Chapter 10 “The Friendly Exile of Captain Squid”
As so the circus toured the oceans with Squid as its main attraction but a peculiar development shattered the harmony of his existence. He developed an enormous appetite causing him to devour huge quantities of food wherever the circus set up for a show. His voracious appetite for plankton and krill placed local food supplies in jeopardy threatening the survival of local populations where the circus was performing and the performers themselves. Popularity and acclaim for Squid was a huge asset for the circus but starvation of performers and locals was very threatening. After all the fate of the circus hung in the balance.
Squid would have to depart. As there was really no other choice there were no hard feelings. Preparations were made for a friendly exile. What could Squid do being exiled from his loved ones? Never again would he see Glorp the fattest sea snail ever seen as his best friend.
Do not fear. Heartless exile was not the order of the day. Squid and octopi are compassionate and kind creatures perhaps more than any other creature in that mix of hydrogen and oxygen commonly referred to as water. Nurd, the senior manager of the circus, was a powerful and respected squid with contacts and connections befitting his social standing. It just so happened Nurd was well acquainted with some equal powerful members of the dinosaur community above. With some hard bargaining a sparkling position was secured for the vulnerable Squid.
Dinosaurs were avid dancers and their culture thrived upon that activity. Squid had a vast experience choregraphing dance numbers with clams. In fact the clam dancers were so successful that they defected from the circus and set up the Coon Clux Clam dancing troupe. The Clam had offered Squid a huge salary and unlimited access to krill but he had refused feeling his first loyalty was to the circus. The dinosaurs were excited with having Squid amongst them as they had seen the Clam perform. So they jumped at the opportunity to give him a rare opportunity. Squid was to assume the position of the red Astairrexorous School of Dancing and Mime. Before leaving he gave his last aquatic performance as a benefit for the handicapped members of the Mackerel Institute. Morosely mumbling his good-byes off the headed to a new chapter of his life with the dinosaurs in the “above world”.