The Gift

"Happy anniversary, Darl." My blank look doesn't wipe the smile from his face. "It's our double anniversary, remember?" he prompts, presenting me with a single red rose. "Nine months since the party and six months since you moved in." My nan taught me to tell the truth. "Of course I remember," I lie.

The Gift is a short story from the Tall And True writers' website, written and narrated by Robert Fairhead.

Read The Gift: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/short-stories/the-gift

Podcast website: https://www.tallandtrueshortreads.com

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Buy Robert's short story collections online:

• Amazon Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Robert-Fairhead/e/B086HZ36NM

• Rakuten Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/au/en/author/robert-fairhead

Podcast Theme and Sound Effects

Royalty-free music from Pixabay.com: Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major, Op. 28 'Pastorale' – IV. Rondo. Allegro ma non-Troppo, performed by Karine Gilanyan.

Sound effects licensed under Creative Commons 0 from FreeSound.org:

Male laughter: https://freesound.org/people/Eneasz/sounds/119459/

Female laughter: https://freesound.org/people/sagetyrtle/sounds/33658/

Party background voices: https://freesound.org/people/dbspin/sounds/396684/

Footsteps on wooden floor: https://freesound.org/people/Anthousai/sounds/398782/

Champagne cork: https://freesound.org/people/ultradust/sounds/166923/

Clock ticking: https://freesound.org/people/gecop/sounds/522119/

Door closing: https://freesound.org/people/sgcardinal/sounds/395753/

Production Notes

Tall And True Short Reads produced using Audacity. Thanks to Josh (VoiceOverMaster) Meyer for Audacity recording tips and tricks.

Podcast recorded in Sydney, Australia, on the land of the traditional custodians of the Eora Nation.

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