- Eulalie’s Audio Journal
- Entry #2
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CW: This episode contains depictions of anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress. Take care, listener.
Theme, rhythmic guitar picking with drone and slightly out of tune violin, fades in…
This is Eulalie’s Audio Journal Entry #2.
Theme fades out.
Eulalie starts her recorder and sighs. There’s a fan running and it’s a little bit reverby because Eulalie is in Alicia’s bathroom. Very muted sound of TV in the background.
(whispering) I’m barricaded in Alicia’s bathroom right now, because the TV got crackly and fuzzy when she was changing the channel. She’s got one of those old box TVs we grew up with, since she’s only living here temporarily and barely ever at home.
Anyway, the TV made that sound and I was lightheaded and dizzy and breathing hard before I even realized what had happened. I got up and ran in here as soon as I felt like I could stand without falling over.
I’m hiding because I’m embarrassed. The longer I sit here, huddled on the toilet like the floor is lava, the harder it is to leave.
I’m supposed to be fine. Maybe a little bit bruised but bouncing back and grateful to be alive. I was haunted, and now I’m not. Not really. I was in a coma, and now I’m not. But it feels like my life is on some weird kind of pause, and sometimes I wonder if maybe I am still in a coma and just dreaming all of this aftermath. How would I even know?
I’m supposed to do a grounding exercise when I feel like this. So.
Eulalie sniffles, then takes a deep breath.
I can see toilet paper, and a medical magazine. I can see a framed anatomical illustration. I can see hand soap, and a toothbrush.
Takes a deep breath.
I can feel smooth porcelain. The water-blistered veneer of this cheap cabinet. The thick fabric of the shower curtain. The coldness of the tile seeping into my feet.
I can hear…
Electromagnetic hum. Eulalie starts breathing harder, mildly distressed.
Actually, I think I’m going to skip that one.
I can smell lavender air freshener and pizza.
I can taste pepperoni, from the last bite I took…
Eulalie takes a deep breath. Alicia’s soft footsteps. A cautious knock on the bathroom door.
(worried but not super worried yet)
Eulalie? Are you okay in there?
(quietly, to herself / the recorder) Shit
(to Alicia) I’m fine! I’ll be right out.
(concerned and clearly wanting to say more)
Okay. Do you… (hmms) If you need anything, just shout. Okay?
Alicia walks away. Eulalie takes a few more deep breaths, then stands.
(muttering) Sorry, water, I need the alibi.
Toilet flushes. Eulalie opens the bathroom door.
There you are! You missed a dough proofing catastrophe!
Oooh, tell me what happened.
Eulalie turns off the recording…
Eulalie’s Audio Journal is a miniseries that takes place between seasons one and two of The Way We Haunt Now. This episode was written and produced by Courtney Floyd with voice acting by Courtney Floyd as Eulalie and Jess Winston as Alicia. Our theme music is “Wrong Start” by Courtney.
We’re releasing these episodes as part of our season two fundraiser. Find out how you can help us keep haunting at igg.me/at/hauntnowpod