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on: December 12, 2019, 07:10:35 PM
Escape Pod 709: In A Wide Sky, Hidden

Author: William Ledbetter
Narrator: Pamela Quevillon
Host: Benjamin C. Kinney
Audio Producer: Summer Brooks

This story was previously published in Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine (July 2017).


Warm liquid gurgled away and the kettle field winked off, leaving me naked, wet, and trembling in the soup kitchen’s receiving chamber. My traveling companion, Roger, waited with clothes. Humanoid in shape but impossibly thin, his eight-foot-tall metallic figure moved with an almost liquid grace as he stooped to help me into the robe. My new skin felt raw against the thick fabric, but, like the chills, was caused by the transfer and only temporary.

“Is she here?” I said while bending down to pull on a pair of quilted boots.

“No obvious signs,” Roger said and handed me a glass of bourbon.

I took a long sip and moaned as its burn saturated me from the inside out.

“Thank you,” I muttered.

His bulbous head nodded a slight acknowledgement. “You should really drink something else upon reconstitution,” he said. “Tea, perhaps. That really doesn’t help.”

“No obvious signs of her? What does that mean?” I said.

“Skimmer forty-eight found something interesting. I’ll be able to tell you more when its full report arrives in about five minutes.”

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Reply #1 on: February 27, 2020, 04:17:12 PM
As stories go, this was okay. But, I am not sure how I feel about the manipulative way the sister got the MC to go exploring.