77 - A Stranger
A stranger's presence disturbs the radio station. Plus, an appeal for support from the mayor, another edition of Children's Fun Fact Science Corner, and a look at the community calendar.
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hello from my laptop in Los Angeles on Halloween which is where and when I am this has been an amazing week for us tonight Phil novel debuted at Number four in the New York Times bestseller list just below take a rally and I really don't know what to say about that just thank you thank you so much for that I have to live show announcements for two opposite sides of the world like actually opposite like if you take one of these places and go to a website that tells you what the opposite side of the world as it will be the other place check out that website its five first place New York City we've done our new live show over the world and now we're ready to bring it home for some big hometown shows with a full band version of desperation many guest stars and most importantly the voice of my fil Cecil Baldwin there will be three special shows Friday Saturday and Sunday January twenty second twenty third twenty fourth this will be the last time we performed this script in this hemisphere 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that comes is a person telling us it will be possible to come back to Australia and New Zealand due to storage and that's it for me be sure to check out what I feel the call for links to both Scott and her YouTube channel recordings of her previous life shows info for where you can buy the book and pretty much everywhere also donation of posts even if the show and all the artists were going at our store where we are always adding and moving we are to be a first base including for Halloween night Phil Taro parts yes I hope you had a Happy Hollow and I hope a lot of things and hey thanks we know when Duke loses so does adore so do all the other doors and windows the house is alive and it doesn't know you and it is skater well go the the uh uh the uh the the the the the the the the the the the today's top story there's a strange person standing in the lobby of our radio station this person is standing still in front of the reception counter receptionist Lance keeps asking the stranger if they need anything or if they are here to see anyone the stranger has an Aunt Moo Lance said that he never saw all the stranger enter he looked up and the stranger was just there about eight feet away from Lance's deaths The stranger has eyes that are darker than some people's eyes but lighter than other people's lives the same could be said about the stranger's hair teeth clothing lips and skin the stranger stands with their arms at their sides weight distributed evenly across the hips a rigid but casual stance the stranger can be seen breathing it is hard to say what exactly the stranger was looking at it is even harder to say what the stranger walks Lance told me he would update me on the stranger and I will do the same for you listeners now it's time for another Children's Fund backed science corner did you know that over seventy percent of the Earth's surface is water it's true scientists believe that the other thirty percent is some kind of animal hide their data shows that the world's continents comprise the leathery back of a slow moving ocean beast they don't know specifically what kind of beast but scientists hope that it's cute or at minimum non venomous and fairly easy to take care of scientists are hoping they're wrong about all of this but given that there are scientists that's pretty much impossible lest the Beast reveal its true nature please walk gently and speak softly so as not to alert it to your presence this has been Children's Fund backed science corner Mayor Dana Cardinal announced this morning that she has been in touch with neighboring city desert Bluffs it's a disgusting town with terrible people and we will no longer speak of them she would have announced if she were me but here is what she actually said what does it mean to be a good neighbor named for the answer sounds that the sale of that we avoid eye contact and are sturdy toys and call centers for reporting suspicious activity how far out as needed and sixteen because they kept my friends' phones in using trained parrots to record all their activities does that make me a kind person and neighborly person hey guys but what about beyond what we can see who can see how far does that Pena sixteen the city to the ice at the end of our block to the tips of the people of Nate Beyer the chance to help the I had been approached by a fence to the north wait I'm being told it's not to the north to the east the action the Why it change its a sch the nearby friends in the study the hardships the people of Gaza blacks are in We Are All In This Together ninety a sickness can spread whether that sickness is viral or economic we must not ignore and neighbors and friends the City Council to negotiate low interest loan to desert class approximate civic fan would do the scene for us the passion it is because my heart is full blood device and boisterous is because my lungs are full of words if they sound like I am eating because my mouth before the break you and get anxious I am happy for him talking but to do and dare I hope people support you need others in whatever direction the people support the decisions the