Escape Pod 174: Private Detective Molly
Rated PG. A somewhat dark kid’s story; contains parental tragedy and complex social issues.
Private Detective Molly
By A.B. Goelman
That’s when I see my new boss. Four feet of trouble. Brunette variety. Tear tracks cutting through the dirt on her face, wearing jeans that were already old when Molly Dolls were nothing more than molded plastic and fantasy homes.
She’s no idiot, though. “I want the Debutante persona,” she says. “You’re still not Debutante Molly are you?”
I like a girl who doesn’t need me to explain everything. “That’s right, kid,” I pull my blonde hair back into a pony tail and cover it with my fedora.
“Why do you keep coming out as a Petey persona?” Poor kid sounds like she’s about to cry. Don’t blame her for wanting Debutante Molly. Debbie’s the kind of girl who reminds me why God bothered with Adam’s rib in the first place. As wholesome and satisfying as a virgin daiquiri on a hot day. Everything I’m not. “Petey’s not even a girl’s name,” the kid says.
About the Author
Ari Goelman is the award winning author of The Innocence Treatment and The Path of Names. In addition to writing fiction, he teaches at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and enjoys biking in the rain, especially when it stops raining. He lives in Vancouver with his family.
About the Narrator
Anna Eley was the wife of Escape Pod founder, Serah Eley, and a popular recurring narrator.