Wu Mei – Chapter 4

Flirting with Danger Wu Mei noticed the note on her desk as she entered her office to commence work for the day. She didn’t recall putting it there as her desk was always tidied before she finished work late in the evenings. She glanced out of the window at Sydney Harbour eight stories below and…

Wu Mei – Chapter 3

  Cultural Orientation Next day an official from the Embassy came to the house to talk with Wu Mei. He was acquainted with her father Wu and greeted her warmly. They were driven to a Chinese centre at Chatswood which was just north of the harbour where she was introduced to families of an Australian…

Wu Mei – Chapter 2

  Culture Shock Wu had met his daughter in Beijing to spend a day giving her instructions before she entered into a culture so different from her experience. He’d hoped to accompany her and get her settled but party business required him to stay in Beijing.  It was important she realize her venture was part…

Wu Mei – Chapter 1

The Family Wu Mei bowed to each member of the extended family as she responded to the announcement. It was time to board her flight to Beijing from which departure point she was to undertake the long flight to Australia. The family had congregated from rural communities around the city to wish her good fortune…

Catstronaut

“Mom, there’s a cat outside trying to get into the house and acting funny!” Betty Ann looked down at her wildly gesticulating children and smiled. They had this tremendous capacity to exaggerate things so their concern didn’t generate the usual fight or flight mechanism women feel when their children appear breathless and stressed. She quietened…

An Eye for an Eye – Conclusion

Levelling the Score After work next day Frank paid a visit to his daughter’s home. Sal was wearing a coat covering her bruises as she opened the door. She ushered him into the lounge and sat down. “You shouldn’t have done that Dad! He is so angry over you hitting him and while he isn’t…

An Eye for an Eye

. Chapter 1 – A Secret Revealed Carolyn stopped counting and glanced up from her latest knitting project. She’d heard the front door chimes and hoped Frank had too. “Frank can you get that, I’m in the middle of something at the moment. There was silence. Usually Frank acknowledged it when she asked for help….

Steve

Steve sat on a rock looking out over his domain. This was the same rock he’d rested on when the real estate agent had finished walking him over the three hills gracing this property five years earlier. He smiled as he let his imagination take over. The property had been lush green. He’d hardly contained…

Filip – Chapter 2

Finding a Safe Haven Filip realized it would have to be now or never. He needed to achieve his objectives after three years living as a virtual slave and having to hide his accumulating wealth.  He’d been milking generous European tourists for the equivalent money to get him back to Europe and had played that…

Filip

Refugee – Chapter 1 Filip stretched and yawned as he forced his eyes open. The sun’s rays were beginning to paint their usual colours on clouds as old sol strode toward the inland horizon. It had been a tough night as he struggled to find a comfortable place to sleep. The moon was at its…

A Home for Tilly

Robyn looked out the window of their bedroom to check on her two children playing in the front yard. It was a school holiday. She sighed as she remembered her childhood. No need for fences or locked gates in that era. She didn’t like those kind of restrictions. No need for them in her day…

Coming to Terms with Reality

Frank sighed as he sat in his favourite chair. In his hands he held a picture of his wife Jill. It had been taken a year before their marriage and the two of them exuded confidence and happiness in that picture. They’d known each other as neighbours from high school days, had separated to pursue…