Ashleigh Anpilova


Ducky's stories do have endings.

A Ducky-centric gen story.

Written: January 2012. Word count: 500.



It is a myth that my stories do not have endings; they do. Not all of them have happy endings; in fact many of them have not. However, they do all have endings.


I am not completely certain who it was that began the false rumor that I was always grateful when Jethro interrupted a story of mine because I would not have been able to complete it.


I believe it may have been Anthony; he is the most likely candidate. After all hiis ability to keep pestering people until in the end they accept what he says merely to silence him is a highly sophisticated one. He wears people down; he persists until it is much easier to just agree than to go on disagreeing.


Do not get me wrong, I am very fond of Anthony, just as I am very fond of all the children. Indeed, I think his persistence is one of the things which makes him such a fine detective. He will keep digging; he will keep pushing; he will keep going. I have watched him interrogate on more than one occasion and it is his doggedness that has caused more than one suspect to tire of arguing their case and simply comply with Anthony's wishes.


Where was I? Ah, yes, the fact that the children believe my stories do not have endings - if only they knew. Like any good story-teller I know exactly when to stop a story. It is not always a case of Jethro interrupting me that's stops me. I stop for two reasons: firstly because I do know exactly the right moment to stop, to leave my audience intrigued and maybe wanting more. And secondly, I stop because it is neither the time nor the place to reveal some of the more gruesome details.


Maybe one day those dearest to me will discover the myth and learn that my stories do have endings. You see I have written a book containing my stories and every one of them has an ending. I shall not endeavor to get the book published whilst I am alive, yet I would like to think that one day it may be published; that one day people will know the truth.


I think there are some stories people may not wish to know the truth about. Take my time with the natives of New Guinea for example; that will not make for an easy or comfortable read and I doubt many will believe my tale, will not wish to believe it.


However, there are other stories, lighter ones such as the Duke and the bull. That story I believe will amuse and hopefully counter-balance the harsher tales.


Maybe I should just let the children and Jethro, because despite our close friendship I do believe he too thinks some of my stories do not have endings, know whilst I am alive that my stories have endings. But I think I shall keep the myth alive for a little longer.




A Myth


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