*September 1997, 24 Carrot Island*
Whatever you do, DON’T remind Harvey H. Hare of his childhood. I’m not saying it was bad or anything, it’s just that he grew up on the world’s most famous carrot farm. And he sure didn’t like THAT at all.
Harvey was born on August 4, 1980, at the 24 Carrot Island Hospital. He has two older brothers, Harry Hare and Henry Hare Jr. Their parents, Henry Hare Sr. and Hannah Hare, are the proud owners of Funny Bunny Carrot Farm, and have always dreamed that their sons would one day take over the farm when their parents retired. Henry and Harry loved being farmers and that made their parents proud. But, Harvey was different.
You see, Harvey was a genius. In fact, he skipped grades 2 and 5. He loved science, especially chemistry. And unlike his two older brothers, Harvey planned to leave the farm to go to college, and never come back.
He and his brothers often argued about this, they never really got along. Especially since Harry and Harvey were in the same grade, even though Harvey was 2 years younger.
Harvey was often made fun of in school. Being the youngest, he had a hard time making real friends. This didn’t bother him, though. As long as he had science, he was happy. Until that time in middle school.
It was a normal day, when all of a sudden one of Harry’s friends held up a photo.
“Hey look! It’s a picture of Harvey in a bunny suit! Hahaha!”
Everyone started to laugh.
Harvey remembered that photo. It was from when he was 9 years old and was dressed up for Halloween. Harry must have found it and gave it to his friends.
Harvey told everyone to stop, but it wouldn’t help. After that terrible day, the bullying never seemed to end. People constantly called him names like “Bunny Boy.”
Luckily, Harvey had a best friend. His older cousin, Charlotte. Like Harry, Charlotte was 2 years older than Harvey. But she was one of the only people who accepted Harvey for who he was. Her dad was Harold Hare, the younger brother of Henry Hare Sr. He never liked farming, but loved art, so he moved to Counterfeit Island and eventually married an artist named Claire, and a few years later Charlotte was born. Charlotte grew up loving art too, but she was never that good at it, so she visited the local art museum often. She also visited her cousins on 24 Carrot Island every few months.
And then the worst happened. When Charlotte was 13, her parents died in a car crash. The same day they were going to see “the Scream” at the museum. That painting only comes there every 5 years or so. Charlotte swore to herself that one day the Scream would be hers so no one else could enjoy it.
After the funeral, Charlotte moved in with her aunt and uncle at the carrot farm. She and Harvey became even better friends as they now shared a room. Harvey wasn’t so alone any longer.
But Charlotte was still mourning. The only thing she had left from her parents was her mother’s beautiful paintbrush. She loved that paintbrush. However, at the time, she had no idea that it was cursed.
That was years ago, though. It was 1997 now. Harvey, at 17 years old, was finally going to go to the National Institute of Silly Sciences, his dream college. Charlotte, 19, an adult, was going to study at the National Institute of the Arts, which is just a few miles away from N.I.S.S.
As Harvey said his goodbyes to his family, he knew he might never come back. He was wrong. Exactly 10 years later, he would return as the world’s most evil super villain, Dr. Hare.
But, a lot happened before that…
Chapter 2 Coming Out This Saturday, Feb. 20!
P.S.- I know this was long. Maybe even a little too long. But to fully understand the plot of this series, you must know Harvey’s childhood, and it only made sense to put it in one chapter. Leave your predictions and thoughts down in the comments! And be excited, because Chapter 2 truly starts the main plot line.