A man overwhelmed by the good but stressful changes in his life wishes he could switch places with his reflection.
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Video description: Trailer for “The Unstrange Face in the Mirror.” 47 seconds. Title card with the words “Podcast Episode” and “Genre: Horror Mystery” is displayed at top. Story tagline is displayed at bottom. Tagline reads, “A man overwhelmed by the good but stressful changes in his life wishes he could switch places with his reflection.” The title card and tagline fade. Scan of ink drawing. A man’s fractured face from neck up seen in a cracked mirror. The shard at upper right shows half of his face in shadow, wide-eyed and mouth drawn. The shard at upper left shows half his face smiling. A shard at middle shows half his mouth frowning. Subtitles appear in time with music and narration at the bottom: “If only I could take your place, I thought. And I meant it. And it startled me that I meant it. ‘If only I could take your place,’ he said to her. And I felt my gut drop. I banged against the mirror’s inside surface and I kept my gaze from straying to the darkness that surrounded me. I would have given anything to keep my wife from feeling any pain when she gave birth to our children. But I could not have allowed Reflection to take her place. I should not have allowed him to take mine.” Story title appears at top as the image blurs. Website URL appears at bottom left 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 storyfeather.com.”
Episode Released: 6 October 2022
“If only I could take your place,” he said to her. And I felt my gut drop. I banged against the mirror’s inside surface and I kept my gaze from straying to the darkness that surrounded me.
I would have given anything to keep my wife from feeling any pain when she gave birth to our children. But I could not have allowed Reflection to take her place.
I should not have allowed him to take mine.
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Story: “The Unstrange Face in the Mirror” 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 Nicholas Jeudy (Dark Fantasy Studio)*
“What’s going on”
“Let me out”
“An optimist turn of life”
“For the rest of time”
“For your smile”
“That’s my wish for tomorrow”
*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 audiojungle.net
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FROM SEASON 5 (AKA YEAR 5)
THIS SEASON’S THEME IS S.T.E.A.M.
(SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, ARTS, MATHEMATICS)
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Tags: Reflection, Shiri, twins
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