He found the strange seeds in a corner of his barn, and planted them to see what would happen.
He couldn’t identify the vines that grew from them, nor the hard, waxy fruit that they put out. He decided to call them witch melons, and waited to see what would happen.
One morning in late summer, the vines were empty. He thought deer or raccoons had gotten to them, until he found the strange creatures in his yard. They had green carapaces and soft, red bellies, with scorpion-like pincers and fish tails.
He raised them, to see what would happen.

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