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They Linger in the Deep

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When a young man sees his reflection in a pool as he has never seen it before, he is both mesmerized and suspicious.

Genre: Mythology


One day, he had an enticing thought. Then he chastised himself and told himself it was a silly and foolish thought. He shook his head as if shaking off the thought, but it was a sticky thought. It would not be forgotten.

And so, he leaned down closer to his reflection, closer and closer, until his lips touched the surface of the water, and the lips of his reflection.


What’s the Writing Prompt that inspired the story?
The prompt was a screen capture I took of someone looking down a deep well.  It was meant to be a reference image, but I ended up using it as a prompt as well.  And the first thought that came to mind was reflections and mermaids.  Like what if someone looked down into the waters of a lake and thought they were seeing their own reflection, but just under the surface, there really is another person... Inspired by the story of Echo and Narcissus.


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Story: “They Linger in the Deep” Copyright © 2020 by Nila L. Patel
Narration, Episode Art, Editing, and Production:  Nila L. Patel

Trip-Hop Lounge Abstract Background” by Digital Emotions (Intro/Outro)


Music by NICHOLAS JEUDY (Dark Fantasy Studio)*
“Secret water”
“Experiment 6”
“In the shadow”
“Between two worlds”


Music by ROZKOL
“Ambiet I-IV”
“Fever Dream”


*These tracks were part of a music and sound effects bundles I purchased from Humble Bundle and sourced from GameDev Market.


Music by Nicholas Jeudy licensed from GameDev Market
Music by ROZKOL is licensed under CC BY 3.0

Sound effects from AudioJungle and GameDevMarket
Vocal effects made in Audacity
Changes made to the musical tracks?  Just cropping to align with my narration.


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Episode Art Description: Digital drawing. View from below the surface of a pool looking up at a young man in a short sleeve tunic seen from waist up at a diagonal. He is gazing down. His face is reflected on the stone surface visible along the left and bottom edges. Stray water weeds cling to the rocky walls of the pool.

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