During his out-of-cage time, Scooter came over to sniff us. He really wanted to hang out and he danced around our expen and did head shakes and binkies! This made Mom and Dad laugh - they were happy to see him so happy, but also still sad that he is obviously lonely and missing Ella. Miss Binks was not impressed though. She and Scooter have a shady past and she did NOT appreciate him hanging around our pen. In fact, at one point she had him pinned between the pen and the couch and gave him a good box until Mommy came to break it up. Then she sniffed the chunk of Scooter fur that landed in the pen and did a victory flop, obviously very pleased with herself.
So Scooter learned to stay away from her and only came up to where he could see me at the pen. "Hi Fluffy."
"Hi Scooter. How are you?"
"I'm doing okay. I'm pretty lonely though. It's nice to see other bunnies, even if Binky hates me."
"Awww, don't worry about her. She's just a tough gal. I am sorry you are lonely."
"I miss Ella so much. She was my sweet little girl. Everything I do just isn't as fun as it was when she was by my side. You are lucky to have Binky." Scooter smooshed his nose through the bars of the expen. "Yes, I am." I said. "I'll bet you miss Ella lots - she was a special little bunny. But she wouldn't want you to be sad. You will see her again one day, but until then, you gotta keep your chin up..."
"I try. I just miss having her cuddle up next to me. I miss her smell, her soft fur, her tiny little face....and her licks. I miss her licks most of all. I would give anything to have her give me just one more lick..." Scooter's big, brown eyes blinked slowly with the memory. I hopped up to his face and said "Well, I can give you a few licks. They might not be as good as Ella's, but they are licks just the same." And I proceeded to lick his nose through the bars. Scooter closed his eyes and rested his head to the floor. "That's nice. That's very nice indeed. Thank you Fluffy, I do feel better. You are a nice friend to comfort me like that."
"No problem buddy. But you'd better get out of here before Binky catches a whiff of you and returns with a vengence!"
And with that, he hopped away to his expen and flopped out in the cool breeze of the open window, eyes softly shut, with memories of his sweet little Ella dancing in his head....