Cold light

The neon sign flashed every morning. “YOU ARE DOING LORD’S WORK”. The last four letters of the sign flickered intermittently. That morning had been worse than others. A big freeze had come over Melbourne which was in the middle ofRead more…

That old hurricane

Lillian was in her bedroom when the hurricane struck their town. Fast, strong and unforgiving, the wind hit her windows with such force that the walls shook and the drinking glass on her bedside table tipped over the edge andRead more…

Stay

He tucks his hair behind his ears as he speaks to me, lime and gin on his fingertips. He flicks two cubes of ice into a glass, asks me for the fourth time where I am going next before IRead more…

How to be a girl

The book arrives, wrapped in brown paper tied with a bow on the front. Your day has finally come. You have seen all your elders with this book at some point. In their formative years, clutching it between their armsRead more…

Limit

Sometimes, after school, David could hear his mother having an affair. The first few times, he could only hear soft steady breathing. The sound that breath makes when blown on a car window to make it fog up. He neverRead more…

Armageddon ice-cream

We were talking about the world ending. The possibility of the earth slipping off its cone and melting into a sticky mess. Frothy blue-green waves taller than the town monument drowning us like a washing machine set on rinse andRead more…