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Once upon a time there were three ducks. One of them was keeping watch while the other two ate.

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Along came two newcomers. “Hello!” they said.

“What do you want?” asked the displeased watcher duck.

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“We are two hungry wayfarers. May we share your food?”

“No! You good-for-nothing scroungers! We don’t share food. Get going!”

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“Oh it’s like that, eh? Boo!” they said and chased the watcher away.

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“So what do you say? Shall we go for it? Gatecrash their party?” asked one.

“Of course!” replied the second.

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The newcomers then rushed headlong scattering all three ducks off the food trough.

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And they ate heartily ever after filling up their stomachs while the losers waited their turn.

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©Shail Mohan 2017

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