Madam Pantoflae

When rumors and gossip surround the newest resident of town, particularly about her mysterious habit of hiding her feet, one girl dares to seek the truth.

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

Video description

Video description: Trailer for “Madam Pantoflae.” 37 seconds. Title card with the words “Podcast Episode” and “Genre: Mystery” is displayed at top. Story tagline is displayed at bottom. Tagline reads, “When rumors and gossip surround the newest resident of town, particularly about her mysterious habit of hiding her feet, one girl dares to seek the truth.” The title card and tagline fade. Digital drawing. Composite image. At bottom center, three children stand clustered together seen from waist up. From left to right: A boy with short hair holding a mug in his right hand at waist level, wearing a collared shirt. A girl in a dress with her hair pinned back holding a cup between her hands in front of her. Another girl in a dress with her hair in a high braid, with left arm held across herself and her chin propped under her right fist. Surrounding them at bottom of frame are flames. Behind them and above their heads is the oversized figure of a woman, seen from shoulders up, facing forward in three-quarters profile. She has short wavy hair and a cap-style hat with a sword-shaped pin. Four sets of four vertical lines pass diagonally behind the whole image. Watermark of the word “Storyfeather” along the band around the hat.  Subtitles appear in time with music and narration at the bottom: “Can’t you all see that she isn’t like the rest of us? You’re so focused on her feet that you haven’t see how her eyes glow at twilight, like a cat’s or a dog’s, and her ears are different. She always keeps them covered too, but I saw them once, when she bent to pick up an apple she’d dropped at market. One ear peaked out from under her hair, and I swear to you, friends…it was pointed.” 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”

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Episode Released: 02 March 2023

“Ah yes, Madam Pantoflae. She of the delicate foot. Have you heard? A witch placed a curse upon her feet, and the curse can only be counteracted by the wearing of enchanted boots.”

Katherine Lovelace sighed a long and long-suffering sigh at the girl who’d spoken. They two, and the several other children gathered at the Baker house for the first party on the cusp of winter, were gathered around the small fireplace in the receiving room.

In the few months since the new resident had settled into town, the infamous Madam Pantoflae had been the subject of many rumors.

What’s the Word (that inspired the story)?
Pantofle: a slipper (source:

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

Story: “Madam Pantoflae” Copyright © 2018 by Nila L. Patel
Narration, Episode Art, Editing, and Production:  Nila L. Patel

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

“Midnight Creeping”
“Visions of Freedom”
“A Bitter Hope”

Music by BENJAMIN CARR (Scythuz)*
“Underwater Template”
“Ancient Ruins”
“Ice Cavern”
“Ghost Town”
“Dwarven Settlement”

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

Music by Benjamin Carr and Jonathan Shaw is licensed from GameDev Market
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: Feet, Katherine, Madam Pantoflae, Pantoflae, Quest, Rumor

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