by Jason Rush
“Gleed” is a Pseudopod original.
JASON RUSH lives in Colorado with his wife, Shannon, and dog, Freckles. When he’s not writing, he snowboards, snowshoes, hikes and climbs mountains. He is currently working on his first novel, Mad Maddie, which took first place in the Zebulon contest at the Pikes Peak Writers Conference. He blogs here and his Twitter is @diminish7.
This week’s reader – Hollis Monroe – is an award winning radio producer, opera and jazz singer and Shakespearean. He served as executive producer and also read for Iowa Public Radio’s “The Book Club” for many years and is an active voice actor, emcee and singer.
Info on Anders Manga’s album (they do our theme music!) can be found here.
“Johnson looks around, then turns to me, face tight. “We were at work.” His voice is like a bucket of gravel. “When did we get here?”
A stab of cold pricks my gut. I’ve never seen Johnson lost before.
I shake my head. Last thing I remember is being underground with the drone of the continuous miner, blades churning, rock crumbling. The thunk of a six-foot bolt driven into the ceiling. The smell of dust and rock and coal.
(A dull, red light. Someone screaming.)
Then here. Looking at my hands. Peggy tapping her pencil.”