Article / Charlie Homerding

Supreme Court Case: The Bunnies vs. The State of Make Believe


Yesterday, the Supreme Court upheld the right for Mr. & Mrs. Bunny to run a real estate business in Fairy Dust, Make Believe.  One year ago, a court of appeals in Fairy Dust stripped the Bunnies of their real estate license because, “They were acting too real.”

The Bunnies started a real estate business called Cotton Cottages two years ago, the first of its kind in Fairy Dust.  Beforehand, the only businesses in this glittery suburb were candy stores and marshmallow factories.  A real estate business would not only require knowledge and logic, but it would also go against a key amendment in Make Believe, which states that all businesses must either create joy in the hearts of children or distract unhappy adults from the monotony of their everyday lives.

Real estate would remind adults that their life might not have any purpose, while also killing the daydreams of children.  When questioned about their motivations, the Bunnies said that it all started after helping their friends buy a new home.  They enjoyed the process so much and thought, “Hey, maybe we won’t have to hide eggs for the rest of our lives.”

The Bunnies could have started a fake estate business, which helps children use crayons to draw the mansions that they will never be able to afford, but the fluffy couple, “Didn’t want to give children false hopes.”

Their real estate business took off and grounded the imagination in Fairy Dust over the next year.  Tinker Bell and Peter Pan found a new pirate ship to call home, Santa Claus found a new vacation igloo, and the Boogeyman was able to find a swamp without alligators, all thanks to the Bunnies.

All of this practicality frustrated certain members of Fairy Dust, and they started a petition to ban the Bunnies from running Cotton Cottages because it went against one of the state’s most cherished amendments.  The petition drew attention from all across Make Believe.  The Tooth Fairy, one of the most ardent opposers of real estate, believes that “businesses like that would ruin our tradition of figments and illusions.  Eventually, Cotton Cottages would actually make money, and then what would I do?  Become a dentist?”

The petition was brought to trial in Fairy Dust, and the Bunnies were found in violation of the state’s constitution.  The case made its way to the Supreme Court of Make Believe where Chief Justice Mother Goose upheld the appellate court’s decision.

Since then, the Bunnies have been fighting their case in federal courts until two months ago when the Supreme Court chose to hear their case.  The trial took place yesterday and was short and to-the-point, which is unlike most trials in Make Believe where the judges sing nursery rhymes and play hop scotch.

The justices deliberated over the constitutionality of Make Believe’s state amendment that restricts business like Cotton Cottages from making money.  Justice Sotomayor said, “No me gutsa el Chief Justice Mother Goose.  Negocio es bueno.  Mucho dinero.”  All of the other justices agreed and unanimously sided in favor for the Bunnies.

The state of Make Believe has been ordered to change their amendment to support businesses that make money – whether or not they bring joy to children or distract unhappy adults.  The Bunnies ended their press conference with this statement, “Our business may be different than the traditional businesses in Make Believe, but I believe that one doesn’t negatively affect the other.  We just want to make money.  That shouldn’t stop others from playing pretend.”

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