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

Lily and Anna

Lily is usually gregarious. During the past week, though, her mum's noticed she's been sullen and withdrawn. She comes home from school, heads straight upstairs to her room, closes the door and refuses to respond to Anna's repeated attempts to engage her. Anna's worried. Her little girl, Lily. So sweet from birth. Giggling, responsive, outgoing.… Continue reading Lily and Anna

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Fiction, Melbourne, Writing

A moment ruined

Strumming the guitar, Livvy looked around at her audience. A guy at one of the tables at the front stared in a guileless manner. Livvy sang in a clear voice. She looked around the crowd, not nervous. She did this every week, one day hoping for a big break. The guy lit up a cigarette.… Continue reading A moment ruined

Fiction, Melbourne, Writing

In the park

Simon stared at the girl's nude body. He didn't know her name. He didn't care. He'd first seen her coming out of city building, late. He was across the road at the train station, but his eyes zeroed in on her, like a sniper. Simon waited for the tram to amble past and paced over.… Continue reading In the park

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

Tomorrow

Tomorrow. Everything will be alright tomorrow. At least that is what Melly keeps telling herself. The problem is though, Melly has been repeating that mantra for months now. Jack is a wanker. Melly's mum is helicoptering over her. Dad is never home. And Becky is busy studying. Who's she supposed to talk to? Year nine… Continue reading Tomorrow

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

Leaving Bert

Mary hung a load of washing on the line. Tears slipped down her cheeks, but not caused by the sun's brightness beaming directly into her eyes. Bert's new rules had brought a schism in the home. She pegged his undies on the line, furious and sad over last night's dinner conversation. 'This is the way… Continue reading Leaving Bert