The Mountain's Heart

"    The Mountain's Heart " Podcast
For the first time since a serious car accident forced her to drop out of university and left her with injuries that may not ever heal, Felisa returns to the Philippines with her parents. Ultimately, she knows her life has not been what they were hoping it would be, but for the sake of the school assignment given to her to make up for the class she’ll miss, Felisa will document her trip with a series of audio recordings. Trips like this are mostly domestic bliss, but for they sake of her assignment, the family is planning a few outings, including a trip to a rather famous mountain whose guardian—unbeknownst to her—still lingers.

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In the beginning, there was a… Not so stellar introduction. And airports don’t make for great recording spaces, but Felisa is trying to make it work. After all, this is an assignment. More accurately,

To make her trip to the Philippines possible, Felisa needs to make a series of audio files documenting her experience.   Before she leaves, her professor has some reflection questions for Felisa to answer.   CW: for ableism ----

Felisa's first true audio blog, recorded shortly after landing. It's her first full day in the Philippines. But not where she maybe should have been. She promises she means that literally though.   CW: for ableism; insecurity after a traumatic injur...

A new day means a good breakfast. And a new start now that Felisa is somewhat able to handle the drive. But really, transit was only  part of the issue. There's still the anticipation of what comes next, but she has a weird relationship with waiting.....

[Note: Honestly, it seems wrong to post this when people more able than me are fighting for equality, but maybe someone else (someone who has been fighting) needs the same sort of break I always took, namely breaks into fiction. Take care of each other,

Cemetery visits always cause some retrospection. But for Felisa, it was always going to be a complicated topic. So even though she already made a tape for the day, she had to make another one. It really couldn't be helped.  

After a surprise anniversary party and chicken mishaps, Felisa is feeling more dejected then ever. Partially because she started thinking about her hair and all the things she'll never be able to do with it. They say no one wins the what-if game,

Well, Felisa was never going to escape the party without consequences. They just weren't the consequences she was expecting: i.e. a chicken related injury. But now that she has to think about certain things again,

Felisa thinks she's made her choice. But after an all-nighter, she can't really trust her judgment so much. Also, she's not sure if she can call it judgment.   CW: for ableism, particularly internalized ableism; insecurity after a traumatic injury

It turns out that Felisa's professor has been listening along the whole time. Which she wasn't expecting. But as a result, there's some points, Felisa needs to clarify. Poorly.   CW: for ableism, particularly internalized ableism; insecurity after a...

A stormed passed. Not the one in Felisa's head. That one isn't going away any time soon, especially not with her godson involved.   CW: for ableism, particularly internalized ableism; insecurity after a traumatic injury ----

Before they hit the road, Felisa has a report to make: about a conversation she had and all the questions it couldn't answer.   CW: for ableism, particularly internalized ableism; insecurity after a traumatic injury ----

Felisa has so much to say. She always does. Wasn't it inevitable that she would snap and let it all out at once?   CW: for ableism, particularly internalized ableism; more mentions of the accident ---- Sound Effects from

Felisa's mom might bulldoze over her emotional well being sometimes, but occasionally it works out. In this case, Felisa finds out part of her Grandfather's story that she wasn't meant to know.   CW: for dysfunctional parent/child relationship,

For all of Felisa's insecurities, she can finally see what a terrible family visit really entails. She does get something else: a lead. And a reason or two to be afraid.   CW: for dysfunctional families  

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