Pseudopod 135: The Duel

By Michael James McFarland

Read by Kris Johnson

“A what?! What did you say? A duel?”

“You heard me, Vanderbilt. D-U-E-L. Duel.”

“You mean like with pistols… ten paces, turn and fire? That kind of duel?”

“Something like that,” John Lawrence affirmed, hands planted on his hips, the breeze blowing casually through his stylish hair, making him look like a young Michael Douglas, right down to the ass-shaped cleft in his chin. Twenty years old and living life like it was a goddamn movie. That was Lawrence all right. This was just the latest example of his madness.

A duel.

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March 28th, 2009 5:43 pm

so what is the best strategy in this situation? run? i mean they talk about hunting you down but come on… thats a lot of work for disipated rich kids. throw the gun away and let them beat you up? it seems unlikely your oponent would shoot you since the whole point of a duel is to make it look reasonable…

March 29th, 2009 10:54 pm

this story was okay, i really liked the concept but it didnt really do much

March 30th, 2009 8:08 am

This story really got to me. The sense of doom kept on creeping over me. I thought that maybe Terry would be able to fight his way out, but I guess not.

The good news is that people who would do things like this always end up getting caught…


April 2nd, 2009 4:28 am

This was a tough story to listen to. The protagonist’s refusal to fight back… sucked.

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April 2nd, 2009 5:13 am

loved this story, I agree with another listener who said they could feel the over arching doom of the whole situation, I could too and it made me anxious the whole way through; and I dont scare easily I may add,

good job !!

April 3rd, 2009 12:37 pm

The flashbacks made me intensely curious but never added up to anything, in my opinion. And the duel wasn’t so much a duel but one guy waiting for the other to come kill him. The value of the story was less than the sum of its parts.

April 3rd, 2009 7:58 pm

So what was his crime? What did he do wrong? I never did figure that out.

April 14th, 2009 3:34 pm

yeeeah…did I miss something too? What was his crime? Why was Terry and Amanda floating around in the water at the end?

I would re-listen but the story just wasn’t interesting enough to do so. I’m a huge fan of Pseudopod, don’t get me wrong, but every now and then there’s stories like this that make me think wtf were they thinking. ;)

June 17th, 2009 11:51 am

His ‘crime’ was accidentally letting dude’s girlfriend that he had cheated on a test. She then left him.