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Episode 9 · 4 weeks ago

The Bunny Man

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

On July 4th, 1997, two college students took a drive up into the mountains to watch the fireworks show. Things took a turn for the worst when they crossed paths with an axe murderer dressed in a bunny costume.

When the witching hour draws near, shewill whisper in your ear. Nightmares do come true. This is a horror fiction, podcast featuring stories that will shockdisturb and dismay your listening to the dark, lady podcast, hello, Darling. It's me the dark, ladywelcome to the Horse Show. Do you remember what it's like to be young andin love? All you want to do is be together, but there's always somethingtrying to tear you apart. No, not figuratively, I'm talking aboutsomething literally ripping open your stomach and spilling your guts in frontof your man and you both were having such a good time too. It's embarrassing,but these things happen. Besides, how else are you going to know that you twoare meant to be together? Is there really nothing? He wouldn't do to keepyou safe when you're both trapped like rats? Will he throw himself at themonster to protect you? Will he die screaming so that you can get a twominute head start now? That's true love! Let me tell youa story about two college students from sunny side, California, Kyle andChelsea on July. Fourth, nineteen. Ninety seven, these lovers took a driveup into the mountains to get a better view of the firework show. Everythingwould have been fine if they didn't ignore that no trespassing sign this is the bunny man. Tonight is the third anniversary of thegrizzly murders of two local high school students, Matthew, Battell andJennie de la Cruz, ages, fifteen and sixteen the victim's throats wereslashed ear to ear before their bodies were thrown off a cliff on star Gay'sHill police say my name is Chelsea Tran, I'm nineteenyears old and I go to Sunnyside University, I'm studying to become ascience teacher. I work part time at honey bee, an ice cream, parlordowntown it's Friday night and it's a public holiday. The shop must beswarming with customers and all hands on deck kind of situation, but I waslucky that amy agreed to cover my shift. I had to make it up to her later. Ireally needed the night off. I took my red nineteen. NinetyVolkswagon Beetle to the car wash and spread a little of my perfume on thefront passenger seat. Then I put on some red, lipstick and smoothed out thewrinkles on my dress before driving to...

...the university dormitory. I looked outof the window and smiled at the tall blond gay sitting on a stone bench. Hewas wearing a blue, Hodie and khaki shorts Kyle. It's me get in Hi Chelsea. How are you I'm good? Howare you God good thanks for picking me up. Ihope it wasn't too much trouble. It's no trouble at all. This is KyleCampbell Age. Twenty one he's from Sydney, Australia. He came to the USabout eight months ago to study biology. We had the same chemistry classtogether. Kyle was a really nice guy. He was adventurous, easy going and had a good sense ofhumor. Last week I finally found the nerves to ask him out on a date, and hesaid yes do you need some money for fuel? No,it's all right. My tank is still full. So is this your first time celebratingthe Fourth of July? Yes, I can't wait to see the fire works. Are we going tothe pier? Maybe we can get some ice cream? I was thinking we should go to starGay's hill where's, Star Gay's Hill. You've never been. I don't think so. Oh it's a mountainarea. In the north side of the city, there's a lot of hiking trails and campsites. We can get a better view of the fireworks up there. We slowly ascended the mountain on mybeetle. It was a long winding path to the top. All the camp sites were packedwith Arvis and pickup trucks. Every one was dressed in shorts and sun dressespeople were crowded around barbecue pits and picnic tables. Teenagers weresneaking off on their own. Parents were too busy smoking and drinking to noticethat their children were playing way too close to the road. I can't see anyparking me either. Watch you up for that little boy, yeah. I see him abouthalf way up the mountain. I went off the main road and turned left on to adirt path. I drove about twenty feet and stopped the car. When I saw a looserusty chain hanging in the middle of the road. The chain was connected to atree trunk on the left side of the path and a wooden, no trespassing sign onthe right. Hey. Where are you going? Don't worry I'll,be right back beyond the chain was a narrow, dirtpath that cut through the dark forest Pine Cedar and Black Oak trees toweredover my head. Some of these trees had been here for hundreds of years. Thiswas the only part of Stargate hill that remained wild and untouched by man. I walked over to the no trespassingsign and picked at the padlock. With my hair pin a few minutes later, the lockclicked open. I drag the chain and padlock to the other side of the roadclearing the path. Then I went back to...

