As soon as Splash saw The Shellies message board he walloped back along the sand to deliver the message: 'Quick, quick. Skipper says that he has found something beginning with 'E' in the reading room.'
'I bet that he has seen an elephant !' shouted Barnacle.
'But what would an elephant be doing in the reading room?' questioned Crabby.
'Looking at books of course!' suggested Pearl.
Everybody apart from Crabby thought this was indeed possible. Crabby stormed off to read the message board for himself. Upon returning he grumbled, 'elephant my foot. They have found some epigrams.'
'Oh! do they look like elephants?' enquired Star.
'No,no, no, they are much shorter, their ears aren't that long and they don't have trunks,' answered Barnacle.
'What fiddlesticks,' interrupted Crabby, 'epigrams aren't animals, they are witty or clever sayings some are poems.'
'But Crabby if they are clever or witty sayings, how do you know what they are?' giggled Pearl.
Just as Crabby was about to answer, Barnacle blasted, 'Ahoy shipmates! Whilst surfing the net I've found a few epigrams. If you hadn't been chit chatting Crabby you could have caught a few yourself.'
Straightening his waistcoat Crabby gave a loud whistle, smiled and quietly suggested that Barnacle recite the epigrams.
Winking at his pals Barnacle commenced: ' Lets start with this:
'There once was a woman named Bright
who traveled much faster than light.
She set out one day
in a relative way
and came back the previous night!'
Laughter rang out loud from the pals.
'I wonder if Zoe knows what she has won yet? asked Splash.
Crabby replied, 'I heard a whisper that she has won the mystery prize.'
'Gosh how lucky,' sighed Pearl.
After a few moments the Merry Crew returned to their search for epigrams. Barnacle suggested that a song might help them along and before Crabby could object the music commenced.
Authors Ian and Marie.