Three children embark on a desperate quest to win a wish, but there is a terrible price for making that wish come true.
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: 45 seconds. Scanned watercolor painting. At the bottom, the tiny figures of three children are seen from the back as they gaze up the trunk of a massive tree. The top half of the image is the tree’s thick canopy, through which nothing can be seen. The kid at left is wearing a backpack. The kid in the middle has a ponytail and is wearing a belted dress. The kid at right is wearing a pointed cap and a strap is visible hanging from the left shoulder across the back to the left hip. Watermark of the word “storyfeather” lays over the image. Title card displays “Podcast Episode” and “Genre: Fantasy” The words fade away, replaced by the story’s title. The title fades. Subtitles appear in time with music and narration at the bottom: “She had read and read deep into the night until the words started spinning around and she felt dizzy from the need to rest and sleep. But she had found what she was looking for. She had found the real reason why the trees stopped being used. The ancient peoples, their ancestors, had discovered that the price of making wishes—even seemingly selfless wishes—was the manifestation of the worst things that existed in world, monsters.” Website URL displays at bottom & fades at end as a 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 storyfeather.com.”]
“Is it me, or does it look like it’s breathing?”
Raj placed a hand on his pointed cap to keep it from falling off as he looked up the trunk of the most immense tree he had ever seen in his life. It would probably take fifty kids to stand around it and hold hands to surround the trunk. He gulped. Meg was right. It did look like it was breathing. Maybe it was just because of how big it was. Looking up at it was dizzying. That might have been what was making the tree look like it was breathing. At least, Raj hoped so.
Story: “The Quest of Nine Days” Copyright © 2016 by Nila L. Patel
Episode Art: “Thaumadendro” Copyright © 2016 by Sanjay Patel
Narration and Editing: Nila L. Patel
Music by Dark Fantasy Studio (Nicholas Jeudy)*
“Shadow forest (seamless)”
Music by Andy Ray*
“Casual Theme #3 (Looped)”
“Casual Theme #2 (Looped)”
“Medieval Theme 1 (Looped)”
Music by Komiku
Music by Unnamed Artist(s)*
“Medieval Track #1 (looped)”
“Medieval Track #2 (looped)”
“Scary Theme #4”
“Epic Battle #1 (No Drums)”
“Epic Battle #1”
*These tracks were part of a music and sound effects bundle I purchased from Humble Bundle and sourced from GameDev Market.
Music by Komiku licensed under CC0 1.0 Universal License
Music by Andy Ray, Dark Fantasy Studio (Nicholas Jeudy) and the unnamed artists is licensed from GameDev Market
Sound effects from AudioJungle and GameDevMarket
Find more music by Digital_Emotions at audiojungle.net
Find more music by Komiku at freemusicarchive.org and bandcamp.com
Find more music by Andy Ray, Nicholas Jeudy, and the unnamed artists at gamedevmarket.net
Find more stories by Nila at storyfeather.com