Like Clockwork

The clock strikes eleven times. The ghost of Jimmy Fowler parades down the mansion’s spiral stairs past the grandfather clock to the ballroom and seats himself at the piano. And …

Steam Will Rise

I’m hungover. All I want is to go home and eat Mum’s leftover spaghetti. My sister warns me they had a fight again. I get home, slap a bowl of …

Hundreds And Thousands

It’s lunch time. I slap together a cheese and Vegemite sandwich. He selects two slices of bread from the loaf, places them on a plate. The loaf gently twists in …

Give It A Chip

Give it a chip. No. It’s hungry. Well so am I! Come on, chuck it one. Seagulls can’t eat chips. They eat them all the time. So? But that ones …

Zombie

There are limbs everywhere. And flies. The smell of decay, a foot, a head – hanging. I try to fit in with them, go undercover, move like them, speak their …

Down To Earth

A girl is sitting on the beach when a man approaches her: “You should take your socks off, feel the sand in your toes. That’s why Jesus wore sandals, could …

The Long Way Home

I pack a bag, just a small backpack. I fill a couple of water bottles, grab an apple and a muesli bar before I call the dog and jump in …

Payback

I’m at a bus stop, fooling myself that the tin shed is sufficient protection from the heat. As I lift my bum from the metal bench to allow for a …

Pub Talk

I wear my Australian Tattoo with pride mate, with pride but it doesn’t mean I’m a racist! I mean check this tat out here, it’s the Chinese symbol for strength, …

FLY

Nightclubs aren’t his scene but he’s in the middle of the dance-floor tossing his hips from side to side, staring into a single disco ball. Short skirts flirt around him, …

Tutorial

Boys, today in tutoring we will be learning about plants. Let’s look at some key words. Are there any that you aren’t sure about? Yes Miss: chlorophyll and photosynthesis. Great …

Detective John Miller

All his life John Miller had worked as a detective and not once had he ever felt the need to doubt his own skill nor his instincts. John definitely didn’t …

Something Fishy

I saw him come in. She was snorin’. Left the telly on. He got that paper there with them numbers and when the balls come up on the telly he …

White Lines

He extends a hand as she boards the ambulance. Bandaged hands hover above her knees like day-old helium balloons. He shifts to fifth along the only road in and out …