The Fortunate Little Leaf

Shadowy spirits called the umbra hold back winter and famine from the town, but they do so at the cost of the town’s soul. Now, one little girl must face the umbra.

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: Duration is 25 seconds. Scanned watercolor painting. At bottom center, a little girl bearing a basket in one hand and a lit torch in another is running along level ground. In front of her runs a dog, whose head is turned back toward the girl. At the top of the image are the shadowy faces of six people looking down at the girl and the dog. A watermark of the word “storyfeather” lays over the image’s center. The words “Podcast Episode” and “Genre: Fairy Tale” are displayed in front of the image. The words fade away, replaced by the story’s title. The title fades away. Subtitles appear in time with narration at the bottom of the screen: “They knew what awaited them in the forest. There were hungry things. And not just beasts. There were wild spirits called umbra who could thrash and devour. The six did not know that they had been betrayed before ever they set foot outside of their town.” The website URL appears at the bottom and fades only at the very end. At the video’s end, a text box appears over the image displaying the words, “Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and so on. Or listen on my Podcast page at”]

The Fortunate Little Leaf Storyfeather

Once upon a time, a town that sat nestled near the foot of a mountain, surrounded by forest evergreen, ran out of food and fuel in the midst of a deadly winter. They were not poor, the people of this town. They were not foolish with their provisions. The winter had just lasted far longer than any in the realm had expected. Every season of that year was winter. Many perished.

Story: “The Fortunate Little Leaf” Copyright © 2016 by Nila L. Patel
Episode Art: “Umbra” Copyright © 2016 by Sanjay Patel
Narration and Editing:  Nila L. Patel

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

Music by TRG Banks
“Packed lunch”

Music by Lee Rosevere
“Night Caves”
“Under Suspicion”
“Chillin’ in the Forest”

Music by Unnamed Artist(s)*
“Exploration_Forest of Magic”
“Locations_Village (loop)”
“Cue_Nature 2”
“Journey into Fog (looped)”

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

Music by Lee Rosevere is licensed under CC BY 4.0
Music by TRG Banks is licensed under CC0 1.0 Universal License
Music by the unnamed artists is licensed from GameDev Market
Sound effects from AudioJungle and GameDevMarket

Find more music by Digital_Emotions at
Find more music by TRG Banks and Lee Rosevere at and
Find more music by the…uh, various unnamed artists at
Find more stories by Nila at

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For more podcast episodes, visit the Storyfeather Podcast page.

Tags: Anise, Cane, ghost, grandmother, spirit, umbra
Genre: Fairy Tale, Horror

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