Short Story: Penned #1 – The Nutquacker


You didn’t think we’d leave it there, did you?!

The Rub-a-Duck Saga seemingly concluded this summer with an exciting fourth chapter, A Quack in Time – but every end is a new beginning. The story closed with Penn wandering the Earth alone in 2076, determined to find the duck and return to his own time… and frankly, that’s too good a premise not to follow up on. While there’s no guarantee we’ll ever get around to making another Rub-a-Duck film, that doesn’t mean the story has to end there. Not if you don’t want it to, anyway.

Introducing “Penned”, a brand new series of short stories telling the tale of Penn’s extraordinary journey. They’re not essential pieces of the Rub-a-Duck puzzle, but instead will serve as snapshots that ‘drop in’ on Penn’s adventures, supplementing the narrative and pushing events further forward. We’re building to something… whether or not we make it there, well, that remains to be seen!

What better place to start though than with a Christmas special – something we’ve been wanting to do with Rub-a-Duck for a long time, but never found an idea that truly worked. Until now! Get your reading goggles at the ready, sit back and relax, and enjoy this unexpected festive treat loosely inspired by Tchaikovsky’s ballet!

On a cold Christmas Eve in Colchester, a young girl called Clara meets a strange man known as “The Nutquacker”. But just where does he come from, and what is his obsession with a magic rubber duck…?

Download: Penned #1 – The Nutquacker (bookfold)


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