The 3:57: REMEMBERING, Episode Two – Intersection

Teaser – Orphaned and homeless teenager, Chris Rowe, has received a car while looking for a better life. Everything seems great until the car stops in a busy intersection.


Full Transcript –

Remembering, Episode #2: Intersection

Original Date: 25 March 2020

Hello. This is . . . The Three Fifty-seven.

[The 3:57 Theme plays]

My name is William Spear and I am the Host of The Three Fifty-seven. The current series is titled REMEMBERING.

This episode, the second, is called INTERSECTION. In it, orphaned and homeless teenager Chris Rowe has received a car while looking for a better life. Everything seems great until the car stops in a busy intersection and refuses to move.

And now Episode Two of REMEMBERING.

[Remembering Theme plays]

Chris Rowe, an orphaned and homeless teenager looking for a better life, sat in the driver’s seat of an ancient Odyssey. The teenager could drive the car for the next twenty years as long as they went to as many towns as possible during that time.

By the way, the car talks.

The key was slowly turned with great anticipation and . . . Nothing happened. A second attempt was made and still nothing happened. The car spoke: “Sometimes it takes three tries.”

Chris asked, “How do you-?”

“-Sometimes three tries,” said the car.

The teenager turned the key again. The engine coughed, sputtered, protested, and roared to life. The rusty automobile idled forward and onto the road.

They drove for a few miles. Chris got used to driving and the Odyssey got used to the teenager. They came to a busy intersection. The car started to cross and stopped! The engine was running but the car was not moving.

Chris turned it off and back on but nothing changed. A second attempt was made and still it didn’t move. Recalling “Sometimes it takes three tries”, a third effort was made with no results. A truck was getting closer.

The car spoke, “I like music. It helps pass the time.” The driver noted the truck was bearing down on them and asked for ‘A little help.’ The car said to try the radio.

Buttons were pressed and knobs were turned but no music. The truck’s horn screamed at a fevered pitch but the car sat patiently in the intersection. Time was running out.

The brakes of the truck whined and smoke billowed from its tires.

Chris begged the car to move and made a last‑ditch effort to find music when suddenly . . .

[extended silence]

. . . You’ve just listened to Episode Two of REMEMBERING. The series music, What A Way – The Prelude, is through the courtesy of Semaphore.

The Three Fifty-seven is an anthology of stories. Theme music for the anthology is Not On The Bus . . .

[The 3:57 Theme plays]

. . . by U. S. Army Blues.

The Three Fifty-seven is Written and Produced by William Spear.

Thank you for listening.


Author: William Spear

William E. Spear has written for audio since 1994. His book, "Lit Between the Ears, Volume One: Chekhov, O. Henry, Spear and Tarkington On the Air," was released on July 31, 2006. He founded Two Plus Plus Productions LLC in 2006 and is President. He founded Hunterdon Radio Theatre in 1999 and has written over 15 plays since. Spear's work has been broadcast in New York and New Jersey and his plays have been published on web sites across the country.

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