PC066: One Paper Airplane Graffito Love Note

By Will McIntosh.
Read by Christopher Reynaga.

A paper airplane drifted high in the sky above the field. I nearly crashed my bicycle, straining to follow its path as it circled above the treetops at the far edge. It held the wind beautifully. Pausing, it hovered over the field just as a sea bird holds its position above crashing waves.

I slowed to a stop, feeling for the ground with one foot, afraid to take my eye off the craft lest I lose it in the clouds. Neck craned, eyes to the sky, I let the bicycle drop. I tracked the paper’s elegant flight, running this way and that like a boy as it slowly, slowly lost altitude.

As it made its final pass, it gained speed, careening across the field. I loped after it as it tumbled end-over-end and lay still.

I plucked it from the grass.

It was folded in a distinct design–squat and wide, with a hinged belly. It was covered in writing.

Rated PG. for surrealism appearing through several fractured narratives.

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  1. 1

    D.J. said,

    August 22, 2009 @ 5:36 am

    Oh dear me, what a boring mess.

  2. 2

    Mari Mitchell said,

    August 22, 2009 @ 10:21 am

    Rachel, you are nothing more than a mist from which a voice comes from. You are that feeling that someone is watching over my shoulder when I read. Stop it. It is not polite.

    Alasdair Stuart on the other hand… He has tussled, thick hair, pale skin, and wears and open poet shirt. We won’t go into his other attributes for fear it would slip into more than a PG rating.

    And until I met either of you in the flesh… that is all you are and all that you will ever be.

    I thought this was very well read.

    I felt this had touching imagery. What an unusual love story. It is both easy and hard to love a muse.

    I loved so much of this story. It proves that somewhere my stories are real. I always thought so. Reality colliding with someone else’s dreams, become one.

    The ending is perfect. I know you hear how hear how an opening to a story is so important? However a good ending lingers in the air and coats your soul like a rare perfume.

  3. 3

    Gia said,

    August 22, 2009 @ 2:32 pm

    It dragged a lot in the beginning, but finding bits of your life everywhere you turn is an interesting concept. I think I might have liked the story a lot more if it focused on that instead of using is as an excuse for the guy to get cryptic love letters.

  4. 4

    phignewton said,

    August 23, 2009 @ 2:13 am

    ahem… i thought it worked.

  5. 5

    Apollo said,

    August 23, 2009 @ 4:40 pm

    I this episode was delightful. It was full of all the heartache and strangeness of a Haruki Murakami story. It’s the highlight of Podcastle this year for me.

  6. 6

    scatterbrain said,

    August 23, 2009 @ 5:01 pm

    “Oh dear me, what a boring mess.”

    Couldn’t agree more D.J.; I’ve loved everything by McIntosh but this this was so…boring. How can a Will McIntosh story be boring? It’s impossible!

    Also, why does every story that Pod Castle presents from Strange Horizons always about dull and slow-witted semi-professionals who have trouble getting laid?

  7. 7

    BrainWyrms » Blog Archive » Several days of Podsuming said,

    August 24, 2009 @ 1:46 am

    […] PC066: One Paper Airplane Graffito Love Note […]

  8. 8

    Natasha said,

    August 25, 2009 @ 12:50 pm

    Agreed with D.J. – boring mess indeed! Film critic Nathan Rabin came up with the phrase “manic pixie dream girl” to describe “that bubbly, shallow cinematic creature that exists solely in the fevered imaginations of sensitive writer-directors to teach broodingly soulful young men to embrace life and its infinite mysteries and adventures” so popular these days, and I think that description perfectly applies to Anna. Just another stock character from Central Casting, boring and predictable. Yawn.

  9. 9

    Frozen Truth » Podcast Selections: It’s Story Time said,

    November 13, 2009 @ 8:44 pm

    […] great quality month after month. One of my favourite episodes is Will McIntosh’s “One Paper Airplane Graffito Love Note“, a story that is reminiscent of Haruki Murakami’s […]

  10. 10

    the best podcasted short fiction of this year - nora at inkstain said,

    November 30, 2009 @ 2:42 am

    […] One Paper Airplane Graffito Love Note by Will McIntosh. A strange romance story set in a world very like our own about a woman whose life becomes a part of movies. It’s beautifully written. […]

  11. 11

    Narration: “One Paper Airplane Grafitto Love Note” by Will McIntosh on Podcastle | Christopher Reynaga's Magical Reality said,

    January 9, 2013 @ 5:55 pm

    […] PC066: One Paper Airplane Graffito Love Note […]

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