Drabble: The Forbidden Symphony – by Anna Salonen

by specklit

Sweat ran down Maestro Zithra’s brow. They had played parts of the Forbidden Symphony before, but this was the first time they would perform the piece in its entirety.

The first movement passed without incident.

Five people fainted during the second.

The third movement sent a dozen members of the audience into convulsions.

At the first notes of the fourth movement, a noxious gloom descended, solidifying into a monstrous being. It raised its claws and growled.

Then Perkins, the triangle player, struck a false note.

The thing disappeared.

Only half the audience went mad.

Maestro Zithra considered it a success.

Author’s Note: One day, at the Symphony…


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