Boo to a Goose by Lbilover

Written for the 2012 B2MeM Bingo prompt 'Beasty Bingo: Goose'.


It was Pippin's fault that Bilbo's new geese got loose. His besetting sin was rampant curiosity, and he simply couldn't resist the urge to visit them in the temporary pen that housed them until they grew accustomed to their surroundings and could safely wander free. He stuffed his pockets with bread-crusts, and naively opened the pen door on the assumption that the half-dozen large white birds would stay put while he fed them.

The geese took his measure at once and charged the door, honking and flapping their wings furiously. Pippin let out a shriek, turned and fled, and such was the sight that met an astonished Bilbo and Frodo when they ran outside to investigate the racket: the young Took tearing across the garden with the honking, flapping geese hard at his heels.

Admittedly, Bilbo was disappointed when the geese abandoned the chase and took off, flying away in vee formation over the Water and into the distance, never to be seen again. But he was a kindly hobbit and placed great store in absurdity besides, so Pippin suffered no greater punishment than to be forever after referred to as the Took who couldn't say 'boo' to a goose.