All the Mirrors Are Broken

A private investigator who thinks she’s chasing a thief realizes that her case may be linked to her own uncanny past, and a truth she may not be ready to face.

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And of course, a link to the source, the short story.

Video description

Video description: Trailer for “All the Mirrors Are Broken.” 47 seconds. Title card with the words “Podcast Episode” and “Genre: Mystery” is displayed at top. Story tagline is displayed at bottom. Tagline reads, “A private investigator realizes her latest case may be linked to her own uncanny past, and a truth she may not be ready to face.” The title card and tagline fade. Digital drawing. A woman seen from the left, crouching and picking up a shard of glass. She wears a knee-length coat which flares down from the waist. More shards of glass lie on the floor. She holds a small notebook in her left hand, and wears a ring with a stone on her right hand. At top left, glass shatters outward from left to right above her head. On the wall or surface behind are faint elemental symbols. A watermark of the word “Storyfeather” appears along bottom edge of coat. Subtitles appear in time with music and narration at the bottom: “Before he even opened the door, I saw it. Blood. It was smeared along the edge of the bathroom door and around the knob. He pushed the door opened and I gaped. The bathroom mirror was obliterated. There were no shards of glass. Only pebbles and grains. And all of it was swimming in a sticky pool of dark maroon blood. Blood was spattered along the walls. I wasn’t an expert, but I would have been willing to bet that the spatter pattern indicated that the blood had exploded out from the mirror.” Website URL appears at bottom center throughout and fades as story title appears at top and text box appears at center displaying the words, “Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Spotify, Stitcher, and so on. Or listen on my Podcast page at”

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Episode Released: 19 May 2023

She didn’t let me into her house, but she did give me the trash bag with the broken shards of the mirror. And she did agree to take a picture of the mirror’s remnants with my camera. (She frowned when Iteased her not to steal it.) My phone had a better lens than that old camera, but this wasn’t the first time someone didn’t let me in somewhere, but did agree to take pictures for me.

I nodded to myself as I reviewed the pictures. I would be able to put the shards back together again. And compare them to the other mirrors I’d reassembled.  I could already guess what I would find.

What’s the Word (that inspired the story)?
1) Associated with something by chance rather than as an integral part
2) Botany, Zoology. Appearing in an abnormal or unusual position or place, as a root.

Storyfeather-themed merchandise
T-shirts, mugs, stickers, notebooks, baby onesies, and more featuring artwork from the stories.

Story: “All the Mirrors Are Broken” Copyright © 2019 by Nila L. Patel
Narration, Episode Art, Editing, and Production:  Nila L. Patel

Trip-Hop Lounge Abstract Background” by Digital Emotions (Intro/Outro)

Music by NICHOLAS JEUDY (Dark Fantasy Studio)*
“Cold case”
“Genetic marker”
“Connecting dots”
“In search for”
“Under the mask”
“Neon city”

“80s Synth Ambient 01 C”

“So Cold”

*These tracks were part of a music and sound effects bundles I purchased from Humble Bundle and sourced from GameDev Market.

Music by Nicholas Jeudy and Tao and Sound is licensed from GameDev Market
Music by Rafael Archangel is licensed under CC0 1.0 Universal License
Sound effects from AudioJungle and GameDevMarket

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(Stories centered on an intriguing word and its meaning)

Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, an embossed circle with the Storyfeather feather logo, a feather quill shaped like the letter "f" with a drop of ink hovering below its tip. The circle is bordered with dots and dashes and casts a shadow. To the right of the image, the word "Definitions." At top right, the word "Year." Below "Year," the numeral "6."

Genre: Mystery
Tags: Brule, Diamond, Dimension, Mirror, Officer, Private Investigator

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