The spirit of Christmas was in the air as four webbed members of the Quackers Family slid into the river starting their journey to the Christmas Eve party.
Daddy Quackers and Mama Quackers headed the pack followed by Feathers and Drake, two young ducklings excited about the holiday. Each family member had their own goodie bag of offerings for the festivities.
“The Christmas Eve party is going to be fun,” Mama Quackers reminded. “There will be other ducks your age to play with.”
“I know,” Drake replied.
“It’s going to be fun!” Feathers excitedly blurts out, paddling as fast as she can.
The waning daylight gave way to the darkness of night.
“Sure glad Daddy Quackers and Mama Quackers are with us. I would be scared if they were not here,” Feathers tells Drake.
Drake notices a light that has come up alongside the family.
“It’s Lighty,” Feathers says, confirming it’s their lightning bug friend.
“Need a light?” Lighty says whimsically.
“Going to the Christmas Eve party?” Feathers asks.
“Yes, I can’t wait to get there and see all my friends,” Lighty replied.
A couple of minutes later, everyone hears a muffled “tweeetttt” nearby.
“What’s that?” Drake asks.
“Hmmm & I don’t know,” Daddy Quackers answers. “Maybe we should go see what that sound is.”
The family of four and Lighty turn and head toward the river shore.
“Tweeettt,” is heard again, this time with a sense of urgency in its tone.
As they near the shore with Lighty illuminating the way, Daddy Quackers is first to notice something on the ground flapping one wing.
“It’s a small bird,” Daddy Quackers discovers.
Everyone waddles out of the water toward the downed bird.
“On no, it’s BlueBee!” Feathers says as she notices their Bluebird friend.
“Hi BlueBee,” Drake offers. “Are you OK?”
“I was flying along and all of a sudden something hit me. I fell and hurt my wing,” BlueBee recounted, nursing an ailing wing.
“Might be broken,” Mama Quackers offers, looking at the wing.
“We’ve got to get Doc Vet to look at you,” Daddy Quackers says.
With Lighty shining down on the scene, they all looked at each other and agreed they would have to help BlueBee and delay their arrival at the Christmas Eve party.
“I’ll go find Doc Vet,” Daddy Quackers decides. “Everyone stay here and keep BlueBee company.”
Daddy Quackers flies off in the direction of town.
“While we are waiting, let’s sing Christmas songs,” Mama Quackers offers as an alternative to standing around in the night doing nothing.
“We will start off with Silent Night,” she decides as they gather around BlueBee.
Several songs later they alternate a simple game or two to pass the time.
Concern enters Mama Quackers’ thoughts as BlueBee seems to be in increasing pain.
“How are you feeling BlueBee?” she asks.
“It seems to be hurting worse,” BlueBee responds.
“It’s going to be OK,” Mama Quackers consoles.
“I feel bad about making you guys miss the Christmas Eve party,” BlueBee sighs.
“Don’t worry about that,” Feathers chimes in.
“It wouldn’t be a very good party if we just left you here,” Drake adds. “Besides, I’m having fun singing songs and playing games together.”
“Daddy Quackers will be back soon,” Mama Quackers says, at the same time wondering what is taking him so long and then looking up at the dark sky.
“Let’s get some food out of our goodie bags,” Mama Quackers offers.
She passes bread and grubs to Feathers, Drake, Lighty, and BlueBee.
“Thanks, but I’m not hungry,” BlueBee responds.
“That’s OK,” Mama Quackers replies, stroking BlueBee’s feathers. “It’s there if you want it.”
As the night continues on, Feathers and Drake doze off. BlueBee was also bordering on sleep but kept awake by the pain of the damaged wing.
Mama Quackers stayed awake to make sure any would-be predators stayed away, especially since Lighty the lightning bug was providing less and less light as he also was growing tired.
Just after the night was at its darkest, Mama Quackers heard a faint rustling noise in the distance. She perked up and noticed the sound was getting closer.
All of a sudden Lighty jumps up from his near sleep and illuminates the shore to reveal an outline of a somewhat frantic duck and a rather large figure walking alongside.
“It’s Daddy Quackers!” Mama Quackers exclaims. “And Doc Vet.”
“Quaaacccckkkk,” Mama Quackers bellows to welcome Daddy Quackers.
“I’m back,” Daddy Quackers announces. “It took me a while to find Doc Vet. He was at another Christmas Eve party.”
“Hello Doc Vet,” Mama Quackers welcomes. “Please take a look at BlueBee’s wing.”
“Let’s see,” Doc Vet says as he examines an awake BlueBee. “What do we have here?”
“Looks like a badly bruised wing, possibly broken,” he concludes. “We have to get you back to my vet hospital.”
Doc Vet turns to the family. “Good thing you were able to help BlueBee. If he would have been out here all night he probably would have died.”
Doc Vet carefully picks up BlueBee.
“I’ll get him fixed up and he should be OK in a few days, maybe a bit longer if the wing is broken,” Doc Vet assured.
Feathers approaches Doc Vet. “If you need to be paid to take care of BlueBee, I have these grubs you can have.”
Drake added, “& and you can have mine too.”
Doc Vet smiled and left with the injured BlueBee.
Mama Quackers looked at Daddy Quackers. “The Christmas Eve party is over by now, so I guess we will just head home.”
Daddy Quackers looked at Feathers and Drake. “Sorry guys, no party tonight.”
“That’s OK,” Drake replied. “We had a nice party here.”
“Yes,” Feathers agreed. “We had some food, played games, sang songs, and helped BlueBee. Our friend Lighty was here too.”
Mama Quackers, Daddy Quackers, Feathers, and Drake turned and headed off into the river toward home. It was indeed already a wonderful Christmas.
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