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I named her naturally because I love castles

I named her naturally because I love castles

Dan Hogan
‘Dig a hole for the windchimes? Thought you’d never ask.’ ‘When you dig don’t lean down like that. Bend your knees or you’ll stuff your back,’ said dad, snatching the shovel from my hands, plunging it into the lawn. ‘Watch.’ ...
Hiroshima Blooms

Hiroshima Blooms

Gretchen Shirm
Susie arrived in Hiroshima from Kyoto on the Hikari. The train snaked off behind her, gathering in speed and pitch as it moved. She wheeled her bag along the platform, which followed her obediently. The day was grey and clouds ...
Viets in Perth

Viets in Perth

Tien Tran
This was the first of Tien’s three deaths. His arm was ripped from the elbow by Nappa, the evil Saiyan from Planet Vegeta, so he focused the last of his strength to fire one final tri-beam. Electric currents sparked the ...
Carve

Carve

Eleanor Limprecht, Eleanor Limprecht
It’s the rasp of wheels on bitumen, the scrape of a carve. It always makes me turn. ‘Can you believe it? What a nuisance.’ Marie sits Grace up on her lap to burp. ‘He’s bound to cause an accident.’ I straighten my ...
Phantom Feelings

Phantom Feelings

Tina Huang
Once, I had a friend confess to me that she wasn’t in love with the woman she was seeing. In fact, her confession went—she had never felt physical attraction to anyone she had dated. At night, she would drive all over ...
The Faerie Pool

The Faerie Pool

Gregory Day
I We left the hotel, where the warmth had been in the fire, the fire in our eyes, and went outside to walk to the perched lake. These things, these mythic local things, sound strange when you write them. Both ...
A Thousand Steps

A Thousand Steps

Penny Gibson
At the age of 53, there are times now when Adrian wakes in dread, feeling the tickle of mortality in the night. There is something he should have done while there was still time. Sweat pools on his chest, yet ...
The Mighty Have Fallen

The Mighty Have Fallen

Kate Ryan
Well, Norman got there. Surely that was an achievement. Beforehand, he had fussed around choosing a shirt. The dark-blue pinstripe or the white? Grey jacket or grey jumper? He would have scoffed at that kind of rubbish before. Helen had ...
The Commemorative Medal

The Commemorative Medal

S.J. Finn
The chocolates were expensive and they didn’t have the hard centres Adriene’s father had asked her to buy her mother for her birthday, but she said, ‘Do you think her teeth will hold up to the hard centres?’ as if ...
Eleuterio Cabrera’s Beautiful Game

Eleuterio Cabrera’s Beautiful Game

Jordan Prosser
Eleuterio Cabrera was in his seventies when he discovered the Anomaly. He wasn’t a scientist. He was a football fan. Born in the Puerto Madero barrio of Buenos Aires to Maria, a seamstress, and Fidelio, a longshoreman, Eleuterio led a nondescript ...
A Little, Late

A Little, Late

Alex Sawyer
'I think it matters that we did some­thing,’ Katherine said, not looking at me but at the camp stove, the lid rattling as the water started to boil. ‘Doesn’t it? We did what we could.’ We sat side by side, ...
Beam of Light

Beam of Light

John Kinsella
Under the overhangs of The Hills’ forests and blue metal quarries, where the couple had moved with their new baby to start over, the red-brick house with its Spanish arches held them uneasy, restless. He was being treated for his ...
We had her on top of us all the time

We had her on top of us all the time

Pip Smith
It might have been a week after the last election, I can’t quite be sure, when a huge rust-streaked ship drifted into the island’s waters. The shire sent a boat out in case the ship’s crew were in distress, but ...
Soroche

Soroche

Jane O'Sullivan
We were up around five thousand metres when I started to vomit. Not the kind I was good at. The violent kind. The kind that left me hanging over the bowl, all strings of bitter yellow. That’s how you found me ...
Sleepers

Sleepers

James Bradley
Leah was in one of the tents in the eastern section when she noticed the clinic nurse, Pranshi, outside. Trying not to lose the thread of what the woman in front of her was saying she caught Pranshi’s eye and ...