… black and shiny… (Purdy, Symes and Wright - part 8)
by Peter Hunter
… what is bigger than Symes…
… and black and shiny…?
Wright was late… not unusual for the morning conference as it was his habit to linger during his early walk around the larger lake.
… with a long tapered tail - and whiskers like us?
'What on earth are you talking about, Wright? What have you seen and where? Purdey asked her adopted brother.
'By the smaller lake - down near the stream. It was eating a trout. Already the head had disappeared but I knew it was a trout by the spots on its body…
… and it was not scared of me in the slightest…'
'Ah - that's the problem…' declared Symes, '… it wasn't scared of big, bold Wright.'
'But what was it? Asked Wright. 'Eating one of our trout…'
' An otter… you silly boy.' Said Purdey. 'An otter…'
© Peter Hunter 2012
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