This episode is a part of our Tales from the Vaults series, in which a member of PodCastle’s staff chooses a backlist episode to highlight and discuss. This week’s episode was chosen by associate editor Sofia Barker. “The Newsboy’s Last Stand” originally aired as PodCastle 365.
The Newsboy’s Last Stand
by Krystal Claxton
She stood up on her tip-toes, extending a slightly wilted white daisy up to Romulus, her whole body pointed and straight in the effort of reaching something that was entirely beyond her reach.
For his part Romulus knelt down and took the flower and gave her a sad smile and watched her run back across the street. And even though he had another line of news, it was sad, so he called it quits for the day and went home. He put the daisy in a jar of water and ate his cake from the bakery (yes, the bakery, not the cakery) and went to sleep.
About the Author
Krystal Claxton (she/her) is a Cloud Security Engineer with unfortunate aspirations involving fiction, words, and publishing. Her work is available to read (for free!) at Cast of Wonders, Factor Four, Nature Futures, and many other fine venues. Her latest work is “Feint and Flourish” in The Colored Lens (issue Autumn 2020) and her story “Flight of the Silverbird” is forthcoming in Galaxy’s Edge. Keep up with her at KrystalClaxton.com.
About the Narrator
Graeme has been involved with Escape Artists for many years, producing audio, hosting shows, narrating stories and keeping the websites going. He was born in Australia, although people have identified him as English, American and South African, amongst other nationalities. He loves the spoken word. Graeme lives in Melbourne, Australia with his wife Amanda, and beautiful boy dog, Jake.