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Sir Terry Pratchett - Tribute

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When the news of Sir Terry Pratchett's passing broke on the 12th of March, I was in shock. I did notice a number of heartfelt tributes to him on Facebook, so I decided to read one, which came from a chap called Nick Mogavero. It worked so well:

"I would like my pudding now nurse. And then I think I'd like to... write... something... I don't remember what."

Standing in the corner, he waits. The sand slowly flows, but it nears it's end. The old man still glows, as thousands of threads spread away from him.

SQUEAK.

I AGREE. IT IS A SHAME TO SEE HIM THIS WAY.

SQUEAK.

NO. I DO NOT KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN.... BUT I CANNOT WAIT TO ASK HIM HOW IT ALL ENDS.

The old man looks up, through them at first... and then he sees them. For once, the smile on the hooded figure's skull is genuine.

"I... I remember you. The anth... ant..."

ANTHROPOMORPHIC PERSONIFICATION.

"Yes, that. We knew each other?"

ONCE. AND WILL AGAIN, SIR.

He so rarely said it, and these feelings... remembering his young aprentice, and beloved daughter. The beautiful child they have.

"There... is a girl, yes?"

SHE IS SPEAKING TO THE AUDITORS, SIR. THEY ARE UNWILLING TO LISTEN.

"Well then. You know what they say, two things you cannot avoid. Taxes and..." He looks into the firey blue eyes, and becomes aware.

SQUEAK.

"Quite right. Is it time already? I have so much left to do."

YOU HAVE GIVEN ALL YOU CAN SIR.

"No, not cancer. Alzheimers."

I AM AWARE.

"So, where is the boy? I remember a boy."

CARRIAGE ACCIDENT.

"Ahh. Never much trusted cars. Or horses."

THEY GET YOU WHERE YOU WANT TO GO.

"Must I?"

SOON. BUT WE MAY SIT HERE AWHILE.

SQUEAK

DO YOU HAVE ANY BISCUITS?

"No. Shame really."

YES.

"Is it truely turtles?"

ALL THE WAY DOWN. I HAVE SEEN THEM.

"Ahh. I would love to see it. Perhaps a small trip before?"

IT WOULD BE MY PLEASURE.

"The light is slower there... and there's a monkey...."

ORANGUTAN. SAME PRINCIPLE.

"Yes... will they remember me?"

SQUEAK.

"What was that? I could not hear you."

HE SAYS WE WILL, SIR.

"I never much liked the trouble people had with you. You seem like a nice fellow."

I HAVE MY DAYS.

"Don't we all?"

SOME LESS THAN OTHERS.

"Is it quick?"

YES. AND I BROUGHT THE SWORD. CEREMONY DICTATES IT.

"Ahh. How about a cup of tea?"

I WOULD ENJOY IT. DO YOU PLAY CHESS?

"No. how about checkers?"

And so they sat, two old friends regaling each other, though the old man could not remember all of the details, the cloaked figure and his rat filled him in, when it was needed.

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It is a shame really. The cloaked figure, I couldn't figure how he was. The Voice of the man.... So soft as though he was he himself... he himself a live human being. Not the narrator though, it never seemed obvious how it was not real or acted.

I really liked the thing they talked about, the philosophical aspect, the voice aspect and how well it was put together, was it? Its a shame really, as with human lifes, audio recordings too end and as it is with humans, recordings too end too soon. Maybe one day, Ill meet this recording again, but it will never be this inspiring piece I heard today for the first time. I feel like creating something for the sake of sayin goodbye to it. Its quite sadistic really. If I would have to rate the story, I would pay with tears of joy and sadness, but in stars you willl see it above. just double the number and see what it means as the number itself represents the score I am about to give you.


Coop responds:

Thank you for your kind review. You really couldn't figure out who Death was, though?


A bit hard to review this, but I quite liked your narration. If I were to be picky I would say that there some background wind-ish noise in the recording, probably because of the mic :).
Just felt like I had to critisize something X3.
Anyway, you got a pretty good narrative voice, and I quite enjoyed listening to you :).


Coop responds:

I've not got a filter over the mic, nor even a stand. Perhaps sometime I will get these things and make a comeback, but not quite yet.


Never heard you speak before, but I have to say, this was quite perfect. Your voice worked very well for the characters. :)


Coop responds:

Thank you - I've been reading his work aloud for about 15-20 years, so I've had lots of practice


This was awesome. You voiced it so well, honestly. The characters really felt genuine. Good job, I say!


Coop responds:

Thank you, the piece was a fitting way to pay tribute, I thought


This was epic. The narration was perfectly done. The memory of this good sir will be immortalized in this performance.


Coop responds:

Thank you, I can see that you're a fan of his work, too

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