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“He’s huge,” Matt leaned back and tried to see the bird from beak to tail, he had to take a couple of steps back.
“The beak alone is the size of our car,” he continued to look from tail to beak in unbelief.
“First it’s a duck and the beak is called a bill. The bill is the only part that can be occupied or used for storage everything else is essential for flight.” Sally wasn’t even trying to conceal the pride she felt in the completed work. It had been five years in complete secrecy. Matt was the first person not a part of the program to be allowed into the hanger.
“Why a duck?” Matt asked still distracted by the bird with individual feathers that could be used to tickle the nose of a president’s face carved into Mount Rushmore.
“It’s a male Mallard,” Sally said, excited by his reaction. “It can do anything a real duck can do. It can fly, of course, but it can land on water or land, it can float or paddle on top of the water and it can dive into water and swim.” Matt could see the love in her eyes as she described her baby. “It can even pick objects up with its bill and deposit them into a storage container.”
Matt gave her a sideways hug, “it’s wonderful,” he said. “And that’s a word I seldom use. When is the test flight? And when can you take me up?”
“We plan a flight at the end of the week,” Matt looked disappointed. “I can show you the inside of the bill right now if you’re interested,” In answer Matt took her by the arm and led her toward the duck not knowing exactly where the entry point would be. As they neared the bird Sally tapped a point on a pad that produced a whirling noise from within the foul, the neck lowered and the bill started to slowly open. They stepped together over a very real looking under mandible but at that point Matt was no longer looking at a bird but at what could easily be the inside of a space ship complete with consoles of blinking lights and a view screen that peeked out of the duck’s left nostril.
“Amazing,” Matt mumbled.


Author: assumptionisfaith

david blankenship is the author of three books "Randolph W. Owens, missing on Bright Island" (a science fiction novel), "Herb" (a children's book), "Jack's second Life" (contemporary fiction) and several short stories. The books are for sale on Amazon's Kindle and published in paperback by Create Space.

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