The smallest bird in the world embarks on a quest to recover a lost gift left to him by his mother…his true name.
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: Trailer for “The Flight of Flea.” 51 seconds. Title card with the words “Podcast Episode” and “Genre: Science Fiction Fable” is displayed at top. Story tagline is displayed at bottom. Tagline reads, “The smallest bird in the world embarks on a quest to recover a lost gift left to him by his mother…his true name.” The title card and tagline fade. Digital drawing. Composite image of various mythological figures associated with birds. Foreground center is a spark of light emitting a glow and a crown of tiny rays. Behind is a curled serpent with a frilled neck and tail facing right, representing Quetzlcoatl. Behind Quetzlcoatl, facing left, is a glowing silhouette of a bird with an ornate tail just visible and a flowing crest, representing the Phoenix. Behind the Phoenix, top half of image, center, is a humanoid figure wearing gold jewelry, with a bird’s beak for a nose, outstretched wings, and eyes closed, making the praying hands gesture, representing Garuda. Behind all the figures is the hazy outline of mountains in the distance. A watermark of the word “Storyfeather” appears over the image. An animation of glowing sparks randomly appear all over the image throughout. Subtitles appear in time with music and narration at the bottom: “When he was young and heard the stories of the mythical birds and flying beasts of legend, he imagined himself as one of them. Powerful, ferocious, graceful, wise, and heroic. He imagined that one day, he would grow up to be like Phoenix, with its flaming wings and healing tears. He dreamed of being like Quetzlcóatl, worshipped by the two-leggers who otherwise ruled over all other beasts.” Story title appears at top as the image blurs. 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 storyfeather.com.”
Episode Released: 25 August 2022
The thunderbird. The trickster raven. The creator heron known as Benu.
He was in awe of them all. And he wanted to learn to acquire their qualities. Cleverness, strength, knowledge. And wings so magnificent that all creatures great and small were gripped with awe at their sight.
But whenever he would voice such longings, he was always ridiculed, for he was so small that all who knew him called him the flea bird, and soon that became his name, “Flea.”
Story: “The Flight of Flea” 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)
Music by Jonathan Shaw*
“A Dream of First Flight”
“A Fight in the Fields”
Music by TRG Banks
“The silver bus”
“Above the Earth”
“A Tale of Wind”
“Horse ride 4”
*These tracks were part of a music and sound effects bundles I purchased from Humble Bundle and sourced from GameDev Market.
Music by Jonathan Shaw is licensed from GameDev Market
Music by TRG Banks is licensed under CC0 1.0 Universal License
Sound effects from AudioJungle and GameDevMarket
Find more music by Digital_Emotions at audiojungle.net
Find more music by Jonathan Shaw at jshaw.co.uk and gamedevmarket.net
Find more music by TRG Banks at freemusicarchive.org and bandcamp.com
Find more stories by Nila at storyfeather.com
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FROM SEASON 5 (AKA YEAR 5)
THIS SEASON’S THEME IS S.T.E.A.M.
(SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, ARTS, MATHEMATICS)
Genre: Fable, Mystery, Mythology, Science Fiction
Tags: ALLEGORY, FLEA, GATE, IRON, LOGICIAN, POLYMATH, STONE, VALE
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