The Thief, The Fairy, and The Raven

As penance for a recent crime, a thief is tasked with carrying a most precious and coveted treasure to a place where no mortal may tread.

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 Thief, The Fairy, and The Raven.” 45 seconds. Title card with the words “Podcast Episode” and “Genre: Fairy Tale” is displayed at top. Story tagline is displayed at bottom. Tagline reads, “As penance for a recent crime, a thief is tasked with carrying a most precious and coveted treasure to a place where no mortal may tread.” The title card and tagline fade. Digital drawing. Two figures facing forward seen from waist up. The figure at left, face in three-quarters profile facing left, has her arms raised, but bent, the left one in front of her and the right one with hand near her face, fingers loosely flourished. One of her brows is raised. She wears shoulder guards and elbow length gloves. The figure at right, standing slightly behind, bears a quiver of arrows on his back, has pointed ears, and has an arrow knocked and ready to fire. Behind them is the silhouette of a bird with wings outstretched seen from above. This lies over an opening shaped like a three-pointed arch. A haze of fog surrounds the figures up to their shoulders. Watermark of the word “Storyfeather” along the arrow quiver.  Subtitles appear in time with music and narration at the bottom: “And so began the thief’s battle with the fairy. He cast spells upon her, but she was able to counter, for she was still a mage. She cast spells to hinder and foil the fairy. And he was able to counter her as well. They battled that way for hours. The thief-as-mage managed to keep the fairy away from the feather, but she could not keep it up forever. She was still mortal and would have to eat and rest. The fairy did not seem to be tiring.” Story title appears at top. Animations: magic that bursts from center out during the first few lines, first a white burst with butterfly silhouettes, then a sheet of ice over the image that cracks and bursts, then a burst of fire. 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: 17 February 2023

The thief fell from the tower’s upper window. She had lost her precarious grip on the pitted brick. She remembered that she should roll herself up into a loose ball to protect her head and neck. But by the time she remembered, she had already struck the first branch of the tree in the orchard below. Then she struck another and another. Scratched and thrashed and bounced about, she finally reached the ground, thankful that the soil was soft. She lay there for far too long a moment. The breath had been knocked out of her. And she feared moving for fear she might discover that she could not.

But she heard voices, shouting, lights coming on, the barking of dogs from the other side of the courtyard.

What’s the Word (that inspired the story)?
Evenfall: the beginning of evening; twilight; dusk. (source:

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

Story: “The Thief, The Fairy, and the Raven” 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)*
“Elders wisdom”
“Jesters dance”
“Back in the village”
“Infinite land”
“Written in stones”
“Into wild lands”

Music by ALBERT FERNANDEZ (Audio Alchemist, Potion Studio)*
“Exploration_Cave (loop)”
“Exploration_Forest Of Magic”
“Humorous_Stealth (loop)”
“Locations_Medieval Tavern Song”
“Battle_1_normal (loop)”
“Holy_Hymn (loop)”

*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 and Albert Fernandez is licensed from GameDev Market
Sound effects from AudioJungle and GameDevMarket

Find more music by Digital_Emotions at
Find more music by Nicholas Jeudy and Albert Fernandez 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: Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Mythology
Tags: Afterworld, Evenfall, Fairy, God, Netherworld, Penance, Soul, Thief, Watcher

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