Spring Duck Tales Festival

Submitted into Contest #191 in response to: Write a story about a character who’s late to witness a special event.... view prompt


Funny Happy Fantasy

It was the day of the annual Spring Fling Festival, and Tim was running late. He had planned to arrive early,  get a good spot to watch the flower parade, and participate in the egg hunt.

But as he rushed out of his apartment, he realized that he had forgotten his wallet. It contained his ID, his credit cards, and a few dollars for the festival. He hesitated for a moment, wondering if he should go back to get it, but then decided that he didn't want to waste any more time.

As he made his way to the festival, Tim felt a growing sense of anxiety. He knew that the flower parade was already underway, and he worried that he wouldn't be able to find a good spot to watch it. He hurried through the crowded streets, dodging other festival-goers and trying to catch a glimpse of the parade.

When he finally arrived at the festival grounds, Tim saw that the flower parade had already finished. He had missed it, and the egg hunt was about to start. He felt a pang of disappointment and wondered if he should just go home.

But as he walked through the festival, he started to notice something strange. The egg hunt participants were running around frantically, searching for eggs, and bumping into each other. Tim could hear their shouts and laughter echoing through the festival grounds.

Tim decided to join in on the egg hunt, despite being late. He ran around, searching for eggs, and bumping into other participants. He felt silly, but he couldn't help but join in on the fun.

He searched for eggs and Tim noticed that the other participants seemed to be having a great time. They were laughing and joking with each other and didn't seem to care that Tim had arrived late.

Tim felt relieved and grateful for the chance to participate in the egg hunt, even if he had missed the flower parade. He felt like he was a part of something bigger, and that he was able to enjoy the festival in his way.

The day wore on and the crowds began to thin, Tim found himself at a booth selling fried dough. He sat down on a bench and took a bite, savoring the sweet and greasy flavor.

At that moment, Tim realized that he didn't need to be early or on time to experience the beauty of spring. He could enjoy it at his own pace, in his way, and still feel the magic of the season. He smiled to himself, feeling grateful for the chance to participate in the festivities, even if he had been late to the events.

Just as he was about to take another bite of his fried dough, Tim suddenly noticed something strange. He felt a tickling sensation on the back of his neck, and when he looked up, he saw that a group of ducks had gathered around him.

The ducks were staring at him with beady eyes and quacking loudly. Tim felt a bit uneasy, but he could not help but laugh at the absurdity of the situation.

Tim watched, one of the ducks suddenly waddled over to him and snatched the piece of fried dough out of his hand. Tim was too surprised to react, and the duck waddled away triumphantly, quacking in satisfaction.

The other festival-goers who had witnessed the incident burst into laughter, and Tim couldn't help but join in. He realized that he had been so caught up in trying to be on time for the festival that he had forgotten to just let loose and have fun.

From that moment on, Tim decided to embrace the ridiculousness of the festival. He participated in all the events, even if he was late to them, and had a blast doing so. He laughed with the other festival-goers and even made some new friends along the way.

As the festival drew to a close, Tim felt a sense of contentment wash over him. He had been late to the events, but he had still managed to have an unforgettable time. He realized that sometimes, the best memories are made when things don't go according to plan.

Making his way back to his apartment, Tim felt a newfound appreciation for the beauty of spring. He couldn't wait to come back to the festival next year and to laugh and enjoy the festivities with his new friends.

As Tim walked home, he couldn't help but chuckle at the image of the duck stealing his fried dough. He knew that it would become a funny story to tell his friends later.

But just as he turned the corner to his street, Tim saw something that made him stop in his tracks. There, in the middle of the sidewalk, was a giant inflatable bunny.

The bunny was at least ten feet tall, with a bright pink stomach and floppy ears. It was tethered to the ground, but it swayed back and forth in the breeze, blocking Tim's path home.

Tim tried to walk around the bunny, but it seemed to follow him, swaying in his direction. He felt silly, but he couldn't help but laugh at the absurdity of the situation.

As he tried to navigate his way around the bunny, Tim noticed a group of children watching him with amusement. They seemed to be enjoying his struggle to get past the inflatable creature.

Tim decided to embrace the moment and started to dance around the bunny, pretending to be trapped by its hypnotic sway. The children laughed and clapped, and Tim felt like a kid again.

Just as he was about to make his final move to get past the bunny, Tim heard a loud hissing sound. He turned around to see that the bunny had come loose from its tether and was now bouncing down the street, propelled by the wind.

Tim couldn't help but laugh as he watched the giant bunny bounce down the street, followed by a group of children who had started chasing after it. He realized that even though he had been late to the festival, he had managed to find joy and laughter in unexpected places.

While continuing his walk home, Tim couldn't help but smile at the thought of the inflatable bunny and the duck that stole his fried dough. He realized that sometimes, the best memories are made when things don't go according to plan.

When he finally arrived back at his apartment, Tim pulled out his phone and started texting his friends about the hilarious events of the day. He knew that even though he had been late to the festival, he had still managed to have a great time, and that was all that mattered.

March 28, 2023 20:11

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Michał Przywara
21:24 Mar 29, 2023

There's a good lesson that Tim learns here. A couple of them, actually. He learns that it's okay for him to just seize the moment instead of having to perfectly plan everything, and he learns that others won't necessarily judge him harshly for it. For him, the spring season was a kind of rebirth. I did find a couple issues with the story though. Mostly, the kind of things that another editing pass or two would fix. First off, the title appears to have a typo with "festiable". There are a couple phrases that get repeated a lot too, to ...


Keyanna Jones
15:46 Mar 31, 2023

I edit it I hope you like it


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