The 3:57: REMEMBERING, Episode Eight – Reconciled

Teaser – Zoey Gladden, the dying stranger, is recovering from hypothermia in her hospital room. When she regains consciousness, she tells Chris of their past connection. But the teenager is angered by having any memories of home and changes the direction of the conversation.



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Remembering, Episode #8: Reconciled

Original Date: 24 June 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, the eighth, is called RECONCILED. Zoey is recovering from hypothermia and telling Chris of their past connection. But the teenager doesn’t want any memories of home.

And now, REMEMBERING.

[Remembering Theme plays]

Eight and one-half-hours after being admitted to an Emergency Room for hypothermia, Zoey Gladden was conscious and explaining how she knew Chris.

“We are both from New Jersey,” she said. “In fact, we went to high school together.”

Chris stood up and backed away. Zoey continued, “We were in the same math class the day you left. I ran away a few weeks after you.”

Chris was uncomfortable talking about home and changed the conversation. “What are you going to do?”

“Get well,” she said. “Get out of here and go somewhere warmer.”

“You could call your parents. I am sure they miss you,” Chris said.

Zoey shrank under the covers. “It was bad there. They don’t want me.”

“You don’t know that,” Chris said. “Call your parents.”

“I can’t do that. We were yelling and arguing all the time,” said Zoey.

Chris pulled the chair close to her bed and handed Zoey the phone. “I’ll be right here.”

Zoey looked at it, then at Chris, back at the phone, back at Chris, then at the phone, again at Chris, back at-

-“Oh, just call them,” Chris said with a smile and a laugh.

Zoey dialed the phone, closed her eyes, and braced for the twin furies:

“Hello, Mom. . . . Yes, it’s me. Is this a good time to talk? . . . I can’t understand you through the crying. . . .

“. . . Wait, you don’t have to – oh, hi, Dad. . . . I’m fine. You? . . . I miss you, too. And I was wondering if you could, you know, do you think, I mean, would you consider, if it’s not a problem, maybe to, uhm, bring me home? . . .”

Zoey’s eyes opened wide and fear grabbed her face. She reached to Chris for support and the teenager leaned forward and held her hand.

Zoey continued: “Why is Mom screaming? Did she drop the casserole pan on her foot again? . . . Oh, screaming for joy. I get it. . . .”

Zoey eased back into bed and closed her eyes in relief. Her reunion faded into the background while Chris simmered with anger. What right did she have to rejoin her parents?

She ran away over some arguments. Made her family sick with worry. Now she was getting another chance. The teenager despised her as she said:

” . . . You can pick me up at Saint Luke’s hospital – I’m fine. Just a little frost bitten. Saint Luke’s near Mount Oliver. . . .

“. . .By the way, an old friend is here. Chris Rowe from high school. . . . Yes, I’ll introduce you. Hey, I need to get some sleep, okay. So long. . . . I love both of you.”

Zoey put down the phone, collected her thoughts, and spoke, “There, I called them. Are you satisfied?” She opened her eyes to say more but stopped.

Chris was gone.

[Remembering Theme plays]

You’ve just listened to Episode Eight 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.

The 3:57: REMEMBERING, Episode Seven – How Do You Know Me?

Teaser – After driving three hours through freezing rain, Chris and the talking car, an ancient Odyssey, found the dying stranger. Unexpectedly, she knew the teenager. Chris takes her to the Emergency Room where she begins treatment for hypothermia. Once she regains her consciousness, the teenager asks, “How do we know each other?” Her answer shocks Chris.

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Remembering, Episode #7: The Mount Rushmore of Nobodies

Original Date: 10 June 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, the seventh, is called HOW DO YOU KNOW ME? Chris went with the talking car to search for a dying stranger. But, unexpectedly, she knew the teenager. Chris wants to know how.

And now Episode Seven of REMEMBERING.

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

And this episode, the seventh, is called HOW DO YOU KNOW ME? Chris went with the talking car to search for a dying stranger. But, unexpectedly, she knew the teenager. Chris wants to know how.

And now Episode Seven of REMEMBERING.

[Remembering Theme plays]

The talking automobile had insisted Chris travel to a town three hours away. It was early December and freezing rain fell the entire time.

They arrived as the sun came up.

The car, an ancient Odyssey, said they were looking for a dying young woman named Zoey Gladden.

The car, an ancient Odyssey, said they were looking for a dying young woman named Zoey Gladden.

Chris found her under a bridge. She was begging for help, “Is that you? . . . Let it be you. . . . Please, please, please, let it be you.”

