So I have a couple of ducks. No, I don't live on a farm. Yes, this is considered to be a little unusual.
These are actually the second pair I've owned, a male/female pair, the first two were killed by a fox.
They're Aylesbury Ducks, which means they're big
and have amazingly huge, white-feathered wings - or they're white when they've not been flapping about in the mud. I tell you, ducks are dirty
When they're chicks they have yellow feathers, then they moult (which they then seem do a couple of times a year) - and the first time this happened I commented it was like "an explosion in a pillow factory". What a great phrase - I squirreled it away for future use.
After finishing "The End of the World
" I needed to write a couple of lighter fics, I did that with a couple of drabbles, but I needed to do something a bit more, and I was already part way through "Castiel's Day
" (I seem to quite often come up with a new fic while working on a current one - plus I'm a big fan of writing something else if I find I get stuck with my current work).
The phrase came up in conversation and it clicked in my head and so "Scritch, Scritch, Scritch
" was born! (I'm not sure I like the title though)
I had some really nice comments, unfortunately many anonymous, so I can't reply with thanks, but one comment did make me laugh...
"i just have to say it (because reading this means that i'm not studying for my biology finals): arthropods molt. Birds do not molt. Nor do angels...to the best of my knowledge. ;)"
Am I missing some difference in meaning because I used the US "molt" instead of my more normal "moult"? (I like to write SPN in US English - it's a "stylist affectation"!)
I have a dog too, and she definitely
moults, seemingly constantly
I think you really
need to study for that biology test!
BTW I googled "arthropod" and screamed like a baby!