Starling and Leveret

Starling and Leveret investigate the sudden disappearance of the legendary Tortoise of the famed race between the Tortoise and the Hare.

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

Video description

Video description: Trailer for “Starling and Leveret.” 56 seconds. Title card with the words “Podcast Episode” and “Genre: Fable” is displayed at top. Story tagline is displayed at bottom. Tagline reads, “Starling and Leveret investigate the sudden disappearance of the legendary Tortoise of the famed race between the Tortoise and the Hare.” The title card and tagline fade. Digital drawing. Two figures facing forward.  A leveret, or young hare at left, standing upright and holding out human-like hands in a clawed pose.  A starling, a black bird, at right, standing with wings folded, body in left profile and extending off frame to the right so that the tail feathers are not visible. Both have eyebrows, which are drawn down. At left behind the figures is a doorway or opening with only darkness visible beyond. The horizontal image is made square with border bars above and below displaying distorted faded partial copies of the main image. Watermark of the word “Storyfeather” along the top of the left wing.  Subtitles appear in time with music and narration at the bottom: “Starling found herself standing in a cavernous chamber with a solid curved roof. It seemed as if it once might have been cozy, but now, it was covered in cobwebs and dust. There were dim torches burning along the curved walls. Five open doors were arrayed around the chamber. The little black bird realized that she was inside Tortoise’s shell. Specifically, she was in what looked to be his receiving hall for visitors. In a few moments time, she was joined by Leveret, who shot through one of the doors and landed beside her.” 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: 23 February 2023

“Is it true that you once beat Hare in a foot race? It can’t be true. But is it true?”

Tortoise sighed.

He continued walking along as the little black bird flapped around him. She landed on a nearby branch.

“I’ve heard that you’ve seen the world from above as a bird does when she’s flying. Is that true? How did you do it? It can’t be true. But is it true?”

What’s the Word (that inspired the story)?
Leveret: a young hare (source:

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Story: “Starling and Leveret” 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)

“In Tranquil Spring”
“Checking Inventory”
“Spinning Tavern”
“Midnight Creeping”
“Treading the Unknown”
“Lingering Evil”
“Cold Sanctuary”
“Land of Misdeeds”
“Encounter of Misdeeds”

“Mystical Town”
“Haunted Town”
“Mining Town”
“Shady Town”

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

Music by Chris Logsdon 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: Fable, Fantasy
Tags: Chamber, Cobra, Hare, Leveret, Peacock, Raven, Robber, Shell, Starling, Tortoise

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