Behind the Hour

A woman unwittingly misses the start of daylight savings, falls one hour behind, and is unable to catch up.

On this page, you’ll find the podcast episode trailer and the full episode.
And of course, a link to the source, the short story.

Video description

Video description: Trailer for “Behind the Hour.” 56 seconds. Title card with the words “Podcast Episode” and “Genre: Mythology” is displayed at top. Story tagline is displayed at bottom. Tagline reads, “A woman unwittingly misses the start of daylight savings, falls one hour behind, and is unable to catch up.” The title card and tagline fade. Digital drawing. A sphere set on a stand that’s lying on a table top. The sphere bears a pattern that looks like several atomic orbitals intersecting and jagged lines moving from edge to center. The stand bears on its front a colorful version of the intersecting orbitals pattern. The horizontal rectangular image is made square by adding a textured pattern of the sphere design in borders at top and bottom. Watermark of the word “Storyfeather” along base. Subtitles appear in time with music and narration at the bottom: “This time-keeper god was supposed to manage time by keeping the balance, not too much, not too little. But the most popular story about him was one in which his feast day approached…but not quickly enough for the god. He accelerated time in the village, by devouring it, nibbling first upon seconds and minutes, then taking sips then gulps of hours, then swallowing entire days, weeks, months, a season, then another, and suddenly, it was the day of his feast. At this point, he regurgitated the time he had swallowed so that his feast could last for an entire season.” Story title appears at top. Website URL appears at bottom center throughout and fades as 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”

Behind the Hour Storyfeather

Episode Released: 09 March 2023

On her way back to her cubicle, she called to her nearest neighbor. He didn’t answer. She walked over, leaned against his cubicle and called his name again. He kept working.

You too? she wondered. The silent treatment? For being late?

Audrey sighed. It was going to be a long day. She re-turned to her cubicle and reached for the mug on her desk. The handle was freezing. Her hand recoiled instinctively, then reached back. It was also, it seemed, going to be one of those days when every little thing would be hard.

What’s the Word (that inspired the story)?
None. I wrote this when daylight savings was about to start and was frustrated about losing an hour and decided to attempt a “ridiculous and unoriginal” story.

Storyfeather-themed merchandise
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Story: “Behind the Hour” 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 ANDREA BARONI (Cyberleaf)*
“March of the Waking Lights”
“Ground Control”
“You Were Always In The Right Place”
“Cozy Afternoons”
“Fugue For One Synthetic Heart”
“Slightly Across (No Percussion)”
“Forest Bathing”
“Night Time (No Percussion)”

Music by ALBERT FERNANDEZ (Audio Alchemist, Potion Studio)*
“Exploration Mystery (loop)”
“Exploration Mystical Place (loop 1)”
“Exploration Technologic Place (loop)”

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

Music by Andrea Baroni and Albert Fernandez is licensed from GameDev Market
Sound effects from AudioJungle and GameDevMarket

Find more music by Digital_Emotions at
Find more music by Andrea Baroni and Albert Fernandez at
Find more stories by Nila at

(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, Mythology
Tags: Audrey, Daylight Savings, Sama-sphere, Souvenir, Time-keeper

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