...the car. Are you ready? Are we going inthere? Yes, here's the plan, there's a small clearing at the end ofthis road. It has. The nicest view of the city will stay there for about anhour and watch the fireworks, but that sign says no trespassing and the roadlooks very narrow. Cherry can make it through just fine, Sherry, Yeah Cherry.That's what I named to my car she's small enough to get through and beforewe leave I'll put the chain back on the sign. That way. No one will ever knowwe were in there. Are you sure this is safe? It can get a little spooky atnight, but no one will bother us. I don't know. Are you scared? Of course not. Do you trust me? Okay, Itrust you. We pulled forward. The trees were so tall and so lush thathardly any sunlight was able to reach the road. It was a bumpy ride, but Iknew that it would be worth it. I drove slowly and carefully across the holesand fallen tree branches on the dirt path. As I was navigating around aboulder about the size of a baby elephant, I felt kyle jump out of hisseat. What was that? What was? But I thought I saw sorry, never mind, don't worry we'realmost there. It was a tight fit, but I managed to squeeze past the boulder.That's my girl, I said patting the top of my dashboard affectionately. A fewmoments later we reached a wooden bridge to the right of the bridge was agreat waterfall. We rolled up the windows and turn on the windshieldwipers as cold icy water, cascaded from the mountain side and pelted the roofof my car, the bridge, creaked and groaned. As Cherry carried US across, Itried not to smile as kyle put his hands on his lap and fidgeted hisfingers nervously. I put my hand over his hand. Are you, okay, yeah yeah, I'mfine, the path curved right on a downwardslope at the end of the road was a small grassy clearing the locals calleddead man's bluff. We made it just in time the sun was setting over the city,painting the sky, bright, pink and red. I parked about ten feet from the edgeand watched kyle gaze out into the horizon. You can see the whole city from up here.Yeah see those buildings down there where there on the right. The buildings that have red bricks, oh, is that our university Yep and rightover there is ever shade park to your left. Is the sunny side mall and there's the peer look? It's starting! It's beautiful! Thank you! Chelsea...

...yeah, don't mention it. I smiled at him. Kylewas different from the other guys. I dated you wouldn't believe what kind offreaks are out there, but kyle was kind and considerate. He had a good heart. Kyle started to move his hand, buthesitated he looked away for a moment. He seemedunsure, I put my hand over his hand and brought back his gaze Kyle. It's okay, the last of thefireworks ignited the night sky. I closed my eyes as we kissed his lipswere soft and sweet. I was in heaven a few moments later, kyle suddenly pulled away. What's wrong. Someone is watching us what I looked at the rear view mirrorand saw a shadowy figure standing about twenty paces from the car. The man wasa giant. He was six may be seven foot tall witha stocky build. He wore a gray fur suit with two long bunny ears stitched onthe sides of his hood. There was a white paper machine mask over his eyes. Is that a Halloween costume? It's notHalloween, lock the doors the man in the rapid costume stared atus for several minutes before disappearing into the forest. What was that all about? I don't know Istarted the engine and put the car in reverse. I turned on my high beams andpeered through the trees. Nothing moved in the darkness. The strange man wasnowhere to be seen. Let's get out of here. We made our way up the hill. It was pitch black. I couldn't see more than six feet aheadof me, so I had to drive slowly kyle tapped his fingers on the arm rest. Ashe looked out of the window. He looked scared. It's probably some kid playing a prank. I wouldn't worry too much about it. Yeah yeah teenagers do stupid things all the timeI went to high school with this one. Kid named Jimmy Short Guy talked waytoo much. He was always playing jokes on people and getting into trouble.What kind of trouble like taking all the frogs from our science class andsetting them free in the cafeteria and putting vaseline in all the horns andTubas in band class? That's terrible, it is Jimmy, was crazyon Halloween night nineteen, ninety four, he dressed up as the grim reaper,and you know what he did. He went to the retirement home on twenty fifthstreet. He stood outside a dozen windows and waved his plastic scythe.He scared a bunch of senior citizens. No, yes, come on. It's true. Suddenly something struck. The back ofmy car shattering the rear window. A...

