“You’re too early,” said the owner. “No one drinks until eleven.”
The oiler pointed to William, leaning over a dram of rye whiskey.
“What about him? He has a drink in his hand.”
“He’s a special case. Mind your own business. No booze ‘til eleven.”
“I’ve never met a special case before,” the oiler said to William. “What makes you so special?”
The oiler smelled of stale sweat and grease. His trousers and shirt were filthy with weeks’ worth of spilled oil. A tattoo peeking from beneath one rolled-up shirt cuff caught William’s attention. “Show me that.”
He gestured at the tattoo with his glass, sloshing rye onto the table.
“You’re wasting good whiskey,” the oiler said, dragging back a chair. “May I?”
William nodded and tapped the cuff of the oiler’s shirt. “Show me that.”
About the Author
Dave Beynon lives in Fergus, Ontario with his wife, two kids and a golden retriever. He writes speculative fiction of varying lengths and genres. His work has appeared in the anthologies TESSERACTS SEVENTEEEN and EVOLVE TWO. His story, “The Last Repairman” will appear in the near future on Daily Science Fiction. In 2011, Dave’s unpublished time travel novel, THE PLATINUM TICKET, was shortlisted for the inaugural Terry Pratchett First Novel Prize<. His website is davebeynon.com and he can be followed on twitter @BeynonWrites
About the Narrator
Wilson Fowlie has been reading stories out loud since the age of 4, and credits any talent he has in this area to his parents, who are both excellent at reading aloud.
He started narrating stories for more than just his own family in late 2008, when he answered a call for readers on the PodCastle forum. Since then, he has gone on to become PodCastle’s most prolific narrator, reading or appearing in over 30 episodes. He’s a member of the EA Home Run club, having narrated for all four casts, and has narrated for many other podcasts, including Beam Me Up, Cast Macabre, Dunesteef Audio Fiction magazine and the Journey Into… podcast. He fits in all this narrating between his day job as a web developer in Vancouver, Canada, and being the director of a community show chorus called The Maple Leaf Singers.