PodCastle Miniature 28: Elf Aware

by K. Tempest Bradford.
read by Marguerite Croft.

“I am an elf,” you say to yourself. “I am an elf, I am an elf, I am an elf…”

You keep saying it, first in your mind, then aloud. Over and over. A mantra. “I am an elf.”

You are not an elf. You know this. You do not have pointed ears, you cannot do any sort of magic, you aren’t even the right hue. You’ve never heard of a black elf. Everything is against you. But you think that if you keep saying this to yourself, maybe it will come true. Maybe.

Rated G. The last story of elf month.

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9 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    L33tminion said,

    March 30, 2009 @ 2:28 pm

    Know that aphorism about “show, don’t tell” in narrative fiction? Whoever wrote this piece evidently missed that one.

    I think this is my least favorite episode. At least it was brief.

  2. 2

    scatterbrain said,

    March 31, 2009 @ 4:52 pm

    “Rated G. The last story of elf month.”

    Thank Christ!

  3. 3

    Miranda McKennitt said,

    April 2, 2009 @ 8:30 am

    Bad. Bad it is I say.

  4. 4

    Jennifer said,

    April 3, 2009 @ 4:26 pm

    Sigh. Literally peters out at the end!

  5. 5

    Dave (aka Nev the Deranged) said,

    April 14, 2009 @ 10:13 pm

    So, this not-quite-a-story could have done without the “there are no black elves” bit, because a) there are, and have been for a long time, and b) it was redundant after the previous line “you aren’t even the right hue”- it got the point across, with the added benefit of letting the listener put themselves- whatever their hue- into the narrator’s shoes. Obviously, based on the author’s resume item “professional black person”, it was a deliberate, if heavy handed, choice.

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    Alethea Kontis said,

    April 20, 2009 @ 3:35 pm

    I adored this piece. Marguerite had the perfect voice for this.

  7. 7

    The Fix | From the Podosphere: March 2009 said,

    April 23, 2009 @ 11:22 am

    […] Miniature, “Elf Aware” by K. Tempest Bradford (read by Marguerite Croft) is a very short contemplation of being an […]

  8. 8

    Rochita Loenen-Ruiz said,

    April 23, 2009 @ 11:56 am

    I thought this was poignant. Beautifully read as well.

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    tristam said,

    May 2, 2009 @ 2:44 pm

    What a great voice Marguerite Croft has. I’d like more stories read by her.

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