- "Seven Losses of Na Re" by Rose Lemberg
- "When I Had Eyes, I Didn't See" by Anna Yeats
- "The Sepulcher Out of Sea" by Eric Shattuck
Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019
Genre: Horror, Trifecta
This week the Drabblecast brings you three stories about shipwrecks, murder, and Nazis. It’s a Losses and Sacrifices Trifecta!
Seven Losses of Na Re
This is a brooding look back on things taken, things lost, and things always remembered.
When I Had Eyes, I Didn't See
My life is described by the music of mute violins. When my parents married, my great-grandfather, may the earth be as a feather, ascended the special-guests podium, cradling the old fiddle to his chest. “And now the zeide will play the wedding melody,” they said. “A special blessing,” they said, a sgule, a royal blessing. But the bow fell from his fingers.
This story is chilling tale about perception, murder, and an old, creaky elevator.
The Sepulcher Out of SeaI had eyes once.
Before the Lift-man came.
Now I have knobs, smooth and black and round as pegs. I touch them with my fingertips and try to remember what it felt like, having eyes. If I push one knob in, the other one pops out like the elevator buttons used to do.
A seaman marooned in a haunted land, struggling to maintain control of his crazed crewmen and their new, dead captain.
When the gale has finished tearing at us, and the hull has ceased its moaning, we head abovedeck to find our warship cradled in the boughs of an enormous tree. There is no sign of the fleet, no hint of sea. There is scarcely anything to be seen through the steaming fog which surrounds us.
The captain is lost—swept overboard without a sound, and with him the boatswain and two of the gunnery crew. As quartermaster, command of the Lanfranco falls to me. The next morning, I resolve to throw down the rope ladders and scout our surroundings in pairs. Yet no sooner do we set out than the cry goes up; the boatswain’s body is found.
Produced: Norm Sherman
Episode Art: Cesar Valtierra
Read by: Stephanie Malia Morris on "When I had eyes", Nick Camm on "Sepulcher," Nicola Seaton-Clark on "Seven Losses."
Music by: Kevin MacLeod