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fiction August 6, 2022

The crab

I came across a crab while surfing an empty beach break one afternoon. It was a real big one. “Howdy, partner,” he said as I waited for a wave. “G’day,” I said, in my friendliest voice. I didn’t want any trouble. “How’s it going?” he said, just...

fiction July 30, 2022

A perfect day for bream

African night crawlers are different from European night crawlers, see. They can tolerate extreme conditions, breed… Overnight, you should see, double in size. So, if you thread them onto the hook, like so, see… Fish’ll go for the wrigglers, make...

fiction July 23, 2022

Churn

The BMW X7 was idling in the No Stopping lane, kids bickering inside. Billie Eilish is so much better than Drake, Siena said. No fucking way, Angus replied. Watch your language, Eva said as she pulled out. A bus was turning into the narrow street...

fiction July 16, 2022

Foundling

The tree is an acacia, though the boy will never know it. He pulls himself through the winter evening, across the still river and into Bundey’s Paddock. Chasing a hornet, or a butterfly. Kicking a stick along the grass. It is the movement he notices...

fiction July 9, 2022

The receptionist

Lucy sat on a chair that used to swivel, behind a desk that once greeted hundreds of people. The building’s staff had been working from home for months. There was no one to notice whether the secretary was alive. Packages still came occasionally,...

fiction July 2, 2022

The fly on the wall

As I watched the old cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris go up in flames in 2019, I remembered hearing of another fire from long ago in 1863. Hold that thought. My family, the Calliphoridae , has been located in Paris for centuries. We are the Flies on...

fiction June 18, 2022

The eulogy

When you were little, you dreamed of a man in uniform. A man who would woo you with his charm and sweep you off your feet. You read a lot of Jane Austen. Underage and overeager, you and your friends would frequent the bars nearest the barracks...

fiction June 11, 2022

Unholy trinity

At the entrance to the mental health unit, the nurse stood impatiently at the door, insisting she couldn’t let Susan pass. Sebastian had told the staff not to give any information to his mother and, because he was no longer a minor, his wishes had...

fiction June 4, 2022

Passcode

Matt complains all the way down to the beach. “It’s too cold,” he says. “Too bad,” Di calls over her shoulder and plunges ahead, following the sound of the waves until she pushes through a tunnel of scrub and finds the water. She’s naked by the time...

fiction May 28, 2022

I love ya, mate

Hey man, for Rick? Yeah, yeah, thanks. Cool. How’s, ah, how’s your night been going? Yeah, same here. Good. Good. What, ah, what time did you start? Right… right… Where’d you start from? Oh, cool, yeah, that’s pretty far away, hey? You try and get...

fiction May 21, 2022

Mud

Brown shapes move across the screen, leaving dark streaks in the mud behind them. Salt glitters, and some darker crystal. The bodies move purposefully, now and then a flash of teeth that must be laughter. Happy workers, covered in the earth they...