May 30, 2023, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about a beaver slap. It can be an actual tail slap warning on the water or an imitation. Is a beaver slap the name of something — a new type of burger, perfume, or a sci-fi gadget? Take ecological and poetic licenses. Go where the prompt leads!
One bitter cold day in February, we boarded a tour bus heading north, destination, Ottawa, Canada, Winterlude, a month-long festival. Anticipating many outdoor activities, we packed our warmest winter gear.
A four-hour ride dropped us at our hotel, the center of activity. Eager to get immersed in the festive spirit, we set off for the Canal, a prime location. As we got close, we heard the joyful excitement of the crowds. A sweet smell tantalized our tastebuds, we found flat puffy pastries dusted with cinnamon sugar. Canadians call it a Beavertail. We tried it, SMACK, we were tail smacked.
Here in the States we simply call it fried dough. It’s a staple at fairs and festivals across the country. Have you ever had fried dough or Beavertail? Do you call it by another name?
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