morning for a day of frivolity and delight with 'The Black Hare', lest they regret it.
The next morning, curious parents arrived with their children only to discover the so-called Black Hare awaiting them with a startling and uncanny visage. Standing 7 feet tall, painted black with yellow polka dots and a collar adorned with a red and green bow-tie, the figure appeared to be of wooden construction and yet it moved of its own accord, presumably with the aid of an actor hidden inside.
The Black Hare danced for the children with a peculiar and unnerving gait, its long limbs swinging and extending beyond their perceived length. It spoke and sang with a strange voice that possessed an unsettling and high pitched tone that only the children could hear.
The parents were bemused by the strange entertainer who refused any reward for his performance and soon vanished as mysteriously as he had arrived.
Not long before the town had returned to its ordinary routine, the first tragedy occurred. A child vanished without a trace, never to be found. As the months rolled by, others too would disappear, all of them children.
As the first anniversary of their strange visitor's appearance approached, a mother of one of the missing children had a disturbing revelation. Of those who had vanished, all of them were children who had not heeded the scroll's call to meet the Black Hare.
Fear spread through the town, so what when a second scroll was found nailed to the town cross days later, almost all of the town's children were delivered to the Black Hare.
Again they played but now the children were afraid, the high pitched voice that spoke to them no longer sang pretty songs or told sweet or amusing stories but instead whispered of sinister acts, of dark and terrible deeds that the terrified children dared not repeat to their parents for apparent fear of their lives.
A group of parents whose children were missing attempted a confrontation with the Black Hare. Upon their violent arrival it took off suddenly with an unnatural speed, its great legs striding quickly through the dense fields that surrounded the town, to the shock and horror of all that saw.
One month afterwards, the sole child who could not attend that day, bedridden with illness, vanished from their bedroom.
Determined to seek revenge, the townspeople planned for the third anniversary, keeping a watch over the town cross upon the allotted time the scroll would appear. They sought to catch the Black Hare once and for all and reveal the murderer inside, but it was not to be.
The company that had operated the mine and owned the townspeople's homes collapsed into bankruptcy. As the inhabitants were forced to leave, the company granted their one wish that the remaining buildings and town cross be razed to the ground so that the strange curse might be lifted once and for all.
Green pastures would soon replace any sign of where the town once stood just as folklore replaced any semblance of truth surrounding these strange events. Those who could remember spoke little of it, fearing any instigation that might bring about the Black Hare's return.
Long had the story been considered the stuff of legend until the discovery of a shocking photograph taken in March, 1912 in Dysart.
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