The Daring MacAllisters

The MacAllister brothers fly a classified mission to recover an object that might end up being a thorn in their sides.

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: 54 seconds. Scanned watercolor painting. Two people seen from the back stride forward down a concourse toward the cockpit of some vehicle that is partially visible. They have the same hair color and are wearing the same outfit—jeans and blazers with the same logo on the back, a sword sprouting bat wings. Each holds a helmet in one hand. To their right and front, two people in lab coats are walking in the opposite direction, one of them holding a report. To their left and front, a man in overalls wearing ear coverings and holding a toolbox also walks in the opposite direction from the central figures. Alert lights at the end of the concourse glow. Watermark of the word “storyfeather” lays over the image. Title card over the image displays “Podcast Episode” and “Genre: Science Fiction” The words fade away, replaced by the story’s title. The title fades. Subtitles appear in time with music and narration at the bottom: ‘Now, I know what you’re thinking. Sounds like I’m sending you on quest to find amythical, magical thing growing on some golden rose on a verdant mountain guarded by nymphs and monsters.’ Chester turned to his brother. ‘I’ll take the nymphs.’ ‘I’ll eat the monsters.’ Another quieter round of chuckles passed through the much emptier room. ‘The nickname has a purpose,’ the general continued. ‘This thing will be a thorn in all our sides, if we don’t retrieve it and contain it. A thorn made of gold is a valuable thing, but at a price. Thorns are prickly, sharp, unyielding. They only have one purpose. Defend. At all costs.’” Text box appears over image displaying the words, “Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Spotify, Stitcher, and so on. Or listen on my Podcast page at” Website URL appears at bottom right throughout and fades as the text box appears.]

The Daring MacAllisters Storyfeather


“We know where it is. We’ve known for a while. We just can’t get to it. It would require some fairly fancy flying.” The secretary crossed his arms and gazed at the faces of the officials surrounding him.

“Then what are we still waiting for? Let’s throw some Mac n’ Cheese at it,” the old general said, cracking a pistachio and adding the shells to the napkin he had neatly laid on the conference table.

The secretary smiled wryly. “Based on their scores, that’s exactly what we’ll be doing.”

Story: “The Daring MacAllisters” Copyright © 2017 by Nila L. Patel
Episode Art: “The Daring MacAllisters” Copyright © 2017 by Sanjay Patel
Narration and Editing:  Nila L. Patel

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

Music by Andrea Baroni (Cyberleaf)*
“Ground Control”
“Fugue for One Synthetic Heart”
“Forest Bathing”

Music by TRG Banks
“After midnight”
“Smooth jacket”

Music by Lee Rosevere
“Cosmic Drifting”
“Max Flashback”

*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 TRG Banks is licensed under CC0 1.0 Universal License
Music by Lee Rosevere is licensed under CC BY 4.0
Sound effects from AudioJungle and GameDevMarket

Find more music by Digital_Emotions at
Find more music by Lee Rosevere and TRG Banks at and
Find more music by Andrea Baroni at
Find more stories by Nila at


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Genre: Science Fiction

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