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<span> Furello and Kelton found themselves on a dimly lit trail. Huge trees dripping moss from their limbs formed a canopy overhead. </span> <span> The air smelled of sweet wildflowers. </span> <span> The trail twisted upward through the mass of tree trunks. </span> <span>They had traveled only a short distance when they heard a beautiful sound. </span> <span> Listen, Furello said softly. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  Where is it coming from? Kelton wondered aloud. </span> <span> He spun around, looking for the source of the enchanting music. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> Furello stood still, spellbound by the magnificent concert. </span> <span> Cascading piano notes floated through the sky to gently merge with the sighing of violins. </span> <span> Let s find where such wonderful sounds come from, he said. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> Entranced, they left the path. </span> <span> Beneath the trees the brush was thick with sharp reeds and brambles. </span> <span> Kelton howled when a thorn pierced him, but still they pushed forward. </span> <span>The music grew louder with each step. </span> <span>Finally they came to the edge of a large clearing. </span> <span> They raised their heads and blinked in awe. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> In the center of the clearing, a musician swayed to the music. </span> <span>The music seemed to come from him, but he did not have any instruments visible. </span> <span> He was all alone except for a small bird perched on his head. </span></p> <p> <center> <img id="image_20" src="image_s_20.jpg" onfocus="this.src='image_f_20.jpg';" onblur="this.src='image_s_20.jpg';" alt="Furello meets a musician with a small bird on his head." tabIndex = 0> </center> </p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> When he saw Furello and Kelton, the music stopped. </span> <span>  What do you seek? he asked. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  We are trying to find where the beautiful sounds come from, replied Furello. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  Ah, I see. </span> <span>He paused. </span> <span>  I am the one who creates the music. </span> <span> Would you like to hear some more--perhaps a symphony or a sonata? </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  I would love to, Furello said eagerly. </span> <span>  But how do you make music without any instruments? </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  There is really nothing to it, said the musician lightly. </span> <span>  I merely think very hard about what I want to hear, and it simply flows out of me into the air. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  That s fantastic! exclaimed Furello. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  It s nothing so special. </span> <span> Anyone could do the same if he or she really tried. </span> <span> He swept his body into a graceful posture and music danced from him. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> The last notes of the music had not died before Furello blurted out the question,  Is making music the most important thing in the world? </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  It is to me. </span> <span>The musician replied simply. </span> <span> He smiled in such a way that it hinted he knew some special secret. </span> <span>  Listen, he said. The whole forest hushed when he spoke. </span> <span>The sound of softly blowing horns filled the air. </span> <span> From his body a soft sea of sound rose clear, round notes reaching upward like steps. </span> <span> Sighing violins breezed through the climbing notes and scattered them through the air. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> Furello listened in awe to the powerful symphony as the sea of horns erupted into gigantic waves of sound. </span> <span> At first, the music was peaceful, but as the horns blew louder, the crescendo broke and the notes flew wildly about like raindrops in a storm. </span> <span>The music steadily grew noisier until it began to screech like glass scraping against steel. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> Kelton lowered his head, trying to escape the terrible clamor. </span> <span> Stop! </span> <span>Stop! he wailed. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> Equally shocking as the fearsome noise was the confused expression on the composer s face. </span> <span> What s wrong? shouted Furello, trying to be heard above the noise. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  I...I don t know, stammered the musician. </span> <span>  Sometimes I just can t keep things under control. </span> <span> Oh, my. </span> <span>How frightful! </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> The noise grew so loud that Furello and Kelton could not stand it any longer. </span> <span>They spun from the musician and plowed back through the thorny hedge that lined the clearing. </span> <span>The brush tore at their fur, but they did not slow down until they reached the trail. </span> <span> Here, the distant clamor sounded only like the creaking of unoiled machinery. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> The two comrades briskly walked up the trail, panting as the path grew steeper. </span> <span>The noise had long since died away when Kelton moaned,  We ve been climbing for hours. </span> <span> I am an elk of the sea, and I m not used to such long walks, especially on trails such as this. </span> <span>Please, let s stop and rest for awhile. </span></p> <br> <br> <br> <a href="chapter_15.html">Click here to go to Chapter 15.</a> <br><br><br> <!-- #EndEditable --></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" bgcolor="#000000"> <table width="100%" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tr> <td><a href="http://www.host-central.net"><img src="../images/template_design_r6_c1.jpg" width="773" height="22" border="0"></a></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </body> <!-- InstanceEnd --></html>