The trees are singing. Their song is filled with ancient memories of the future as it is now. They won’t stop singing, even in death.
Listen to this, and attempt to guess at or recreate the stories that each movement tells (if you are not already familiar with them), or do something else entirely!
Movement titles for reference:
- The Sea and Sinbad’s Ship
- The Kalandar Prince
- The Young Prince and The Young Princess
- Festival at Baghdad. The Sea. The Ship Breaks against a Cliff Surmounted by a Bronze Horseman.
As the story goes on, the narrator comes to realize that the protagonist seems to know of his existence as well as the reader’s, but does not act upon this information. The narrator attempts to investigate this, and accidentally stumbles upon something much deeper.
Like the infamous short story “The Tell-Tale Heart”, upon a person’s death, anyone who happens to be in the vicinity of the recently deceased body can still hear their heartbeat for a couple minutes longer as their spirit rapidly dissipates from the realm of the living. You are unfortunate enough to barely survive a bank robbing and witness a person get shot point blank in the head. The weird thing is, you nor anyone else hears their heartbeat at all.
Killing the cat isn’t a very polite thing to do, you know, so don’t do it. Please.
Shooting stars aren’t falling meteors at all, but actual, dying stars that have been plucked out of the sky and dragged down to the earth. You discover a newly fallen star and find something inside the hard, smoking metal exterior.
“Don’t use that tricycle, kids, or you’ll blow up into itty-bitty pieces!”