The Mystery on Marigold Drive

Strange happenings in one household trigger a police investigation that reveals a deeper mystery.

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Video description: Trailer for “The Mystery on Marigold Drive.” 37 seconds. Title card with the words “Podcast Episode” and “Genre: Mystery” is displayed at top. Story tagline is displayed at bottom. Tagline reads, “Strange happenings in one household trigger a police investigation that reveals a deeper mystery.” The title card and tagline fade. Digital drawing. A street map with a few labeled elements and denser detail in the middle, which shows a grid of streets. At top center is a green area labeled “Exeter Park.” At bottom center is another green area, unlabeled. One of the streets curves down into a body of water labeled “Dragonfly Lake.” Just outside the grid, in each other cardinal direction is a circle. The circles are labeled “Circle North,” “Circle East,” Circle West,” and “Circle South,” according to their position. Radiating out from the center of the map is a web of cracks or tears. One of these cracks terminates at upper right on a house symbol on a side street labeled “Marigold.” Other parallel streets nearby are labeled “Olive” and “Park.” The original image is a horizontal rectangle. Borders are added to the top and bottom showing faded portions of the map to make the final image square. Animation: A blurred copy of map swings into view and lies over the original map, but slightly offset, and then it fades. Subtitles appear in time with music and narration at the bottom: “The next evening, the Songs came home to find an even stranger sight in their home. There was now a wall passing through their living room. It cut right through their sofa. It cut off access to the stairs leading up to the second floor. The wall had a door and windows through which they could see the other side of the living room. But they didn’t want to touch anything that might be considered evidence.” 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 March 2023

A few days later, Reggie mentioned seeing a “weird-looking dog” in the backyard when he came home from school. He looked it up and realized that what he’d seen was a fox. But if there had indeed been a fox in the yard, it had run off by the time Reena went to look. She’d never heard of any fox sightings in the town proper. But aside from a few jokes at dinner about wildlife passing through their backyard, the Songs had no further concern.

Then, items began to appear. An old-fashioned lantern lying outside in the yard. A rake that no one remembered buying. And one morning, Reena came downstairs to find a stack of plates in the kitchen that didn’t belong to the family.

What’s the Word (that inspired the story)?
Intertemporal: Describing any relationship between past, present, and future events or conditions. (source: Wiktionary)

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Story: “The Mystery on Marigold Drive” 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 NICHOLAS JEUDY (Dark Fantasy Studio)*
“Silent walk”
“Monochromatic stain”
“Cold case”
“Virtual reality”
“Investigation day”
“In search for (seamless)”
“Do or die”

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

Music by Nicholas Jeudy is licensed from GameDev Market
Sound effects from AudioJungle and GameDevMarket

Find more music by Digital_Emotions at
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Genre: Mystery, Science Fiction
Tags: Exotic Materials, Garrett, Meteor, Paranormal Investigator, Professor, Song, Torres

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