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Author Topic: EP635: After Midnight at the ZapStop  (Read 104 times)
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« on: July 06, 2018, 11:58:42 AM »

Escape Pod 635: After Midnight at the ZapStop

AUTHOR : Matthew Claxton
NARRATOR : Eric Luke
HOST: Tina Connolly


When the guy with the horns came in, I knew it wouldn’t be a good shift.

He scowled when the ZapStop’s doors refused to slide open for him. Ignoring the late-hours doorbell, he pounded one meaty fist on the shatterproof polycarbonate. The young woman beside him, hands tucked into the pouch of her hoodie, shifted uncomfortably.

I considered leaving them standing in the parking lot, but much as I’d like to have the ten p.m.-to-six a.m. shifts uninterrupted by customers, they were kind of the point. I hit the door release and let them in.

Under the bright store LEDs, I could see the forehead ornaments were new. Big, curling ram’s horns, straight out of a Rocky Mountain wildlife doc, joined across his forehead to give him a perpetual frown. Faint pink lines traced the graft below his hairline and just above his eyebrows where the whole mess had been slapped into place.

Typical frat boy, in other words. At least horns were less awkward than last year’s fashion for antlers. We’d lost a few ceiling tiles to those.

“Help you with anything?” I said.

Listen to this week’s Escape Pod!
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« Reply #1 on: Today at 10:08:59 AM »

This was a fun story with science fiction elements nicely integrated.
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« Reply #2 on: Today at 12:11:21 PM »

Great story. I liked the characters, the futuristic tech, and the ending.
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