Fiction, Health and wellbeing, Melbourne, Relationship and marriage, Writing

My choice

The door bell tinkles. I am in the back, filling the kettle with water. Desperate for a cup of tea and a biscuit. I leave the kettle on the bench and fling the curtain wide. She stands, somewhat stooped, in the room. Her eyes downcast. The aura from this girl is forceful, yet stilted. Blocked,… Continue reading My choice

Fiction, Health and wellbeing, Melbourne, Relationship and marriage, Writing

Will’s Dismissal

'There is no polite way to put this,' Irena says. Will watches as Irena's eyes flash; her cheeks are red, flushed. He holds his breath, waiting for the bitch to bite. Then he's going for her jugular. 'But you're not performing according to the position description. You've missed all your KPIs over the last six… Continue reading Will’s Dismissal

Fiction, Melbourne, Writing

Heading home

At the terminal, Ally pauses out the front of the gift shop. The candles and potions beckon her inside. A friendly shop assistant smiles. 'Good morning,' she says. 'How may I help you today?' 'Just browsing thanks,' Ally responds, more tersely than she intends. 'Of course. I'm around if you have any questions.' Ally wanders… Continue reading Heading home

Fiction, Health and wellbeing, Melbourne, Relationship and marriage, Writing

Joy in the Park

Joy has been named incorrectly. For her, happiness has always been skimpy. There's been fleeting moments, of course. That time when she experienced her first kiss, buying her apartment, the warmth of Sadie when she curls on her lap. But implosion always threatened, like troops on the border making a stealthy advance. Even those times… Continue reading Joy in the Park

Family, Fiction, Health and wellbeing, Melbourne, Relationship and marriage, Writing

Tea and Cake

Harriet lowers herself into her arm chair. Everything hurts: over the past few years, Harriet's been feeling every day of her age. She's noticed back ache, her legs are shaky and sore, her shoulders hunched. She is old; born in the previous century. And while that seems like an eye-blink ago, it's really not. The… Continue reading Tea and Cake