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« on: September 21, 2018, 05:49:16 PM »

Escape Pod 646: Subtle Ways Each Time

AUTHOR : Y.M. Pang
NARRATOR : Peter Behravesh
HOST: Tina Connolly

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A man loses a woman.

It’s happened a thousand times before and it’s phrased like this nine hundred times. A man loses a woman. As if she were car keys, an umbrella, a scraggly doll in the arms of a child. A literal and grammatical object to be lost. Let’s find a truer cliché. It takes two to tango. Let’s try again:

A woman discards a man.

Raised voices in a summer-boiled attic. Old records, lovingly collected, smashed up like jagged pieces of skyscraper windows. They’re in his mother’s house, gazing down at the familiar yard, the scent of peach blossoms wafting through the window. They’d played there on wobbly toddler legs, cussed out teachers as teens wearing cut-off jeans and crooked baseball caps, shared their first kiss in the shadow of the peach tree and afterward neither could say who initiated it or who was more surprised. Little fights dogged them throughout those nineteen years, but children’s minds are better at forgiving and worse at carving scars.

Only during that fateful day in the attic did they say things that couldn’t be unsaid, voice words their adult brains forgot how to forgive.


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« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2018, 04:13:40 PM »

I think we've had some pretty similarly themed time travel stories to this one here in the past, but as was mentioned in the WorldCon episode, that's ok when they are both good stories. I was happy with the ending, and glad he was finally able to let go. Do you think the switch from saving the earth to leaving it had to do with her wanting to get away from him? Maybe even unconsciously?
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« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2018, 12:44:43 AM »

I liked this story. I thought it gave a very interesting perspective of a person trying to regain something lost, only to realize that their loss is a gain for others and so letting go of their heart's desire for the benefit of all.
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