Family, Fiction, Melbourne, Parenting, Relationship and marriage, Writing

Officially Hazel

'So?' Lara prompts. She walks into the kitchen with a fresh top and wet hair, changing after Hazel had posited over her. Her towel-dried hair hangs to her shoulders, before she collects it into a top-knot. 'So what?' Mike responds. 'When I am getting the money? Indulge me with an answer, please.' Lara has done… Continue reading Officially Hazel

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Feeding Hazel

Lara trembles with excitement as the doorbell rings. She smooths the front of her dress, and takes a deep breath in. Opening the door, her face falls. Mike stands on the verandah, his arm slung around a beautiful woman. 'Lara,' Mike says. He's grinning broadly, proudly, as if on a podium receiving an Olympic gold… Continue reading Feeding Hazel

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Choosing Hazel

The Christmas spirit is yet to arrive. Lara is Scrooge: grumpy, tired, stressed and stretched. Her baby is cooing on her play rug on the floor. Her legs kick; she giggles as the play gym jingles. Things could always be worse. Yet, to Lara, that kind of feels like an invitation. She shrugs the thought… Continue reading Choosing Hazel

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The ring

I am madly searching through the rubbish. Ripping through full bin liners, contents slopping over my hands and fingers. 'Christ,' I murmur. An indeterminable liquid dribbles down my arm. The stench is foul, rancid. I cough. 'Are you sure it's in the rubbish?' Pete calls from the verandah. Stupid question. I ignore him. 'Hun?' he… Continue reading The ring

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The Doctor

Fay falls back into her seat. The door is ajar. She sips from her bottle before looking up her next patient. 'Oh great,' Fay mutters when she sees the name on her computer screen. Mrs Donnellan. She barely needs to bring up Mrs Donnellan's history. A frequent flyer. A lonely time waster who'll suck away… Continue reading The Doctor