...gust of cold wind filled the cabin Islammed the brakes and jerked my head around my stomach twisted into knots. When Isaw a hatchet laying in the back seat. My eyes went wide when I looked up andsaw the bunny man standing ten paces behind us. What the Hell is round withyou. I screamed. I fell silent when the man lifted up his arms, revealing asharp wooden axe, the blade glinted against my rear headlights. There was no mistaking it now. He was trying to kill US Chelsea. We have to go. I turned the key, but the enginestalled no come on. What's wrong, it won't start the bunny man advanced towards the car,with the axe raised high. Above his head, we were trapped like rats. There was no way out Calsa, I'm trying. What do you want? Leave us alone, the bunny man smashed the rear driver'sside window with one blow he cackled maniacally as glass rain down our heads. I twisted the key in the ignitionfrantically again and again and again the engine stuttered, but would notturn over the bunny. Man took his time, taunting us and relishing in ourscreams. He circled our car slowly like a wolf. He pushed his face against my window.His eyes and nose were hidden with a paper. Mache mask shaped like a whiterabbit, his breath fogged the glass as heshowed me, his yellow rotten teeth. The bunny man pointed the axe at myhead and took a few practice swings against my window. I turned the key one last time. To my surprise, the engine started Islammed on the accelerator and sped off before the bunny man could land theblow. Are you? Okay? I'm fine! I'm okay are you I think so?Who was that? I don't know? I don't want to know we have to get out of here.I knew the road like the back of my hand, or at least I thought I did myhands trembled as I gripped the steering wheel. This was no longer aquiet and tranquil place. The land had become foreign and hostile. There wasdanger at every turn. Ah,...

I jumped when I heard a cackle echoingthrough the trees. Did you hear that ye? What I heard laughing he's here? I don't see anything but he's here,there's no way he would have caught up to us but watch the road we're going tobe O K, just watch the road kyle. I am so sorry we should have goneto the pier. Like you wanted. It's not your fault, you didn't, I didn't evensee it coming. There was a spike trap in the middle of the road. All four ofmy tires blew at once. I lost control of the car and crashed into a pine treeall of the air bags deployed, but it wasn't enough to soften the blow. My head knocked against the steeringwheel and I blacked out when I woke up. I was laying on theground outside of my car. My Car Horn was still ringing in myears, the trees danced back and forth. Theystretched around me like a cage. I tried to sit up, but I couldn't movemy body. There was a deep cut across the bridgeof my nose. I coughed when my own blood trickled down the back of my throat Kyle Kyle. He didn't answer me was he o Ka? Was He dead? I heard footsteps coming from the otherside of the car kyle. The bunny man stood over me with an axein his hand, his body had an awful putrid stench. He smelled like moulddirt and urine his dark hollow eyes. Pierced through the way eat rabbit mask.He looked more like a wolf than a man. Then he showed me his teeth. His yellowrotten teeth he grinned from ear to ear his mouth was big enough to eat mewhole. The next thing I knew the bunny man hadme by the hair and started pulling me across the road. I screamed and kickedas he dragged me towards the Trees O. let me go, it all happened so fast. Some one came sprinting across the roadand charged at the bunny man knocking him to the ground. I sat up and sawKyle on top of the man punching him and frantically trying to rustle the axeout of his hands. Chelsea run as Kyle was distracted, thebunny man let go of the axe. Then he pulled a butcher's knife hiddenunder his sleeve and stabbed Kyle in his right. Shoulder...

