The Station Companions

Two technicians working alone to maintain an Arctic monitoring station begin to see something they shouldn’t be seeing…a third resident of the station.

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 Station Companions.” 46 seconds. Title card with the words “Podcast Episode” and “Genre: Mystery” is displayed at top. Story tagline is displayed at bottom. Tagline reads, “Two technicians working alone to maintain an Arctic monitoring station begin to see something they shouldn’t be seeing…a third resident of the station.” The title card and tagline fade. Digital drawing. At left, two people, facing front, before a large monitor with a glowing screen. Both have mouths drawn into an o-shape and brows raised.  The monitor sits on a tabletop that extends across the bottom of the screen. Other items on the table are a clipboard with loose pages atop it; a rack with three test tubes, two partially full, one capped, one containing a scoop or stirrer; and an instrument, partially visible. The person at left is only seen from neck up, body obscured by the monitor, and is wearing a faux fur collar and glasses. The second person is seen from waist up with left arm resting on the tabletop, glancing to the right where a large distorted humanoid shadow stretches from top to bottom. The shadow wields a wrench in a raised hand. At top left is an overhanging light with a single bulb and a string switch hanging down. The bulb is off.  A wide bar of dim light extends diagonally from top right to bottom left. Subtitles appear in time with music and narration at the bottom: “When we walked into the room, we heard the local alarm still beeping. I switched on the lights while Andrew stepped toward the pump. I heard a splashing sound. We glanced down. The floor was flooded with maybe an inch of water. I could hear it slowly draining away through the floor grate on the opposite side of the room. The room was a step lower than the hallway. That was why the water hadn’t spilled into the hallway. ‘Careful,’ I said, glancing around the room to make sure there weren’t any live wires. There shouldn’t have been, but I was on edge. All I could picture was that empty plate in the hallway.” Story title appears at top as the image blurs. 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: 2 December 2022

Andrew saw it first. About a month into our six-month rotation maintaining the company’s Arctic monitoring station. He was doing weekly maintenance on all the pumps on the north side when he thought he saw some motion. At first, he thought he’d just imagined something.

Season 6 Theme is DEFINITIONS
What’s the Word (that inspired the story)?
Frigorific: causing or producing cold

Storyfeather-themed merchandise
A parrot shaped like a pterosaur, an adorable green and blue baby dragon, a narwhal, a humanoid butterfly, a hippocampus in shades of bubblegum-pink-and-blue, just to name a few.

T-shirts, mugs, stickers, notebooks, baby onesies, and more featuring artwork from the stories.

Story: “The Station Companions” 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 ANDREA BARONI (Cyberleaf)*
“Ground Control”
“March Of The Waking Lights”
“Forest Bathing”

Music by ALBERT FERNANDEZ (Audio Alchemist, Potion Studio)*
“Exploration_Dark (loop)”

“The Escape Room Full Version”
“Armageddon Full Version”
“The Jigsaw Full Version”
“Following Clues Full Version”
“Investigation Full Version”
“Now Way Out Full Version”

“Level 6”
“Level 4”

*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, Albert Fernandez, Ficus ProSound, and Chris Logsdon is licensed from GameDev Market
Sound effects from AudioJungle and GameDevMarket

Find more music by Digital_Emotions at
Find more music by Andrea Baroni, Albert Fernandez, Ficus ProSound, and Chris Logsdon at
Find more stories by Nila at

(Stories centered on an intriguing word and its meaning)

Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, an embossed circle with the Storyfeather feather logo, a feather quill shaped like the letter "f" with a drop of ink hovering below its tip. The circle is bordered with dots and dashes and casts a shadow. To the right of the image, the word "Definitions." At top right, the word "Year." Below "Year," the numeral "6."

Genre: Mystery
Tags: Andrew, Arctic, Granola Bar, Gremlins, Monitor, Pumps, Station, Storm

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