CCC102: The Long-Shanks

Crimson’s Creative Challenge 102

“Mally!” His cousin, deep-voiced, called him. “Mally, come on, stop hiding. Me and the boys are going out on the lake.”

Malcolm wanted to call in return, not to venture out there. But to alert the others was to give himself away. And he remembered what had happened to his brothers and sisters and cousins, his mother, his father, his grandpa and uncles. Weren’t many of them left now on that lake.

And he’d seen what the others had not. The long-shanks with their loud killing sticks.


The long-shanks hunting season again had begun.

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24 Responses to CCC102: The Long-Shanks

  1. aFrankAngle says:

    When I first saw the pic, I missed the one hiding. Great perspective for the story.

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  2. Oh, so sad. The “long shanks” – how I dislike them, but not as much as Malcolm and his family and friends. Beautifully rendered with a great point of view.

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  3. This little mallard has been traumatized! He probably has survivor’s guilt too. Yes, he could understandably go quackers.

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  4. Dale says:

    Smart Mally!
    Sad for the others.. I feared that was the situation…
    Fun (not for the rest of the duck family) one!

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  5. Poor ducky. Smart ducky! I hope his life brightens up. Them greedy, awful, noisy long-shanks … Well done!!!

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  6. I love your perspective on this and the way you nickname the hunters, could be the Watership Down of ducks!

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