Love Lost

Kate noticed Jack and his mate Paul when she went down the street shopping for her mother some weeks before he and she first met. Jack had driven to the town with the horse and dray from the road-building camp and was loading bags of potatoes in the lane beside Mrs Johansson’s general store. When..

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Spin

“Look Jamie, look! Baby lambs everywhere!” Jamie glanced up from his device long enough to look out of the car window. The landscape was bright green even though the country was in a severe drought. Then he saw the tell-tale black mini water-wheels, signalling that they were passing through an irrigation area. Still pumping scarce..

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Animal Instinct

Sos Semple had been working in the little coastal town for six weeks before anyone knew he was there. This was unusual. Kevin at the Co-op knew about the new man working on the dredge, but not until Sos had been there for a few weeks. Kevin mentioned the newcomer to Jake one day. It..

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Knockout

When Paul found the boxing tent he couldn’t have been more surprised. A large sign announced that the celebrity middleweight Fritz Holland, from America, would be the star performer and that a purse of ten pounds was offered to anyone who could last a full three rounds with the great man. Paul had seen his..

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Night Shift

I was working as a nursing aide at a large country hospital before I enrolled at university. I mostly worked night shift, and enjoyed the quietness and the lack of hustle and bustle. The work was easy, just checking on patients through the night. Some patients were in just overnight, for minor surgery, while other..

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Young Love

“Sheila is coming over tomorrow. We are going to see some friends of hers, then we’re heading on over to a house in Wauchope that she’s thinking of buying. “Colin is bringing over the stock we bought on Thursday so you will need to be here to help him unload. Keep them in the yard..

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Pizza

The motor gave a couple of unhealthy grunts when Rod switched off the ignition of the old Land Cruiser, reminding him he must buy oil soon. Tonight’s campsite was much like those of the past week, though the landscape here was not so dry or sparse. A wide expanse of good grass beside the narrow..

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The Wheel

“Find Jack and he’ll have what you want,” said Andy Gorrie, stooped and peering through the open car window. William thanked him for the map and Olive for the tea, then eased the panel van gently forward, reminding himself of the trailer behind. As he drove through the gate, he glanced in the mirror to..

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