Glad you could join us for the next nail-biting episode of Elliot’s Adventures. If you’re new here, you can catch up by returning to the beginning, and reading really fast…
Before Elliot’s scream skidded to a halt, the mushroom cap sat empty over an expanding set of ripples.
Juliet was the first to jump into the water.
“Come on, you guys!” she called, paddling hard and fast for the center of the vanishing rings. “Are you really gonna let the little guy’s chance for True Love slip away?”
James and Lorenzo exchanged shrugs and dove in.
Elliot strained his eye stalks as far over the water as he dared, helpless to help, yet yearning to try. He might as well have been on an alien planet as he watched the rescue attempt play out.
James, having out swum Juliet, ducked his head beneath the surface to retrieve the hapless maid.
Elliot held his breath.
James brought his head up, something limp and dripping hanging from his mouth.
Elliot gasped as James shook his head, flinging a wad of river grass splattering from his bill.
In rapid succession, Lorenzo and Juliet split the water with their faces, only to resurface long moments later with nothing at all to show for it.
The knot in Elliot’s gizzard threatened to throttle him. He knew she — whoever she was — couldn’t last much longer.
In a balletic display of choreographed precision, all three fowl friends dipped deep into the unforgiving wetness, their tails reaching skyward like prayers of desperation pleading for a merciful miracle.
Elliot’s heart stood still.
To be continued…
#AtoZChallenge A-to-Z Fictioneers: Interested in original fiction? Here’s a list of writers who are writing stories for the 2017 A to Z Challenge. The author’s link will take you to their “A” post. If you know of any other story writers I can share, please drop the link in the comments!
- Aditi’s Indian myths from a female POV at Aditi’s Pen
- Arpan’s horror stories at Tales of Unusual Strangeness
- Atherton’s Victorian murder mystery, “Stranded!”, at Atherton’s Magic Vapour
- Debs’s song-inspired fiction at Bunny and the Bloke
- Diane’s 100-word tales at LadiesWhoLunchReviews,etc
- Dipanwita’s 100-word stories at Cocktails Mocktails and Life
- Iain’s alphabet puzzle-inspired murder mystery serial at Iain Kelly Writing
- Jo’s upbeat emotion stories at Jo Hawk the Writer
- Joe’s excerpts from his upcoming post-Civil War historical fiction, “Steel Horse Saviors”, at Fiction Playground
- John’s flash fiction crime stories with a twist at John Davis Frain
- Keith’s everyday life in fictional Amble Bay at Keith’s Ramblings
- Lenni’s speculative fiction, “What Are They” at J Lenni Dorner
- Marquessa’s short stories spun from her larger work, “Living to Die” at Simply Marquessa
- Natalie’s “Secret Diary of a Serial Killer” at Natalie Westgate
- Raven’s 100-word flash fiction at everywhere and nowhere
- Shailaja’s 100-word oxymoronic stories at The Moving Quill
- Shweta’s Tiny Tales at My Random Ramblings
- Sorchia’s Gothic fantasy, “A Cold Spring” at Sorchia’s Universe
- S.T. Ranscht’s fantasy/adventure serial, “Elliot’s Adventures”at Space, Time, and Raspberries
Vanessa’s build-a-30-word-story at Vanessence
- Today’s twofer from April 18, 2016:
This little ol’ A to Z Blogging Challenge is trying to whoop my a**. It keeps yelling:
“Stay down, you moron!” This little ol’ A to Z Blogging Challenge. The big bully.
I keep getting up.