Duck and Run

This is a story for Sunday Photo Fiction, .  It was prompted by the photo below, kindly provided by our host, Al Forbes.

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Duck and Run

“Will this funny thing take us to the ducks Grandad?”

“This funny thing is the DUKW. We’re doing a D-Day tour.”

”It doesn’t look like a duck.”

“It’s yellow.”

“Most ducks aren’t really ye- … can it swim?”

“Oh yeah. It’s better in the water, like the other ducks. It’ll take us on the Thames.”

“It looks old.”

“Built during the Second World War.”

“Was that the war to end all war?”

“No, that was the First World War. According to HG Wells.”

“The Time Machine man?”

“That’s him.”

“I suppose he couldn’t really see into the future then.”

“Anyway, I wanted us to ride in a DUKW ‘cos my dad drove one in the war.”

“This one? On D-Day?”

“Maybe and no. He was in Operation Husky, you know, to free Sicily from the Germans and Italians.”

“I thought Sicily belonged to Italy?”

“You know what, after this, maybe we should go to the Imperial War Museum, learn some stuff.”

“Dad wants to go to Sicily on holiday.”

“It’s beautiful. You’ll love it.”

“Mum said ‘no’, too full of refugees.”

“Tell you what, do you really want to go on this ride?”

“You’ve paid.”

“Never mind. Natural History Museum?”

200 words


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15 Responses to   Duck and Run

  1. Varad says:

    Nice one, JS. Loved the banter between Grandad and the Grandkid. The concept of history getting distorted by time comes out perfectly.

    Liked by 2 people

    • JS Brand says:

      Thank you Varad. I’m relieved what I was trying to say came across, as I had to resist the urge to impose too much structure on what I hoped would look like a real conversation between grandchild and grandad. My grandkids have the ability to let me know when they think adults are idiots without actually saying so.

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  2. Brilliant dialogue and a great little tale.

    Click to read my SunPhoFic!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. michael1148humphris says:

    Now you have me hoping that my day out with my grandchildren goes to plan🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  4. JS Brand says:

    If it’s a day out in North Yorkshire,Michael, how could it be less than perfect?


  5. Susan says:

    This is priceless. So typical of a conversation between a child and any adult. You did good!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. I love how you create a great story and background in just a conversation.

    Liked by 2 people

    • JS Brand says:

      That’s really kind, thank you. The downside of a word limit is that there’s limited scope for scene-setting or description, but that’s counteracted by the need to cover as much as possible in the dialogue. This week’s photo was really good for setting the context as well.
      Strangely, I’d been, thinking about DUKW’s just a few days earlier, when I’d had to visit Cleethorpes (try not to be too envious). I remembered riding in one on a beach, ** years ago, there or somewhere nearby, like Skegness (a surprisingly exotic resort, where it was possible to ride on camels, not just the bog-standard donkeys).

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  7. prior.. says:

    Enjoyed this convo and feel like I learned a bit and kind of want to look up some more tidbits of history – 😊

    Liked by 1 person

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