Rated PG. Kind of a Temple of Doom PG.
by Nathaniel Lee
Handel, the barman, tucked a pair of half-pennies into the pouch at his waist and turned to regard the boy as he approached. The young man had the look of a servant of some kind, though he wore no livery or sigil. Clean and healthy, at least, if a bit old for squiring or apprenticeship.
“Yuh?” Handel said by way of greeting.
The boy blinked pale green eyes at him, the color of mown grass. “My master, Sir Timor, requires lodging for the night. He begs a small room and four stalls in the barn.” With a clink, the boy set down a golden sovereign on the bar. Handel tried not to choke; the coin was enough to rent every room in the ramshackle two-story building.
“He has a fair… a fair few horses, eh?” Handel’s voice was unsteady, but his hands made the coin disappear with barely a whisper of motion.
The boy shrugged. “Don’t get too excited. You’ll probably need the extra coin for the repairs.” He headed for the door again. “I’ll get him settled, and then I’ll come back for his meal. Get some vegetables in it; I’m sick to death of meat.”
“Wait!” Handel had accommodated a fair few Knights and would-be Lords in his day, and this was not going according to the pattern. “He’s staying in the barn?”
“It’s an oath. Very important.”
About the Author
Nathaniel Lee (aka Nathan Lee) is one of the busiest members of the genre fiction podcasting community. His bio says he puts words in various orders and intermittently receives money in return. His fiction can be found in dozens of venues online and off, and he serves as Editor at the Drabblecast. A full bibliography can be found at his writing blog, mirrorshards.org
About the Narrator
Elie Hirschman is a self-described “former aspiring voice actor” who has worked with Darker Projects and Dream Realm Productions and is also involved in Cool Fool Productions, turning bad audio scripts into intentionally bad comedy gold. He’s currently still active in all EA podcasts (including Cast of Wonders) and also appearing semi-regularly in the Nosleep Podcast. He doodles constantly but doesn’t draw enough and moved from the Western Hemisphere to the Eastern Hemisphere against his will and better judgment (but has never been in the Southern Hemisphere).
Elie was born in New York City and raised just outside of it. He started down the voiceover path in 2004, with formal voiceover and marketing training by Creative Voice Development Group. His professional voice work ranges from children’s educational material to real estate advice website audio, with a scientific article and a guided tour of a Polish salt mine thrown in for good measure. In his free time, Elie enjoys cartooning, listening to old-time radio drama, and referring to himself in the third person. By this time next year, he will also have mastered speaking in future perfect tense.