The teenager told her, “Everything will be okay, Zoey”, then eased the blankets under her, and gently got her into the warm car.

“I knew you would find me,” she said. “Thank you, Chris.”

The teenager was shocked. “You know me?”

She was losing consciousness and unable to speak. The teenager spoke again: “Stay with us, Zoey.”

But she passed out.

Chris asked the car, “How does she know me?”

The car ignored the question. Chris got louder: “She knew me. Said my name. How?”

The car got louder; “If you want to find out, we need to leave NOW!”

Chris drove to the Emergency Room where she was rushed inside. The teenager parked the car and went in.

“You got her here just in time,” the doctor said. “Another fifteen minutes and she might not have survived.”

Chris sat in the waiting room while Zoey was treated.

An hour went by and then another. How could she know Chris? They had never met before. And how could the Odyssey know about her?

Two more hours went by and Zoey was still unconscious.

Four hours later and there was no change. And the teenager was no closer to figuring out where they might have met.

Finally, eight-and-one-half hours later, she regained consciousness. The doctor came to Chris: “She’s better and wants to speak with you.”

They went to Zoey’s room and the doctor left them alone.

“Thanks for finding me. I’m sorry for the inconvenience,” she said with a weak smile.

The teenager said ‘Nothing to it’ as if saving people from hypothermia happened every day of the week.

Then she asked: “By the way, who else was in the car with us?”

Chris offered an unconvincing ‘What do you mean?’ but she insisted: “You said, ‘Don’t leave us, Zoey.’ Then I heard another voice. It sounded like you were arguing.”

Chris told her she must have imagined it as she was passing out. She shrugged her shoulders and continued: “You’re probably wondering how I know you.”

Relieved at not having to explain the talking car, the teenager sat next to her and admitted, “The thought had crossed my mind.”

“Let me start with this,” she said. “You’re from New Jersey.”

“You can’t possibly know that. The people in New Jersey don’t even know I’m from New Jersey,” said the teenager.

They both grinned. “I remember your sense of humor, too” she said. “You’re from Hunterdon County.”

“Come on you don’t remember me. I’m a nobody,” said Chris. “You’ve never met me before.”

“Yes we have,” Zoey said as she struggled to sit up in her bed. “In fact, we went to high school together.”

[Remembering Theme plays]

You’ve just listened to Episode Seven 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.

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?

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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.

The 3:57: REMEMBERING, Episode Five – Terms and Conditions

Teaser – Nearly two years ago, Chris Rowe went looking for a better life and found one. Since leaving Hunterdon County in New Jersey, the teenager has worked in a restaurant and begun meeting friends. But Chris will receive information that forces a choice between staying in the new life or giving it up.

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Remembering, Episode #5: Terms and Conditions

Original Date: 13 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 TERMS AND CONDITIONS. Nearly two years ago, Chris Rowe went looking for a better life . . . and found one. But the teenage will receive information that forces a choice between staying in the new life or giving it up.

And now Episode Five of REMEMBERING.

[Remembering Theme plays]

For nearly two years, Chris worked at the diner. When people heard where the teenager was from, gifts and greetings were offered for friends and relatives back home.

One day, in early December, after Chris and the Odyssey had finished driving, the car said, “We must talk.”

But Chris was heading off to meet friends for a holiday lunch and did not have time.

When the teenager returned, the car started again, “You know, we left almost two years ago.”

Chris interrupted, “And it’s been two pretty good years.”

The car agreed, “Yes. You’ve done well. But there were terms and conditions.”

The teenager said, “And I lived up to my part of the bargain. I play music for you.”

“Well, yes,” said the car. “But-“

“-And don’t forget everything piling up in the trunk and back seat.” The car reminded Chris the gifts and the greetings were for people back home.

Then the teenager added: “I left to find a better life and I have one.”

The Odyssey pushed back hard: “You agreed to visit as many towns as possible.”

Chris began to have an uneasy feeling about the conversation: “What are you saying?”

The car replied, “It’s time to move on.”

The teenager roared, “I am not leaving and there is nothing you can say to change my mind!” Chris left for work and walked through the snow.

The car mumbled to itself, “Kids.”

The teenager’s work was fueled by a fury to forget the Odyssey’s words. Chris worked without stopping until the diner closed, then slept in a cushioned booth, got up, and worked another full day and evening. The teenager staggered home exhausted and fatigued.

But the Odyssey was waiting to continue the conversation. “It’s time,” said the car. “To leave.”

“What could be so important?” Chris begged to know.

