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on: February 25, 2020, 06:36:42 PM
Escape Pod 720: Child and Orb

Author: James Dunham
Narrator: Alethea Kontis
Host: Tina Connolly
Audio Producer: Summer Brooks

Escape Pod 720: Child and Orb is an Escape Pod original.


The child spent most of her time watching the empty stars from the pod window. They were always nothing but distant, dead glitter–not a planet, cloud, or rock, not a fleck of wreckage from the explosion. With only one window, she often wondered whether, if there had been another vista at the rear of the two-room pod, she might still be able to see the spinning pieces of hull and conduit, see that glove someone hadn’t gotten a hand into in time.

Even though the stars ahead never grew closer, she knew the pod kept moving. A display in a lean-to showed speed, fuel, and probably a destination, though none of the numbers meant much to her. The windowed orb that had carried her onto the pod told her what she needed to know–the pod was heading to meet another ship, still weeks distant. She appreciated that the orb hadn’t lied to her the way adults sometimes did, to make her feel better or to give her time to adjust. Instead it told only the truth.

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Reply #1 on: March 03, 2020, 07:12:52 PM
This one was hard to read! I was very concerned for the child, and I think it brought at least one flashback to my own childhood, protesting about something that I then never got the chance to do. (nothing too traumatic, but it felt like it was at the time)