Richie’s New Year Surprise

Richard Banks hobbled down the footpath for a daily inspection of his mail box. It was a ritual he’d performed since retiring from his work as a mechanic. He was noted around the district as one who could fix anything mechanical farmers possessed and some of their equipment had long since run out of service options as those products had ceased production for one reason … Continue reading Richie’s New Year Surprise

Muriel Fights Back

“What was that noise?” Muriel whispered these words glancing around for her husband’s response. But Jock was not there, and she recalled he’d made a trip to the supermarket for her. She was so used to having him around to talk with in their retirement that even when he was off golfing or pottering around the yard, she still had little one-way conversations with him … Continue reading Muriel Fights Back

Delayed Proposal

Conrad Jansen sat in his car thinking. He’d just dropped Helene off at her home after office and the usual custom was to return to his apartment for a change of clothes and a quick snack while Helene had her supper. Her parents insisted they have family time with her as it was their custom from childhood children should spend the evening meal together with … Continue reading Delayed Proposal

Thao

Thao paused to check out sales specials in the bargain basement of the department store. The Christmas rush was well behind, and departments were desperately trying to offload stock left over from the Christmas season so they could free up cash flow for their orders of coming season clothing. Thao loved bargains and always waited for change of seasons sales so she could stock up … Continue reading Thao

Beth’s Family Discovery Chapter 2

Discovering a New Inspiration “I’m not happy Joan and don’t know why. Suddenly running these multiple franchises is not giving me the buzz it used to, and I need to think about what I want to do with my life now. I’m not getting any younger.” Joan laughed. “I’m a year older than you Beth. Are you telling me I must retire? I’m not at … Continue reading Beth’s Family Discovery Chapter 2

Beth’s Discovery – Chapter 1

The Journey into Depression Beth Henderson looked at the pile of personal effects delivered to her door in boxes considering what she’d do with them. She requested the delivery men to wait while she removed her car from the garage and backed it onto the lawn maneuvering around the truck parked in her driveway skillfully. Then she went into the garage to survey space available … Continue reading Beth’s Discovery – Chapter 1

Cultural Adaption

Ahmed gazed with astonishment at the children of the family next door playing in their front yard. He was aware the name of the game in English was basketball. Since his family had moved into the neighbourhood from the detention centre where refugees had been processed over countless months he’d lost track of time, and troubles in his homeland were beginning to fade from his … Continue reading Cultural Adaption

The Singapore Connection – Chapter 8

Married Life Stanley interrupted his memories as he refocused on a panorama of the South Pacific Ocean once again.  This always thrilled him as he looked toward Moreton Island in the distance where a thunderstorm was brewing, he’d relived these memories over and over since Jade died. Having thrown himself into work at the office afterward with a vengeance it had taken the mind off … Continue reading The Singapore Connection – Chapter 8

The Singapore Connection – Chapter 4

  Jade Faces Reality Stanley was horrified. After her reaction yesterday when she woke up she’d probably never speak to him again. He couldn’t bear for that to happen. He struggled with what to do now and reached down to try and make her more comfortable. A wave of pleasure coursed through him. “I love you.” He whispered involuntarily stoking her jet-black hair. The words … Continue reading The Singapore Connection – Chapter 4