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The musicians did their best but they were inherently a grubby bunch. Designer tux’s couldn’t disguise the fact that up until yesterday these men had lived in abject squalor. None of this mattered of course; the group were skilled with their instruments, hence why they had been selected for that special night. The Grand Ecdysis Ball.

A special (and surreptitious) injection had provided the musicians with an uncanny resistance to fatigue. Six hours into their performance they were still strong and as the clock struck one, the audience completed their grotesque transformations. The hideous spider people had reached full maturity.

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    Bryan Thomas about 3 years ago

    Initially, I thought it was The Rolling Stones! ;o)

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    op ruoho about 3 years ago

    As long as they're not snake-people, I could probably continue to enjoy their performance despite the transformation. lol Reminds of some kind of European folk tale that I have yet to read/have only heard of.

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    Elizabeth O. Smith about 3 years ago

    Creepy creepy stuff Dx but, I also have an aversion to spiders haha. Great drabble, keep it up!

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    Drew Martyn about 3 years ago

    Beautifully grotesque :)

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    Horrorshow about 3 years ago

    Thanks for the generous comments everyone! :-)

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    Brandon Sutton about 3 years ago

    Maybe it is just because I didn't know what "ecdysis" meant before reading this, but the end really shocked me. Great drabble!

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    Horrorshow about 3 years ago

    Glad you liked it, Brandon! Thanks for the kind words. :-)

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    Horrorshow about 3 years ago

    Thank you to all who read and voted for, "The Grand Ecdysis Ball" to make it Drabble of the Week #31!

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    Drew Martyn about 3 years ago

    A worthy winner Horrorshow, I love the way you write and the range of your styles and subject.

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    Horrorshow about 3 years ago

    Extremely kind words from such a talented writer as yourself, Drew. :-)

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