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In their crouching positions concealed from sight behind a large boulder, Xander and Kennedy tensed, ready for a once-in-a-lifetime event. Despite their utter concentration, they were eager for their cues.
At the proper moment when one of the three animated figures in the clearing ahead reached up and grabbed for the poster nailed onto a tree, Kennedy declared under her breath in a faultless Brooklyn accent, “Duck season!”
Xander had to wait for his turn, since he’d lost when Kennedy picked stone and crushed his scissors. Still, while the dark figure on the far right made his move, the one-eyed man gleefully announced in an identical muted tone but with enough of a lisp to match the original, “Wabbit season!”
A wide grin now upon the Slayer’s face, Kennedy turned her head to look directly at Xander, happily delivering to him while still in character, “Duck season!”
In the same joyous mood, but with enough prudence to avoid spraying her with saliva, Xander mock-indignantly targeted his own adversary, “Wabbit season!”
And so it went, in perfect time to the sound from over there of ripping paper, as numerous posters were torn off, to at last reveal the grand surprise. This then caused an ominous silence to descend in the clearing.
Cautiously peeking over the boulder, Kennedy and Xander could still see the look of worried alarm flash over the chubby features of the remaining figure there, with him next beginning to apprehensively back away. A second later, gunshots rang out in the forest, forcing the New Council members to wisely drop behind their boulder for protection against any stray bullets.
When quiet returned to the setting of the Warner Brothers cartoon known as Rabbit Fire,
the two humans rose to their feet. Sharing a delighted glance, this pair walked over to the now-deserted spot where the finale of this uproarious short film had played out.
Stopping in front of a certain tree, Xander warned, “Careful!” in his sudden jitters over any potential damage coming to what they’d been told to collect.
Kennedy didn’t bother to answer, just giving her game partner an exasperated glance out of the corner of her eye. She then dug a fingernail under the pins holding fast a poster attached to this tree. Loosening the pins one-by-one, these finally came free and she peeled the intact notice off the tree’s trunk. Proudly examining what was in her hands, Kennedy displayed it for Xander at her side, who himself had Willow’s book wide open to allow their prize to be placed inside this magical container.
The man triumphantly smirked at seeing the ultimate souvenir, a printed picture of an everlastingly unsuccessful hunter, with just two simple words below the photograph: ELMER SEASON.
Their gazes meeting in sudden certitude, Xander and Kennedy turned as one to solemnly quote in chorus as their respective characters of Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny to the fourth wall of their animated dimension: “Be very, very quiet -- we’re hunting Elmers!”