“The Wannabird” / Memorable Fancies #1498

Gussie Goose fancies that she is descended from the ancient dukes of Duck. She learns Duckish. She researches how ancient ducks walked and quacked and she masters, after much effort, the harsh accent, the affected waddle. When she appears in public, dressed in the bejeweled dirndls of ducks, the people think “O what a gorgeous duck!” But all she imagines, in her constant fear, are their nodding winks, their whispers “That’s the ugliest goose I’ve ever seen!”      <END> Buy it at … [Read more...]

“The Conteur – I” / Memorable Fancies #1474

It was an ancient time, with wandering minstrels, conteurs and their astonishing tales. Into this serene and picturesque civilization, marred only by constant bloody wars of religion and ambition, came a story, a tale. Where it came from, and where it began, were lost in the graveyards of time. Some people said the tale always was, or had come from the darkest parts of our minds, or was told to God by a hanged man strangling on a rope. The tale was whispered from realm to realm. At first, it … [Read more...]