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“THREE TWELVE NOEL” – Charles Rakiecz

It’s Christmas Eve and time to board The Lift.

In this week’s story, Victoria and The Building find themselves in Brooklyn, NY, on Christmas Eve,1949 to help a returning WW II war veteran carrying a heavy burden.The major stops in NY to visit an old comrade and repay a personal debt before he ends his pain permanently. 

Can “Vicky” help Major Sherm move beyond his guilt and keep him from using a souvenir war pistol to end his own life?

About the Writer:

Chuck Rakiecz
is the original “Analog Man,” a self-described semi-technophobe who pines for the pre-social media days of yore. He is a retired model builder for the museum exhibit and industrial display industry. Chuck lives in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife, Sue, and their feisty tabby cat, Misty.

In addition to his membership in Pennwriters, Chuck is also a life member of the nationally known, Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum. He developed the concept and preliminary plans for the museum’s fictional, Mon-Valley System,” a 4,000sq. ft. model railroad display, featured on WQED TV and national hobby magazines.

Chuck is currently working on a time travel murder mystery novel, “POINT IN TIME,” and acts as Coordinator for the Pittsburgh East Writers critique group. He is also a member of an informal critique group of former CCAC classmates. With their incredibly creative input, he wrote the collaborative short story, “THE SCREENPLAY,” originally featured on the 12-24-13 episode of Dan Foytik’s “The 9th Story” podcast.

About the Artist

Jeanette Andromeda is an artist, blogger, youtuber, writer, and filmmaker. When she’s not talking about horror or up to her elbows in paint, she’s often found wandering around in graveyards working on stories, scripts and sketches.

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Dramatic reading performed by Daniel Foytik:
Twitter: @9thstory

The voice of Victoria Bigglesworth-Hayes was performed by Amber Collins:
Twitter: @blamberino


“Come Play With Me” (Author Greeting)
Kevin MacLeod (
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

The Lift Opening Theme Music
Composed and Recorded by Kimberly Henninger and Shawn Parke of Cathedral Sounds

“Jingle Bells Calm”, “Spatial Winds”, “Mysterio March”, “Stoneworld Battle”, “Private Reflection”
Kevin MacLeod (
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

“Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy”
Composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
DuPage Symphony Orchestra (
Barbara Schubert (conductor)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

Romanian Christmas Carols, Sz.57
Composed by Bela Viktor Janos Bartók
Performed by Papalin
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

“Silent Night”
Public Domain
Arranged by John Niespodzianski (

The Lift Closing Theme Music
Composed and Recorded by Nico Vettese of We Talk of Dreams

“Skye Cuillin” (Credits)
Kevin MacLeod (
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

Sound FX:


Sound Design by Daniel Foytik, 9th Story

Producer/ Creator: Daniel Foytik Executive Producer/ Co-Creator: Cynthia Lowman

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