Excerpt from short story. ‘The Fish And The Hiccup’. Published 2011. NT Literary Awards Publication
Shortlisted. Northern Territory Literary Awards. Dymocks Arafura Short Story Category.
“…clouds skidded across the sky and the damp grass squelched and squeaked beneath their feet. The girl sat to rest on a park bench under a Jacaranda tree by the creek. The boy sat by her side, and placed the tea cup with the fish carefully on the ground beneath them. As he did this the girl quickly opened her purse, pulled out the hiccup and swallowed it. She was worried the boy might try to kiss her. They sat together and felt the breeze become wind on their faces. The girl wondered if it would rain. The boy wondered if they would kiss.
The fish splashed around and around in the tea cup. The hiccup took up its own rhythm. The girl leant forward. She filled her lungs with a huge gulp of air and…”
Short story. ‘The Fish And The Hiccup’.