Kyle fell to the ground. The bunny manwatched Kyle, scream and writhe for a few moments before picking up the axe.He did. A few practice swings as kyle tried to crawl away the bunny manraised the axe over Kyle's head before he could bring it down. I jumped on hisback and was on him like a cat. I scratched at the Bunny Man's face andtried to rip off his hood. It felt like his body was made out of stone. Hisarms were as thick as trees. We struggled for a few moments before hethrew me down like a rag doll. The bunny man grabbed me by the hair andforced me to look up and expose my neck. My eyes went wide ass. He bared histeeth and pushed the axe. Under my chin, the blade was sharp and cold his armtensed as he prepared to slice my throat open. I heard a sharp whack. The bunny mansuddenly dropped the axe and fell to the ground unconscious. I turned aroundand saw kyle standing there with a large rock in his hand. He dropped theRock and fell to his knees. Coughing. Oh my God, Kyle, I'm all right. I am O K I crawledover to him and put my hands on his face. He looked Pale. The knife wasstill sticking out of his shoulder. He was losing a lot of blood. Wait here M.Where are you going? I glanced over at the bunny man. He was still slumpedover on the ground. He looked like road kill. I picked up a tree branch on theside of the road and walked over to him. Slowly. I looked over my shoulder andsaw kyle shaking his head. No Kyle's eyes went wide when I poked the bunnyman with the tree branch. The bunny man didn't move. I poked him again harder.This time still nothing. I swiftly kicked the man on the leg and jumpedback ready to smack him in the face with the stick, but the buddy manremained unconscious. I ran back to the car and nearly fainted. When I saw thewreck, the hood was completely flattened against the tree. It was amiracle that Kyle and I survived the crash. I moved quickly. I went to thefront passenger side and opened the glove compartment. I rummage through acluster of registration papers, pamphlets and receipts. Eventually, Ifound a small bottle of pepper spray and stuffed it in the pocket of my RedCardigan sweater. I went to the back and popped the trunk. I grabbed a firstaid kit and a flash light. Then I ran back to kyle three two one Haahn it I pulled out the knife and waited forKyle to stop screaming. Then I poured some peroxide on hisshoulder and dress the wound with some...

...bandages, that's the best I can do here. Let me help you up O put your arm over me. Can you walk, I think so we're not far from the main road. It will take us about fifteen or twentyminutes to get there. We just have to keep following the path: Hey what's wrong, Kyle. Why did youstop? Where did he go? I turned around andsaw that the bunny man was no longer laying on the side of the road he was gone and so was his axe. Chelsea Chelsea Chelsea. What what we're going to getout of this? We just have to keep going you're right. Let's go. We followed the path with nothing but asmall flashlight to guide us. My eyes, shifted, left and rightforwards and backwards. I had a feeling that the bunny man wasn't finished withus. He wouldn't let us go so easily. It wasonly a matter of time before he showed himself again. The night was endless.The trees seemed to go on for ever the shadows consumed us, blinding US distorting our senses. We were in the belly of the beast. What is that it's the waterfall come on.I see the bridge. Oh my God, Kyle. We were half way across the bridge whenKyle collapsed, Jele yeah. What is it? I'm only slowingyou down. You have to go on without me. No, I am not leaving you kyle. Please get up we're so close God. I felt a chill creep up my spine. Therewas some one behind us. I turned around and shined my flash light towards theend of the bridge. The bunny man stood there like a statue with an axe in hishand, he charged at US swinging his axe leftand right wildly. Oh, oh, I used all of my strength to get kyleback on his feet. We started to run,...

...but it was too late. The bunny manslammed into us like a truck knocking us to the ground. The bunny man did not hesitate thistime he grinned and licked his lips. As I lay helpless at his feet. He raisedthe axe to the sky and swung it down on my head, I rolled over just in time dodging theblow the axe struck, the deck just inches from my head. It cut deep intothe wooden board. The bunny man growled and said something unintelligible as hestruggled to pull the axe out of the bridge. Kyle was faced down on theground. He was out cold before I had a chance to get up and go to him. Thebunny man ripped the axe out of the wood and advanced towards me. I crawledbackwards until I felt the wooden railing press against my back. Thebunny man lifted the axe over his shoulder as he towered over me. Where are you doing this to us? Kyle woke up when he heard my screams,he forced himself to get up and ran towards the bunny man knocking him overthe railing. The bunny man fell into the water head.First, there was a big splash. I grabbed the flashlight and shined itdown the edge. He was nowhere to be found. Where is he? Where is he ah Ha Kyle? Did I get him yeah you did you got him good, Hey? No, no, no! You can't fall asleep. Come on get up, that's it there. You Go! Oh we're! Almost there. We walked off thebridge and continued down the road. A sharp gust of wind cut through theforest. The tree tops swayed back and forth violently their twigs snappinglike bone. I recognized the large boulder laying in the middle of theroad as we passed the boulder. I saw a flicker of light in the distance itpassed through the darkness like a shooting star. It was a car. The mainroad was about forty feet away. Kyle, look it's the main road. Can you see it Ha Karle was barely conscious. His hoodieand bandages were completely soaked in blood. If he didn't see a doctor soonhe would die come on cal. We have to go, keep moving. We dragged our feet across the dirtpath. Kyle was fading fast, the closer we came to leaving the forest theheavier he leaned on my shoulder. The weight on my shoulders was imbear able,but I wouldn't leave him not even for a...

