The 3:57: REMEMBERING, Episode Six – The Mount Rushmore of Nobodies

Teaser – Chris Rowe’s better life is about to be interrupted. On a cold December evening, the teenager argued with the talking car and then agreed to look for a dying stranger. But they would have to travel for three hours through freezing rain. Will the teenager find her in time? Also, does the talking car have other plans for Chris?

Full Transcript –

Remembering, Episode #6: The Mount Rushmore of Nobodies

Original Date: 27 May 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.

And this episode is called THE MOUNT RUSHMORE OF NOBODIES.

Chris Rowe’s better life has been interrupted by a search to find a dying stranger. But will the teenager find her in time?

And now Episode Six of REMEMBERING.

[Remembering Theme plays]

Chris and the Odyssey were arguing. Chris refused to leave their new-found better life. The car said otherwise:

“You are leaving to help someone.”

“But everybody I know is here,” replied the teenager.

“THE PERSON KNOWS YOU,” roared the car. “You can save her.”

“Oh come on. You’re talking about me. I’m on the Mount Rushmore of Nobodies,” said the teenager. “There’s nothing I can do.”

The car spoke softly, “She’s dying.”

The teenager stopped arguing and listened. They were going to a town three hours further west.

“Okay, I am sure the manager will give me a few days off,” said Chris. “As long as I am back in a week.”

“We won’t be coming back,” said the car. “Pack your things and bring some blankets.”

Chris did as the car said.

They stopped at the manager’s house and Chris told of the friend’s poor health. She lived three hours west and Chris was leaving immediately. Apologies were offered for the inconvenience.

The manager said, “I have an idea.” Money was put into an envelope and letters of introduction were written.

The teenager offered thanks for both and left.

For three hours they drove through a freezing rain. The scratchy music was dark and gloomy and made the trip feel like a funeral. They got to the town as the sun was coming up.

The car motored around back alleys and down to the river. It told Chris to get out and ask for a young woman named Zoey Gladden. No one had heard of her.

Chris walked for a while then went back to the Odyssey to get warm and move it forward. It was cold. Bitterly bitterly cold. The teenager parked the car under a bridge and got out to look around when a Voice was heard:

“Is that you? Let it be you. Please, please, please, let it be you.”

The teenager grabbed the blankets from the car and climbed up the embankment. There was a young woman – grey from the cold – and begging for help. The teenager told her, “Everything will be okay, Zoey”, eased the blankets under her, and got her into the warm car.

With a Voice barely more than a whisper, she said, “I knew you would find me. . . . Thank you Chris.”

[Remembering Theme plays]

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

The Three Fifty-seven is an anthology of comedy, drama, and supernatural stories. Theme music 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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