The Crustacean Symphony Orchestra

The Crab Quartet

Each morning the crabs crawled over the exterior of the concert hall waving tiny musical instruments laboriously constructed from salvage.

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The Fire Brigade would be called to blast them off with salt water cannons, whereupon they would set out for the Opera House, bearing a dugong.

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When one morning they arrived with a brass section of seahorses, it was finally understood they thought of themselves as a symphony orchestra.

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The doors were flung open, and the Crustacean Symphony Orchestra hid under every seat in the concert hall. A king crab showed up to conduct.

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The king crab conductor waved a pipefish, and crab eyes on stalks popped up to follow its every move from between the legs of the audience.

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The symphony was a dry affair, all creakings and scrapings – and such wheezings! as of a ship at sea, but not one afloat on an ocean of water.

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The king crab was interviewed by ouija board, and explained the composer was a gifted young cicada, who communicated with them telepathically.

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The king crab thought the cicada lived on a world which only had seas of dust, and the ships on those seas were built of fossil wood and bone.

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At first, none of the crabs had wanted to play its music, but the cicada’s thoughtwaves were very powerful, and its melodies very beautiful.

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