“Oh mother!” Puddles exclaimed, surveying his heavenly surroundings.  “This is not good.”

“Quuuaaaak!” He shrieked, jumping in shock, as a flustered duck abruptly appeared beside him.

“I’m L-Lucky,” said the duck, attempting to swiftly regain her composure.

Puddles looked her in the eye. “Erm… Unfortunately I think you might be somewhat mistaken,” he said, indicating their surroundings.

“My name is ‘Lucky’,” clarified the duck.

“Oh!… My sincere apologies.” said Puddles.  

“Where do you think we are?” questioned Lucky.

“Afterlife, I’m presuming,” responded Puddles.

“Oh!…That means we must be…” concluded Lucky.

“Yep,” interrupted Puddles. “Must be…”

They stood, in contemplative silence.

After some minutes, Lucky could no longer contain herself. “I just thought the storm wind might assist in my quest for flight. The last thing I recall, as I spread my wings, was a massive gust.”

“I didn’t want to take shelter,” added Puddles, relieved to be able to speak. “I just wanted to experience the storm. The last thing I remember was a huge flash.”

“D’you think we could become angels?” enquired Lucky. “I mean, since we have wings, we are surely halfway there?” 

Puddles couldn’t quite imagine angels named ‘Puddles’ and ‘Lucky’, let alone him becoming one; but he didn’t wish to dampen Lucky’s optimism. “I guess anything is possible.” 

Contemplative silence swiftly resumed. 

Suddenly a deep voice resounded around them. “Lucky and Puddles, it is not your time. I am sending you back.”

The ducks glanced at one another and gulped.

“Uh oh!” They murmured in unison, bracing themselves for potential impact. 

“Oooooh, this is rather high,” Lucky thought dizzily. Farmer Tate stood below; unable to fathom how a flightless duck could have gotten onto the two-storey high farmhouse roof. 

“If Farmer Tate can get me down, then I promise I will never ever ever attempt to fly again,” said Lucky sincerely.

Meanwhile…

“Arghhhh!” yelled Puddles, back on the lake, as he turned to see his tail feathers smoking.  After ungracefully extinguishing his bottom, he thought… 

“Maybe next time I will consider advice very carefully.” 

God smiled.

“Angels? What a thought…”

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Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
1 year ago

Your story made me smile Paula. I could just imagine the confusion of those ducks believing they were angels. At least they got a second chance ?

Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe(@eric-radcliffe)
1 year ago

This is such a jolly read Paula. I felt as though I were sitting on my Mothers knee asking all sorts of questions. My Granddaughter would love this read to her. Well done.

Sandra James
Sandra James(@sandra-james)
1 year ago

Such fun and great story, Paula. I rather like the idea of ducks as angels and I’ll be having a close look at the wild ducks on my dam tomorrow morning 🙂

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Nikki Thomas
Nikki Thomas(@nikki-thomas)
1 year ago

This is so sweet! It could make a lovely children’s book I think.

Linda Rock
Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
1 year ago

Who couldn’t have a smile on their face reading this Paula. Kids and adults alike would love reading the adventures of such adorable characters as Puddles and Lucky. A really fun read.

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Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof(@christer-norrlof)
1 year ago

This is such a fun and different story, Paula. The idea is great, the dialogue flows very well and the element of surprise is there to turn the story in an unexpected direction. Both readers and God have to smile.

Danielle Burke
Danielle Burke(@danielle-burke)
1 year ago

I love the humor in your story! The innocence of your characters is captivating!

Brigitta Hegyi
Brigitta Hegyi(@brigitta-hegyi)
1 year ago

I like the characters, such a lovely story, Paula.  ? 

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
1 year ago

Wow. This is a different story, entertaining and very funny. I can’t help myself by smiling throughout the story. I love it, and I am sure kids will love it too.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
1 year ago
Reply to  Paula Lucas

You’re welcome, Paula. You did a good job.

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