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Here is the background info for my story.—Aaron

This tale is retold from “Drakestail” in The Red Fairy Book of Andrew Lang, 1890. Lang’s version in turn is a translation of “Bout-d’-Canard” (“Duck Butt”) in Affenschwanz et Cetera, by Charles Marelle, 1888. The story, known in various forms around the world, is probably most popular in France and Spain, where it sometimes features the character “Half-Chick” in place of the duck.