mayor Cardinals deputy Trish huge said there would be no questions she then picked the mayor up into her arms pulled her cloak across their huddled bodies and ran through the crowd bowling over journalists and onlookers and some random jogger who thinks he's better than everyone else because the exercises publicly the City Council has already registered their opposition to the mayor's plan to help desert Bluffs City Council issued their own statement which was to stomp into their room slammed the door and play Rhianna very loudly I have to say I agree with the City Council on this issue listeners I understand Mayor Cardinals concerned about desert Bluffs struggling economy and she is a very kind and sympathetic person but as the poet Robert Frost once said Good fences Make Good neighbors really strong fences with razor wire and turrets keep those neighbors out and frost was right I support Dana on most issues but I say save your sympathy for your own townspeople an update on the stranger standing in our lobby the stranger is still standing in our lobby Lance approach them but grew scared the stranger stood so still that it became impossible to drive contacts from motion or activity any sound movement the stranger might make would be completely divorced of linear narrative or conventional meeting at any moment the stranger could suddenly lurch or shriek without apparent cause thus the clinching terror Lance felt as he neared the person involved Lance mentioned he could hear preaching it wasn't labored but it also wasn't quite it was a person breathing let's confirm I'm not entirely sure how late it's confirmed I'm also not entirely sure how anyone can confer any day show let's just go with what Lance as listeners if you've been trying to call in to the station and on I apologize as Lance is too frozen in fear to do much of anything he thinks he sees the stranger moving but he also thinks he does not he is desperate for some explanation of this person's presence in our lobby but he is receiving on Lance is now crying but without tears is screaming but without sound he wants to gain the courage to touch the stranger to hit the stranger to punch and punch and kick and claw at the stranger he wants to feel the relief a release from the madness of mystery he would rather experience actual pain than wait any longer in anticipation of the unknown Lance wants to slide but he cannot he doesn't remember the last time he exhaled is not sure of what is real so he is sorry if you keep getting her voicemail here at the station it's been a rough day or on this soon but first let's have a look at this week's Community Calendar Thursday afternoon there is a free ice cream social for all members of the Illuminati if you are body please go to the secret underground bunker there will be ice cream and streamers and of course a body ball tournament if you are not Illuminati please disregard this notice may be just stock up on some bottled water and bullets and hope for the best Friday night dark ale Records will host the nineties fashion night everyone is required to non ironically wear t shirts and hats from the nineteen nineties which were originally ironically worn t shirts and hats from the nineteen seventies owner Michelle when asked that everyone be as sincere as they can be irony will not be tolerated only study museum like one puffy truck caps with clever with the systems like Hey beer or I like highway or dog along with airbrushed pictures of rattle snakes eagles hot glue guns and screen doors when asked that I not invite the public to this event of I should've read the whole press release before reading that and just received a new press release from charcoal owner Michelle when announcing that the event has been canceled because people know about it sorry Michelle on Saturday struck score formerly a desert Bluffs Corporation and now a business owned and operated by beings who are definitely not angels will be the headline sponsor of a new program called Free upgrade a weekly community event where anyone can hear opera at no cost in fact you don't even have to go to the new Old Opera House to hear opera will be broadcast from the municipal loudspeakers which are located on every residential block in the city and with in most presidential hopes on Sunday the night the opera will be running their most popular program offer a free day where citizens are relieved of all operate for twenty four hours no one is allowed to play in the opera cattle or armed soldiers from a private army soldier Corporation will walk the streets making sure no one is playing in the opera his offer of one arm soldier will ask the others I don't know another will reply Could that be all broke another will ask let's go check out all say lifting their rifles and approaching what will appear to be an automated car wash Monday doesn't really matter nothing ever did the silent and look upward to the sky as if it had your answers it is not the sky is as dumb as rocks really you'll figure that out early Monday morning as you possibly choose to experience the day in spite of its pointless ness mumbling all else remains to do you love brushing your teeth and now word from our sponsor Today Show is sponsored by Well it's sponsored by your bomb she's really nice and she mailed us a ten dollar bill to sponsor the show that's well below our usual advertising rate here at the station but your mom was