My Learner’s Permit

I got my learner’s permit this morning. Our school took us to this track in the country that is purpose-built for teaching learners how to drive, especially if they have never sat in the driver’s chair of a car before. It was a little bit scary, if I’m being honest. Our class got a stern …

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Steely-Eyed Dare

‘I told you he’d chicken out!’ a voice drifted towards me on the wind, from far, far below. I snuck a look over the side and immediately regretted it – two stories hadn’t looked quite so high from down there.          ‘Nah man,’ a second voice giggled, ‘I think he’s actually gonna do it!’          …

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The Bathtub Call

I put the phone down and sighed, resting my head in my hands.          ‘Was that your mum again?’ Amy asked, walking into the room with the baby on her hip.          ‘Yeah, yeah it was,’ I nodded, rubbing the back of my neck. ‘She just got home from the hospital, actually.’          ‘Oh my …

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You Can What

‘So you’re telling me–’          ‘I am.’ ‘Let me finish.’          ‘Go ahead.’ ‘You’re telling me that you can lift that ute.’            ‘I absolutely can.’ ‘That ute right over there?’          ‘Yep, should be doable.’         ‘With your bare hands?’          ‘Wouldn’t have it any other way.’ ‘You think that’s a thing that’s, like… physically …

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Drama on Deck

‘Ow!’ I cried out, jerking my hand back from the console.          Ayura, my second-in-command, twisted in her seat to look back at me from the navigation station.          ‘Did it just spark on you again?’ she asked, eyebrow raised. I frowned at her.          ‘No,’ I mumbled, finger stuck in my mouth to soothe …

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The Salted Air

‘The docks?’ I called out to Loque as the salty tang of the ocean water assaulted me through the fog.          ‘Must you insist on asking questions you already know the answer to, Radcliffe?’ the blurry shape in front of me admonished. I sighed and picked up my pace so that I might be at …

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The Tattoo Exhibition

I have always been fascinated by art. I’m not very talented myself, but watching other people create art is a real treat. I enjoy every kind of art, from basic types such as paintings, drawings and sculptures, all the way up to interpretive dances and trimming the trees in your front garden. There is so …

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I’m In Love

Everyone says life is sunshine and roses and I never believed them. In fact, for the longest time, I thought that life was the complete opposite. It was dark and dreary and nothing would ever change that. I thought people were just pretending to be happy all the time and used it as kind of …

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A Neighbourly Request

‘Sorry, but we really don’t need any more cookies,’ I started, reluctantly opening the door. ‘Oh.’          A smiling man stood in front of me, decidedly not the young girl in a beret I’d been expecting.          ‘Sorry, we’re being hounded by a particularly pushy… salesperson,’ I frowned. ‘How can I help you?’          ‘My …

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