This story before we announce the winners of the flash fiction contest tomorrow, on Platypus Day, is from Jash Sen, the author of The Wordkeepers.
The platypus was confused. He had last seen his tail underwater, stiff and flat, paddling away, same as his feet. But now, here he was on land, when suddenly, he had no tail.
What could have happened? Did a lovesick rival bite it off, did he lose it, was it numb from extreme cold, a victim of frostbite? This last one was unlikely.
Watching in the reeds was a sea otter. It saw the confused platypus off, then fished out a stiff brushed, paddle shaped tail. It would do very nicely indeed. He had been worrying about his sculling speed lately.
An extra tail was just the thing.