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the story of an invisible girl
renniekins
renniekins
Duckling Rescue
Looking out her sliding back door on at the beautiful summer day, laptop in front of her on the kitchen table, she marveled at how lucky she was to be able to work from home. She was just getting started on her second cup of coffee, when she heard a ruckus in the backyard. Scrabbling, splashing, and the sound of a duck quacking loudly. Bemused, she set down her cup and walked outside.

The first thing she saw was a female duck pacing back and forth on the pool deck, flapping its wings and quacking frantically. She saw it hop into her swimming pool, then splash back out again. Looking in the pool, she saw the reason. Nine fuzzy little ducklings were swimming near the edge.

The ducklings were tiny, too small to fly. Her in-ground pool had a concrete lip all around the edge, and try as they might, there was no way the little things could get out. The mother duck kept jumping in and out, quacking mightily, but that wasn't helping.

Looking around for a way to help, she spotted the large net she used for skimming leaves and debris off the surface of the water. Taking it off the wall, she rolled up her sleeves.

In her first effort, she scooped up three little ducklings. Smiling at her rescue, she started to gently move them toward their mother.

Before she could, they all hopped out of the net and back into the water.

Trying again, she scooped just two and started to move them. They both hopped back to join their brothers and sisters. They didn't understand that they were being rescued, they just wanted to stay with the others.

Eventually she realized that she had to scoop all of them up at once in order to keep them from jumping out again. This wasn't as easy as she had thought it would be! With the long pole, she tried to herd the nine milling ducklings into a net-sized cluster. Each time she had most of them bunched, one or two would swim away. Meanwhile, the mother duck kept quacking and splashing about, trying to keep her away from them.

After eons of trying, finally she somehow managed to scoop up all nine ducklings at once. Dripping with sweat, her hair disheveled, she carefully maneuvered the net over to their worried mother.

The relieved mother duck swept all the little ones out of the net with her wings and hustled them away from the pool, pausing only to shoot a threatening look back at her. She glared back. Ungrateful poultry.

The sudden quiet was surprising. She pushed her hair out of her eyes. She headed back inside to pick up her lukewarm coffee and resume her interrupted work. As she caught her breath, she wondered: what code she would use on today's timesheet for the past hour's work?

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hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: October 9th, 2007 02:10 am (UTC) (Link)
*snort*
renniekins From: renniekins Date: October 10th, 2007 11:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
heehee!
bwittig From: bwittig Date: October 9th, 2007 01:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Which code does she usually use for duck(l)ing work?
From: numignost Date: October 9th, 2007 02:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Did you identify them? That would count as duck typing.
nishar From: nishar Date: October 9th, 2007 02:30 am (UTC) (Link)
she wondered: what code she would use on today's timesheet for the past hour's work?

The quack code of course. :P
thelifeofbrian From: thelifeofbrian Date: October 9th, 2007 02:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Maybe she needs an alpaca in the back yard to keep the ducks away from the pool... If you ride your bike over there, I'm sure one will show up.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: October 10th, 2007 11:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, excellent idea.
the_leewit From: the_leewit Date: October 9th, 2007 03:46 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't know--- does your work allow for bill-able hours?

(This entry made me smile *so* hard...)
From: writerwench Date: October 9th, 2007 01:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Owwwwwwwww.... that's the best yet!
Deliciously amusing bit of writing, Renniekins.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: October 10th, 2007 11:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! (:
renniekins From: renniekins Date: October 10th, 2007 11:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
HA!
treebones From: treebones Date: October 9th, 2007 05:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
*laughs*
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: October 10th, 2007 12:43 am (UTC) (Link)
You code your time sheet by the hour?

renniekins From: renniekins Date: October 10th, 2007 11:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Not really... but then I don't have a pool either.
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: October 11th, 2007 03:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
or a sliding door that looks out over your deck either.

I digress, I am also betting that you will be out of sight this weekend right?
renniekins From: renniekins Date: October 11th, 2007 04:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Exactly, now you're getting it... the story's not about me! (:

I will be in sight, but in Chicago, this weekend. Have fun tho.
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: October 11th, 2007 04:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
I knew that, I just wondered if you did bill by the hour.

Clave will not be nearly as fun without my favourite bad ass.
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renniekins From: renniekins Date: October 10th, 2007 11:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I need more details on the duckling story to compare. (:
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