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on: May 25, 2020, 12:42:40 AM
PseudoPod 704: Resilience

Author: Christi Nogle
Narrator: Dani Daly
Host: Kat Day
Audio Producer: Chelsea Davis

PseudoPod 704: Resilience is a PseudoPod original.

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Jason gets home while I’m at the sink. He comes up behind me, holds me around the waist, and tickles the side of my face with his soft new beard. We watch the young squirrels shake a tree branch, listen to them chatter through the open window. They zoom across the front yard and across the street. 

“How was it with Dr. Emory?” asks Jason. He already realizes his slip. “Watson, sorry.”

“Watson-Newcamp, actually. She’s wonderful, just as promised,” I say.

As soon as I say it, I wonder if I mean it. The new doctor, just thirty or thirty-five, struck me as someone I might do yoga or lunch with, but she spoke just as slowly and gently as Dr. Emory. Her round eyes were so dark you almost couldn’t make out the pupils. 

“I’m glad he left you in good hands,” says Jason. I think he might stay and talk, but he has chores too. He takes the garbage and recycling bins out the back door, then our son Simon comes rumbling down the stairs. That’s all I see of either of them until dinner. 

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Reply #1 on: May 25, 2020, 02:36:51 AM
Oh, lord, this story freaked me out.  I can’t remember the last time a PseudoPod story affected me so strongly.  From the scene where the narrator starts eating the algae, all the way through the end, I found it deeply disturbing.  I made the mistake of listening to it as I was lying in bed.  I didn’t get to sleep for a really long time after that.

In case it isn’t clear, I say all of the above as praise.


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Reply #2 on: May 25, 2020, 06:10:33 AM
I should know better but just a warning, don’t cook or eat while listening to this story. Lol. Do you ever read a story where you were fine just putting a tortellini bake together but all of a sudden all these feelings are coaxed from you. From disgust to curiosity to empathy. This was sooo good. And as usual made even better by a host commentary that speaks of all the things you do not have the language to articulate.


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Reply #3 on: May 25, 2020, 06:36:38 PM
Until now, I have never been queasy listening to a story.    :-\

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Reply #4 on: July 21, 2020, 07:23:35 PM
This narration was smooth, and it gently dragged me into The protagonist’s nightmare. That description of the fish tank? Spot on! And it triggered all kinds of nastiness within me. Bravo, eh.  :o

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Reply #5 on: January 29, 2022, 02:28:23 PM
My husband and I were talking about starting a fish tank.

Then I remembered this story...