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The Goose and the Swan Part 1

THE LARGE, SNOWY goose was, as usual, not paying attention. There were many birds at the lake, with more gathering each day. He hardly noticed the arrivals anymore, instead preferring to feed hungrily on the lush grass that rimmed the water’s edge. Sometimes the sky was filled with the big white geese, as well as smaller, charcoal swans, flying in and landing, rising up again, circling, then settling back onto the water. It was as if they were practicing a dance recital. Over the next several days, some of the groups would take off and not return, beginning their journey south before the oncoming winter cold. So distracted was the young goose, he did not notice when his own flock left the lake for the last time that fall.

On the other side of the lake swam a jet-black

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