The Cavern Traveler

A woman seeking medical treatment for what seems to be a travel-related infection in her foot becomes involved in a grander mystery.

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Video description: Trailer for “The Cavern Traveler.” 49 seconds. Title card with the words “Podcast Episode” and “Genre: Science Mystery” is displayed at top. Story tagline is displayed at bottom. Tagline reads, “A woman seeking medical treatment for what seems to be a travel-related infection in her foot becomes involved in a grander mystery.” The title card and tagline fade. Digital drawing. Black silhouette of a figure seen from the back standing at the mouth of a cavern. The mouth has a rough trapezoidal shape. Light shines into the cavern from outside. The cavern has smooth walls. Some trees and shrubbery are visible outside. To the left of the silhouette is a translucent mirror image copy of the silhouette. The two figures are connected and overlap at one foot, below which is aglow. The original image is horizontal and rectangular. A border was added at top and bottom to make the shape square. A version of the original image was magnified and color-shifted. Animation: Glowing dust motes float over the image throughout the video. Subtitles appear in time with music and narration at the bottom: “‘I haven’t told you about the dreams,’ Seyyal said. ‘That was the first night I had one. I was walking barefoot in what felt like the same cavern I visited, only it looked different. Yali, it was beautiful, and there was this moss that grew all over the place, covering every inch of rock. It felt soft and bouncy under my feet. And it smelled mossy too. And the moss was this lavender color, and it was glowing. And it was…singing.’” 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”

The Cavern Traveler Storyfeather

Episode Released: 17 March 2023

“Is there such a thing as hallucinogenic moss?”

Seyyal raised her brows as she asked the question, and watched her cousin’s fork freeze in mid-air. They were having their usual monthly brunch and catching up with each other. And Seyyal had already somewhat updated Yalanda about the subject that had been occupying her mind since she’d gotten back from vacation, her left foot.

Yalanda set her fork down and leaned forward. “Okay, am I about to get the real story about your vacation?”

What’s the Word (that inspired the story)?
Overmorrow: the day after tomorrow (source:

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Story: “The Cavern Traveler” 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)*
“Fugue For One Synthetic Heart (No Percussion)”
“Slightly Across (No Percussion)”
“Forest Bathing”

“All the Answers”
“Night Caves”
“Featherlight (remix – vocals by Heather Feather)”
“Waves of Sleep”
“Awkward Silences (version a)”

*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 is licensed from GameDev Market
Music by Lee Rosevere is licensed under CC BY 4.0

Find more music by Digital_Emotions at
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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, Science Fiction
Tags: Cave, Cavern, Lavender, Moss, Purple, Seyyal, Tirsa, Traveler, Yalanda

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