First Story: “Chasing the Wind” by Elizabeth E. Wein
Martha Bennett sat on her trunk in the middle of Nairobi Airport watching the other passengers disperse. She had been sitting there for two hours, waiting for her father, and reading over and over again the terse telegram she had received the day before she left Philadelphia:
MAY NOT MEET. TAXI WILSON AIRPORT. HART ALDEN FLY KWALE.
She was not good at waiting. It made her nervous and irritable, but Martha could not quite believe her urbane Philadelphian parents would absolutely abandon her to her own devices in the middle of Africa, and she thought there must be a chance that her father would turn up at the last minute.
Elizabeth Wein is the holder of a private pilot’s license and an increasing collection of random World War II ephemera. Her story of the friendship between a female spy and pilot, Code Name Verity, won the Edgar Award for Young Adult fiction in 2013. Her most recent novel is Rose Under Fire, another World War II thriller for teens. Elizabeth lives in Scotland with her husband and two children. Her website is www.elizabethwein.com and she tweets as @ewein2412
Second story: “Surface Tension” by KJ Kabza
I hate it when she does this.
Brianna lies in the bathtub on her back, one knee bent and leaning in, making the lines of her hips twist and beckon. She lies in deep water, her eyes in calculating slits, the exhalations from her nose rippling a tiny current atop the surface.
I refuse to acknowledge this. I flip up the toilet seat and take myself out like nothing’swrong.
Brianna’s mouth rises above the waterline. “What are you doing?”
“This is the bathroom. I’m going to it.”
“This is the bathroom, and I’m taking a bath. Can’t you use the other one?”
“What, like you’ve never seen me — ”
“It’s disgusting, Jess.” She gets onto her elbows and the water laps against the sides of her breasts. “And I’m trying to relax.”
KJ Kabza has sold over 50 stories to venues such as Nature, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. He lives in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona, where he enjoys being surrounded by thorny cactus instead of thorny people. He invites you to follow him on Twitter @KJKabza and peruse kjkabza.com for links to free fiction and more.
About the Narrators:
Rachel Dee is new to the audio world and excited to step in. She has always enjoyed reading and was the child who read out-loud to her mother, not the other way around. Taking away books was also how she was grounded when she was younger. Currently she lives in the DFW area with her husband, cat, and dog and is pursuing film and television acting.
Alex Weinle writes short fiction for magazines and podcasts, his anthology of shock-comedic-tragic stories The Decapaphiliac is available now and his science fiction novel Border is currently in editing. Long time sofanaut, he has finally got up the courage to narrate. He lives in Fulbourn, England in a cottage that consumes bulbs of unusual wattage. You can find him on Twitter at @alexweinle
Kirk Quilaquil is a freelance illustrator who lives in Stevenage, Hertfordshire. You can find him on Facebook or at http://kirkquilaquil.daportfolio.com/
Ferdinand Ladera is a Fantasy Concept Illustrator who was born in Iligan, the city of majestic waterfalls, situated in the southeastern part of the Philippines. Have a look at his work at http://ferdinandladera.com/105056/environment-illustration