...second hey stop help us. I screamed atthe top of my lungs and waved my flashlight in the air trying to flagdown a car they all passed by without slowing down. They couldn't see or hearus, because we were still too deep in the woods we needed to get closer tothe main road you're doing great kyle we're almost home free. Do you see the cars look at the cars?Kyle? Don't fall asleep, just look at the cars. This is probably the worst hate you'veever had. I wouldn't blame you if you never wantedto see me again, but I'll get you out of this cow. I promise just don't giveup. I almost fell to my knees and criedwhen I saw the no trespassing sign up ahead. We only had to walk twenty morepaces and then we would be out of this God. Forsaken forest. The nightmare wasnearly over. I took a deep breath and adjusted Kyle's arm over my shoulder. Itook a moment to whisper a few more encouraging things in Kyle's ear. It's okay, we're almost there we're almost I heard a twig snap on the ground to myright before I could react. I was hanging five feet in the air choking todeath. The bunny man had me by the throat Ilooked down and saw a white rabbit mask behind the mask, where the eyes ofdeath, black, cold and unfeeling, the bunny man bared his yellow rotten teeth,as he tightened his grip around my neck. He snickered, as I kicked my feet anddug my nails into his arm. I couldn't hurt him. I felt myself growweaker and weaker by the second. My eyes rolled to the back of my head. Theworld was spinning. I was starting to fade away. My arms went limp and fellto my sides, just as I was about to go unconscious my right hand grazed mypocket, and I remembered what was in there. As the bunny man laughed Ireached into my pocket and pulled out a bottle of Mace. I aimed it at his faceand squeezed the red button, sending a stream of pepper spray down his throat, the bunny man's eyes widened insurprise. He uttered a gurgled cry and let go of my neck. I fell to the ground and crawledbackwards, gasping for air, the bunny man clawed at his throat and ran backinto the forest howling in pain. When I caught my breath, I got up andran to kyle. He was faced down on the ground. Kyle wake up, he wasn't moving. I rolled him on hisback and pressed my ear against his chest. I listened carefully. His heartwas still beating. He was still alive.

I slapped him across the face and shookhim kyle please get up, it was no use, he wouldn't wake up. I had to carry him the rest of the way. Igrabbed him by the ankles and started tugging his body along the dirt path.Come on Kyle, my lungs felt like they were about toburst. My legs were slow and heavy. Every stepI took was agony. I looked over my shoulder and saw another car drivethrough the main road it. I willed myself to keep going inch byinch. I dragged kyle down the road fifteen more paces. Please go ten more pieces, five more pieces. We were a few feet away from the notrespassing sign when I heard an ear piercing howl cut through the forest.The sound was so terrible that it sent me reeling. I lost my balance and fellon my back. When I got back on my feet, I saw a tall shadow in the middle ofthe road about twenty paces from us. The bunny man had returned with avengeance. He sprinted down the road towards us with an axe, a a I put my hands under Kyle's arms andstarted dragging him backwards. Go wake up he's coming. I used what was left ofmy strength to drag kyle a few more feet, but it was hopeless withinseconds. The bunny men had already caught up to us. Hahahah stood over USlaughing like a Hyena, thick saliva trickled from his rancidmouth as he cackled and brandished his axe. When he raised the axe over his head, Iknew that it was all over. I held kyle tightly closed my eyes andscreamed. I waited a few moments, but nothing happened. I opened my eyesand saw the bunny man standing there calmly. He dropped his axe and walked to thetree with a metal chain wrapped around its trunk. I stared at the bunny man dumbfounded. He picked up the chain and dragged itto the other side of the road. Then he wrapped the chain around the notrespassing sign and locked it in place. The chain dangled only inches from ourfeet.

I jumped when the bunny man stopped tobend down and pick up his axe. He locked eyes with me one last timebefore disappearing into the forest. Carlin Chelsea managed to crawl out ofthose woods by the skin on their teeth. They made it to the main road and flagdown an R V and inside that RV was a very nicecouple from Arizona, Mister and Missus. Taylor were more than happy to drivethose crazy kids to the closest hospital. The moral of the story is, ifyou want to have a romantic evening in a creepy forest with your lover, don't Wello, that's all for to night darlinguntil next time this was the dark. Lady PODCAST T.

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