“You are leaving to help someone,” said the car. “Everybody I know is here,” replied the teenager.

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

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

The car spoke softly, “She’s dying.”

[Remembering Theme plays]

You’ve just listened to Episode Five 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.

The 3:57: REMEMBERING, Episode Four – Fitting In

Remembering
Teaser – Chris has run out of luck and is leaving the diner when the manager says, “I have an idea.”

Full Transcript –

Remembering, Episode #4: Fitting In

Original Date: 22 April 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 FITTING IN. Chris has run out of gas, has no money, and is inside a diner.

And now Episode Four of REMEMBERING.

[Remembering Theme plays]

The manager refused to lend money for gasoline and Chris turned to leave.

“However,” continued the manager, “I have an idea. Our dishwasher is out sick. If you work for us tonight, we will pay you, fill your car with gasoline, and give you dinner.”

Chris replied: “How about if I do that, wash the floors, help open the restaurant in the morning and you let me sleep here tonight.”

“All that?” asked the manager.

“All that,” said Chris.

“Agreed,” said the manager. They shook hands.

Chris went to work and the dishes and floors were cleaned by midnight. Dinner was a few plates of hamburgers and a mountain of french fries; ordinary food for most people.

But for the teenager it was the first meal in months not picked from a garbage can.

A gourmet delight.

Bed was a cushioned booth in the diner. With heat! For the orphaned and homeless teenager used to sleeping rough, a five‑star hotel would not have been more comfortable.

As promised, Chris got up early the next morning and helped open the restaurant. Floors were mopped and dishes were washed from the breakfast customers.

The manager was impressed with the teenager’s work. When Chris finished, a job was offered, with meals, and new clothes.

And a place to sleep!

Chris agreed, took the gasoline to the car, and they talked about the job. The Odyssey was pleased and scratchy music poured from its radio.

The teenager worked hard at the diner. Wages were earned and meals were regular.

Chris met many people in and out of the diner. Some knew of the teenager’s home town and asked to pass along a “Hello” or “Hope you are well” to relatives and friends. A few even gave gifts to take back.

The teenager wrote down notes and packed everything into the car.

One day when they were out driving, the Odyssey said, “We must talk.”

[Remembering Theme plays]

You’ve just listened to Episode Four 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.

The 3:57: REMEMBERING, Episode Three – No Money


Remembering
Teaser – Chris argues with the talking Odyssey which pulls over and tells the teenager to get gasoline. But without any money, prospects are bleak for Chris.

Full Transcript –

Remembering, Episode #3: No Money

Original Date: 8 April 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 is called NO MONEY. After surviving a near collision when the Odyssey refused to move, Chris has run out of gas. But without any money, the teenager’s journey for a better life seems to be coming quickly to an end.

And now Episode Three of REMEMBERING.

[Remembering Theme plays]

The Odyssey sat in the middle of the busy intersection. Traffic was racing by on both sides. Even a truck bearing down with its brakes whining and smoke billowing from its tires could not budge the car. It insisted music be played on its radio.

At the last second, the car’s driver, Chris, found a station and scratchy notes played out. The Odyssey bolted westward.

A few minutes later, with Chris still in shock, the car spoke. “From now on,” said the Odyssey, quite casually despite the near collision, “I will allow you to ride only if you give me presents.”

“Presents?!” roared Chris. “You nearly got me hit by a truck!”

The car continued, “You will play the music I ask for and then you will give me gifts.”

“What do you want for nearly flattening me?!” asked the teenager.

“Let’s start with gratitude for getting you toward your better life,” said the car.

The teenager got quiet and asked, “How did you know that? And how can you talk?” The car did not speak.

For several hours, the only sounds were scratchy music and tires rolling on the pavement. At length, the car pulled over and said, “I will now let you fill my tank. There is a gas station up ahead.”

“I don’t have any money,” said the teenager. Once again the car was quiet.

The teenager started walking and found the gas station. It was next to an all-night diner.

No one was pumping gas so Chris went to the diner. There were

hamburgers and hot dogs, pasta and salads, and the biggest dessert

table in the world.

Desperately trying to ignore the food, Chris spoke with the manager and wondered if a small amount of money might be borrowed to fill the car’s tank. The response was: “I’m sorry but we can’t do that.” The teenager turned to leave.

“However,” continued the manager, “I have an idea.”

[Remembering Theme plays]

You’ve just listened to Episode Three 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.

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The 3:57: REMEMBERING, Episode Two – Intersection


Remembering
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.

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