Peeps in the wild — a cautionary tale

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Once upon a time, there was a magical land called the “Mojave Awesome Desert” — MAD for short.

In this desert lived a unique people called “Peeps.” Peeps came in many shapes, Chicked-dy Chicks, Wascally Wabbits and a variety of other beings, depending on the season — Plump Punkins’, Ghastly Ghosts and Christmas Trees. They lived faithfully with each other.

For some reason, the Chicks and the Wabbits became enemies. No one knows quite why, but they simply quit getting along in their foolish hearts. They were all Peeps, different on the outside, but inside, the same.

The Wabbits were the troublemakers. They forced the Chicks to always be on lookout. “Go away,” the Chicks said to the world.

The Chicks on lookout.

The Chicks on lookout.

One day the Wascally Wabbits tried to sneak up on the Chicks’ castle. They were against the wall even.

The Wabbits against the wall.

The Wabbits against the wall.

Instead of jumping into battle, the Chicks invited the Wabbits to round-table harmony peace talks — just like in Camelot. “Stay awhile,” they asked the Wabbits.

The Chicks and the Wabbits in round-table harmony peace talks.

The Chicks and the Wabbits in round-table harmony peace talks.

The Wabbits could see they were outnumbered, but decided they were in the line of fire and it was dead or alive. As one, the Wabbits said, “I’ll be all right without you.”

In their multi-coloured uniforms, the Chicks were splendid to behold as only the young were called to the front lines.

The young Chicks were called to the front lines.

The young Chicks were called to the front lines.

The battle came. Many marshmallow-y yummies fell in the sand, broken, battered — their castles burning.

Broken and battered, marshmallow-y yummies.

Broken and battered, marshmallow-y yummies.

After the fall, the Wabbits tried to escape and keep on runnin’ but they were caught on the fence guarding the Chicks’ castle.

The Wabbits were caught on the fence.

The Wabbits were caught on the fence.

Mother Earth, MAD division, decided enough was enough. “The party’s over,” she said and ask Father Wind to just take care of business. “A change is going to come,” he blew.

Most of the Peeps, Wascally Wabbits and Chicked-dy Chicks, flew through air and landed in a nearby cactus. “Mother, Father,” they cried.

Most of the Peeps landed in a nearby cactus.

Most of the Peeps landed in a nearby cactus.

A couple of the colourful critters escaped the carnage. Bound together by the wounds of war and the winds of march they walked off into the sunset with open arms to a brand new start.

Two Peeps walked off into the sunset.

Two Peeps walked off into the sunset.

“Don’t stop believin’” they said.

(A nod to Journey of old and Steve Perry. How many song titles can you recognize?)

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