by G. Scott Huggins
read by Wilson Fowlie
A PodCastle original!
The Century Ship burned.
From her mainmast cell, Responsibility heard the screams, and the roar of the flames.
Flames engulfing square miles of sailcloth and rope. She scrabbled at the trapdoor, but it was bolted shut.
Outside, her mother burned the ship, searching for her.
Responsibility peered out the tiny windows, but smoke filled her eyes. She tried to cry out, to shout to the dragon that she was here, was burning. But what good would it do to shout that name? Her mother knew it not. Her mother had called her…
Responsibility hid under her wings from the flames, vainly trying to remember the name that would save her.
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G. Scott Huggins teaches history at The Independent School of Wichita, Kansas. His most recent publication is the standalone short story “When the Fleet Comes,” available on Amazon from Digital Science Fiction.
Wilson Fowlie has been reading stories out loud since the age of 4, and credits any talent he has in this area to his parents, who are both excellent at reading aloud. He has been narrating stories for more people than his own family since late 2008 and has narrated for PodCastle, Escape Pod and Pseudopod, as well as StarShipSofa, Protecting Project Pulp, Crime City Central, Tales To Terrify, Beam Me Up, Cast Macabre, Dunesteef Audio Fiction magazine and the Journey Into… podcast. In real life he’s a web developer and also the director of a community show chorus called The Maple Leaf Singers.