Put the Banshee to Work: Audio Short

When a banshee finds her way into an inner city emergency room the staff decide to put her to work.

Put the Banshee to Work

Dear fellow board members,

I’ve received a lot of complaints about the howling translucent entity that’s taken up residence in the emergency wing. Based on the consensus that she is in fact a banshee, I’ve taken it upon myself to do some Wikipedia research.

In all my reading, I’ve found a banshee’s primary function is to warn of an impending death. Now that revelation must seem blood curdling to a family in an isolated cottage, but here in the ER she’s just redundant.

The way I see it, those mob goons buried one too many bodies in the forrest, and this banshee followed the crime wave back into the city, from meth factories to dark allies, until she hitched a ride with a couple of EMTs. She’d been orbiting the vortex of death until she got sucked into the big black pit of it.

She’s our problem now: wailing down corridors, bleeding through operating tables, distracting surgeons and horrifying patients, but what if she could be our solution?

My proposal is simple: if this apparition knows which patients are about to meet their end, why not make her part of the triage process? If a patient is doomed, there’s no reason they need stay on our list.

Until now we’ve treated patients based on the urgency of their issue, but if we’re absolutely certain there’s nothing to be done, aren’t we morally obligated to move on? If the banshee’s never wrong she’s not a pest, she’s a Godsend.

One thought on “Put the Banshee to Work: Audio Short”

  1. It’s interesting to me to see how you decide to approach each concept your mind comes up with, Drew. In some cases, you write books. In others, you write short stories. In others, you write what I’d call “scenes.” Here, you’ve framed it as a letter. And each makes sense, given the depth of the idea. You certain have a knack (among other things) for making the most of your imagination.

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