Jonathan and Merrily live the consequences of one moment of choice. Cyrus Stoat wakes up in a strange bed, and Hobb finds a remedy to two of his most irritating problems. Sir Richard signs off, ending his tale with a guest writer. Grygory, too, meets a most unexpected ending. King Simon is exposed. Ghost stories are told, and seen, and lived.
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Ladies and gentlemen, this reading of THE BRIGHT PATH is now complete. Thank you, thank you, thank you — you lovely people, who have come along for this ride. This has been a journey I will never forget, and one that has given even me some surprises. For one thing, I plan to incorporate much more music into the second and third parts of this series–and the illustrations will continue, if I can afford to continue production. I hope you’ll become a patron of The Bright Path to support further artwork and music in the podcast as well.
I will also never forget the last year of reading with you because it’s written down in a book. If you like giant door-stoppers, then the full edition of The Bright Path is just right for you. But if you’d like a little more limber edition, stay tuned (and join the mailing list <—– ) for a three-part edition of The Bright Path, comfortably sized for reading in a hammock. Here’s a quick preview of the first book, QUANTA OF NONSENSE:
And finally, beautiful people, here is the complete choral number that appears in part 2.
Jonathan attempts the most outrageous chandelier swing in recorded history–but something is missing from his landing. Cyrus writes a letter that will cause him some trouble later; Daisy goes straight for true love; and Rolly saves the day with the awesome power of mathematics. Vicod Rayth is entirely naked.
Hobb’s grand tour of the King’s home sparks a new revelation by Merrily, and Merrily sparks an adjustment of the First Minister’s trousers. King Leeland issues Hobb an ultimatum. Hobb tries desperately to wrest a concession from The Kettle, but comes up empty.
In a shocking development, the Bright Path Podcast returns to the same characters for two weeks in a row. Cyrus, Merrily, and company finally enter Uellodon, only to find the Royal Academy off limits and Wigglus’s mother’s house a ruin. Cyrus proposes a pub crawl, but two strangers change their plans. The narrator’s horrific French accent rides again.
Cyrus selects a summer vacation and an intern to go along with it. Frederick née Halfhouse narrowly avoids a close encounter with a prosthesis. King Leeland suggests the least convincing cover-up ever. Facing an invasion of his kingdom, Simon absolutely slays it on stage. These events conspire to bring Part 2 of The Bright Path Podcast to a conclusion; what awaits in Part 3? Only future podcast episodes will tell!
Hobb the Wise sees a chance to score a win, and sneaks out for some fun in a basement–but Dean Spoon gets the last laugh. Hobb meets his counterparts from the geopolitical neighborhood. Your host digs deep into the archives for some new-old music.
Hobb the Wise and The Kettle share an unfriendly cup of tea. The Kettle illuminates the difference between truth and honesty. Hobb reveals their great and shared enemy. King Leeland suspects Hobb is after his job; Hobb demurs. Everyone drinks a great deal of tea.
Sir Richard goes off the map. Hobb finds danger in both action and inaction, and decides to accelerate his plans. Beatrice Snugg makes a new friend. Boris, Basil, and Brutus part ways. Here ends Part 1 of The Bright Path!