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Title: PseudoPod 802: Laughter Among the Trees
Post by: Bdoomed on March 19, 2022, 08:46:51 AM
PseudoPod 802: Laughter Among the Trees (

Author: Suzan Palumbo (
Narrator: Premee Mohamed (
Host: Karissa Sluss (
Audio Producer: Chelsea Davis (

“Laughter Among the Trees” was previously published by The Dark Magazine on February 1st 2021. 

The highway to the campground cuts through the granite Laurentian Plateau like a desiccated wound. It’s been twenty five years since I’ve retraced this road and, though the comfort stops along the route have been expanded and stream lined, the forest and rock remain the same; Ancient, silent and unflinching. 

I was fourteen when we retreated South West on this stretch to the suburbs of Toronto – me in the back of my parents’ station wagon, the emptiness of Sab’s seat corroding our ability to speak. I couldn’t look through the rear window as we sped away. I didn’t want to acknowledge we were abandoning the search — leaving Sab behind.

 Now, as I pull into a rest stop a hundred kilometres before the park, the nauseating mix of hamburger and exhaust churning my stomach, I know going back for my sister is all I have left.

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