"'Ah, I’m just an American mutt,' I said, and looked into my coffee cup. Then, I grunted, my nature got the worst of me, and I added with some perpetual motion steam: 'My first name’s Otis. I, uh, was named after King Otis of Lafaria. He had eighteen wives but that’s not what killed him. He was killed when an old duck fell outta the sky and hit him on the head.' I looked cute at her.
'Real-ly,' she said, with a little sour note in the last syllable.
I thought for a moment, smiled, and finished with: 'That’s why in Lafaria when
somethin’s goin for your head, like a rock, a bee, y’know an object of some kind, people say, Duck! That’s how that whole thing got started. We say duck in America now.'”
- from Otis Moon by Kevin O'Kendley
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