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The Promise – Charles Rakiecz

Victoria finds a strange visitor in her building – one she wasn’t expecting, but one who arrives to fill a promise from very long ago.

Spend Christmas with Victoria as she is presented with a puzzle, an opportunity (in the form of a very difficult choice), and gets a very special surprise. But is the offer too good to be true?


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.


Jeanette Andromeda is an artist, blogger, youtuber, writer, podcaster 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.

Jeanette is the new co-host of the 9th Story Podcast where our Victoria first appeared.

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Dramatic reading performed by Daniel Foytik
Twitter: @dfoytik

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

Incidental Music:

“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

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

Sound FX:


Sound Design by Daniel Foytik, 9th Story

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

Music Director: John Niespodzianski

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