Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear Prawnie, happy birthday to you! Yes, this is a present for the prawn. The tale behind the tale (tail?) is that my original idea WAY back on my birthday was that I would write Flippersteps in the Sand and finish it by its actual story end date, that being tomorrow, and say it was Prawnie's birthday present. Now those of you who are reading it know perfectly well that Flippersteps in the Sand is still in 1975! So am I gonna post 31 years in one day? Fat chance. Yom huledet sa-may-ach, yom huledet sa-may-ach, yom huledet sa-may-ach, yom huledet sa-may-ach! (That's Hebrew. ...roughly.) So, what the hey was I to do for Prawnie's birthday? I couldn't very well just blow it off, though goodness knows I'm good at that. But Prawnie's my other half! I can't forget my other half! Well some of you may know that we like to throw "torment lines" at each other over MSN, and there was a night not too long ago in which I was exploring old notebooks and found three attempts at starting this story, all of them abandoned. I shared the final attempt with Prawnie and Leyla and found that, although I had once abandoned it, I am now capable of writing it. Zum Geburtstag viel Gluck, zum Geburtstag viel Gluck, langes leben und Gesundheit, zum Geburtstag viel Gluck! (That's German- I apologize for the lack of umlauts, those being the cute little two dots over some vowels.) So, with Flippersteps in the Sand at a major roadblock, known to most as the first season of TMS, and this story just begging to be written and filled to the brim with as much comedy as possible... Hm, what to give Prawnie for his birthday? What better than this story? Heck, the first chapter and part of the second chapter were all ready written over a year ago! It's a pre-packaged story! So if my writing style is a little different than we're used to in the first chapter or two, that's why... HAPPY BIRTHDAY PRAWNIE!