Bluebell SSS Prompt No. 10 ~ Drama In Ducksburg




The town was in a tizz as the great drama unfolded . Every creature had heard the news . Donald Duck had been chosen . He was a finalist in the Annual Photo Challenge . Everybody knew the purple camera . It accompanied him everywhere . He was never without it . The animals and creatures gathered around , whispering amongst themselves . They all wanted to be a part of this historic event . They all wanted to be in the "Final Snapshot" , the one that would transport their town to fame and fortune . The winning photo would be featured in the Ducksburg Gazette , which was a popular newspaper .

"I wonder what Donald is going to do ," the deer thought about it .

"I am the obvious choice ," Lady Dragonfly flitted from flower to flower . "I am colourful , beautiful , dainty and as pretty as can be ."

"Dainty and pretty and as lazy as can be ," echoed the ant . That started the argument . Eventually all the animals and creatures joined in , causing quite a din .

"Be quiet ! All of you ! I have made my decision ." His angry voice cut through their squabbles . They all waited , expectant faces .

"I've chosen the cow !" The creatures were dumb-founded . They could not believe it .

"Did somebody call my name ?" The sleepy cow lifted his head , eyes still drooping . Every head turned to look at him , standing next to the brown-and-red-dotted toadstool , grinning stupidly .

" Are you serious ? Look at him , he's more dead than alive ! You need somebody with more … oooomph … more pizzaz … with a spring in his step … somebody like 'moi' ," the rabbit gave a low curtsey .

"Did I hear my name ?" repeated the cow , grinning in a daze .

"See what he means ?" the deer blurted . "The cow is on his own planet ! He doesn't know what is going on !"

"I've made my decision and it is final !" Donald Duck refused to give in . A sudden scuffle broke out between the twin squirrels who had debated this topic for two days . Donald tried to calm them . All the others joined in the argument again . Sammy squirrel stuck his tongue out at Sandy squirrel , who was perched atop the duck's hat , holding on for dear life .

Donald stumbled backwards , lost his balance and the camera went flying . Up , up , up into the air … spinning and twirling like a top … and then down , down , down it came towards the earth , and fell ~~ SPLOSH ! into the river behind . The last thing that they saw was flashes of purple in the water as the current moved downstream …

There was complete silence .

Goodbye "Final Snapshot" !

Goodbye Ducksburg Gazette !

Goodbye fame and fortune !

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  1. Marbles in My Pocket on September 14, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    Wonderful story! Very imaginative. I didn't even notice the purple camera!

    • mish on September 15, 2011 at 8:31 pm

      Thanks Charles – quite a difficult prompt for me , but this is what came up with .

  2. morning on September 15, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    how creative you are, a lesson for all, you are a true write with stunning talent.
    way to go.

    • mish on September 15, 2011 at 8:32 pm

      Thanks for the support and the lovely comment ! Much appreciated !

  3. thingy on September 16, 2011 at 12:14 am

    Ha!  Great story and a learning experience for kids. : )

    • mish on September 16, 2011 at 1:19 pm

      Thanks thingy … 🙂

  4. chimnese on September 16, 2011 at 9:05 am

    wow this was entertaining and u kept my attention all the way esp when it got to teh dramatic side…the chatter of the animals were all colorful…great job.

    • mish on September 16, 2011 at 1:20 pm

      Glad to have kept your attention throughout the story ! Hope it would do the same for little ones … 🙂

  5. Sharp Little Pencil on September 17, 2011 at 5:47 am

    Mish, I LOVE how the unassuming cow, so productive and modest, was chosen… it's a good lesson in humility.  This was really quite the deep story!  Amy

    • mish on September 17, 2011 at 1:48 pm

      Thanks Amy ! Welcome back ! I’ve always been a champion for the underdog … 🙂

  6. The Cello Strings on September 17, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    you know how children think, like or feel.
    reflective writing, sharp senses and amazing outcome.

    • mish on September 17, 2011 at 6:02 pm

      Kids are like open books … so easy to read ! 🙂 … and easy to please !

  7. bendedspoon on September 17, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    fantastic and fun story! I held my breathe until it got wet 😉

    • mish on September 18, 2011 at 9:40 pm

      So glad that you were caught up in the moment … 🙂

  8. Isadora on September 18, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    MMMM mmmm  … I think the only thing I would change is – him- to – her – as I believe cows are female. I think …!!!????
    This is such a GREAT story. I loved every bit of it. So cute and entertaining. I think any child would sit quietly and listen just to see what happens. Excellent ending and good lessons on humility.
    Congrats on using the prompt superbly,
    my story on prompt:

    • mish on September 18, 2011 at 9:42 pm

      Think you’re right about cows being female … thanks for your lovely comments !

  9. The Orange Tree on September 18, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    sad, yet sweet.
    your words are making the story very visual, real, and believeable!

    • mish on September 18, 2011 at 9:45 pm

      That’s a great response – glad that the story “came alive” for you !

  10. lolamouse on September 19, 2011 at 2:12 am

    At least the cow doesn't yell and scream and give him a hard time!  Better luck next year!

    • mish on September 20, 2011 at 7:03 am

      The quiet unassuming cow , instead of the popular loud-mouths , was singled out to be part of the “historic” moment – food for thought …

  11. Jeanie McBain on September 19, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Excellent tale I enjoyed reading this very much 🙂

    • mish on September 20, 2011 at 7:28 am

      Thank you so much ! 🙂

  12. e.a.s. demers on September 26, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    LOL… oh my, poor Donald! 🙂

    • mish on September 27, 2011 at 9:08 am

      Poor Donald indeed … 🙂 goodbye to all their dreams of fame and fortune !

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