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Crabs: The Human Sacrifice by Guy N. Smith

By Guy N. Smith

The women Listened carefully. The wetlands have been silver and shadow within the moonlight. The salt marsh grasses rustled. Out at the mudflats, curlews referred to as mournfully. the woman Shivered. The incoming tide trickled and lapped up hidden creeks. quickly the wildfowl will be winging down, the waders feeding and squabbling on the water's side. the lady Struggled. Despairingly, she pulled on the ropes that held her, bare and spreadeagled, a human sacrifice for the Crabs. large, eaten away through the mutating affliction that doomed them, they have been returning, dragging themselves out of the water, purpose in simple terms on tearing aside and devouring their enemy: guy.

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It was silent. By morning it was purring to itself. Two bugs had been installed while I slept, one at each end of the flat. Armstrong's buggers — pun intended — had drilled into the outer wall and placed their instruments in the bores. Since I had no one to talk to it hardly mattered at the moment. I sat on the edge of the bed, thinking over what my father had said about diversion and disguise, so casually, as though every journalist learned such elementary tricks as part of the trade. My thinking was that any useful disguise must be devised long before it is needed, the method settled and the materials on hand ready for use.

It was silent. By morning it was purring to itself. Two bugs had been installed while I slept, one at each end of the flat. Armstrong's buggers — pun intended — had drilled into the outer wall and placed their instruments in the bores. Since I had no one to talk to it hardly mattered at the moment. I sat on the edge of the bed, thinking over what my father had said about diversion and disguise, so casually, as though every journalist learned such elementary tricks as part of the trade. My thinking was that any useful disguise must be devised long before it is needed, the method settled and the materials on hand ready for use.

Why? " He retired into one of his moments of sorting complexity into segments his legman could assimilate. "He wastes nothing, especially information and the flux of opportunity. The highly publicised deaths of C Group killed Project IQ; we other Groups did not offer the spectacular returns of transcendent intellect, so the taxpayers' interest in an expensive failure turned politically acrid, but he is not a man to close any account without profit. It is our opinion — A Group's opinion — that he hopes even yet to find a use for us.

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