just the sweetest she also wrote a letter saying that she hopes you're having a fun time listening to the show she knows is your favorite radio program all and once you do know that she loves you very much all your home also wants to know if you're still seeing that boy he's bad news and she doesn't like his tattoos not that people with tattoos are bad that's not what she's saying but what you think his skin to look like when he's sixty she added what do you think anyone's skin will look like when they're sixty she said repeatedly she asked several quiet sad questions about the process of aging then she said she cares for you no matter what she just wants you to be happy this message has been brought to you by your mama good news listeners I've just learned that the stranger standing in our lobby has finally moved unfortunately the stranger has begun walking slowly toward thus the stranger raised one arm in perceptive Lee at first about the time to hand it was nearly brushing Lance's neck plants realized it and leapt out of the way Lance he is currently standing behind his rolling chair watching closely for the strangers next move even though the stranger is moving so slowly as to appear emotionless it's like the old adage about the fraud in the frying pan I mean they say if you put a fraud in a frying pan and then turn the heat very gradually then you're a sociopath who takes pleasure in the torture of innocent animals go easy on the frauds ok they're adorable and ecologically important but also easy to trick him to die oh my goodness its listeners I must check my colleague but first I must take you to the weather though the the the the The the the the and it is the only the the the show jux shower the the the case case the listeners we found Lance he was curled into a dark corner of the storage closet his eyes dulled his drawl slack is Graeme all unnaturally long a stranger who had stood so quietly so still in the lobby before is now nowhere to be seen likely they are still in this very building ready to show themselves again at any moment I bent down and talk Lance's hand he was always a good perception test well it wasn't that great I mean there's no national receptionist ranking system home i suppose to know I've never done it myself the receptionists of OT for all I know about the field by Lance was a good man he loved movies he always dreamed of moving to Hollywood and becoming a makeup artist for major motion pictures he loved doing makeup but it was a dream as he could never figure out where was or how you're supposed to get most bus drivers would stare blankly at a ticket it's not I've ever seen it's possible and just invented it to take his mind off of the tedium of daily life either way is makeup skills in handy as he did himself up just like that poor girl in the closet from his favorite documentary The Ring plaid skirt and white shirt long hair and grotesque corpse face he really nailed it I told him Good job decline of the storage room and said thanks I told him someone and he'll go there famous artist he didn't say anything we stood in silence for several minutes I'm taking a education class at the Community College about the conversation they said every good conversationalist to find five to seven straight minutes of no speaking in order to let others talk Lance is taking that same class so we both gave the other person room to speak for those long silent minutes finally our intern Kate entered and told us her roommate called to say there's a stranger standing just outside their apartment door the stranger isn't moving or speaking and woke to the Kate said she needed to take off early to deal with this she said this several times each iteration slightly louder slightly more strange to have a great rest of your date Kate Lance has returned to his work feeling better I asked him to check for missed calls as the light for the voicemail was rapidly blinking to indicate it was full we apparently received dozens of calls from night fell residents reporting strangers standing silent and the new face in their homes or sitting in the back seats of their corners a few residents were in their bats in the middle of the night when they turned and found a stranger there lying beside the empty eyes staring at nothing not moving this nurse the baby take a moment to check outside your front door checked for a silent strange face in your window or just around the corner at the end of the old way perhaps take an agonizing look into hoo in case make sure there if their fetus well the patient they move pretty slowly it turns out you know what maybe high until the stranger least it'll be fine but maybe hide or run away maybe just huddle down close your eyes and hope won his seat near right now stay tuned next for the sound of human greed A which is probably just your own publicly as always it's good nite nite fail good night the A list production of Night Vale presents it is written by Joseph ng and Jeffrey trainer and produced by Joseph and the voice of Night Vale is Cecil Baldwin the voice of Dana was to seek a Nicole original music by distortion all of it can be found at desperation dot info or desperation Band Camp dot com This episodes weather was Meet You At The Gates by Jayne at Trimble find out more at Jane and Trimble dot com t r i n g l comments questions email us at info at Welcome to 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