And the words:
“She launched herself at their leader.” – Lorraine Heath’s When A Duke Loves A Woman
This story was written for the 50 Word Thursday challenge, hosted this week by Deb Whittam:
The lake was beautiful and tranquil, an oasis of peace in the middle of a busy zoo.
You could hear in the distance the occasional roar of a lion or the chatter of monkeys, but that didn’t detract from the stillness of that place.
Then a gang of youths appeared, shouting at each other, boasting and taunting.
On the edge of the lake swam some baby swans. One of the kids picked one up and then threw it at one of his friends who caught it.
The Mother swan came out of nowhere and she launched herself at their leader, squawking loudly with a frantic beating of her wings.
Now it’s an empirical fact that Mother swans have been known to kill to protect their young.
It’s a shame that those kids hadn’t known that or maybe they would have shown more caution and then they’d still be alive today.
I have also included the following word prompts: