At this terrible time in Australia I’ve shared from Australia a poem, a painting and now this short fiction from an Australian author I follow – Cage Dunn – stark imagery of everything lost.
The old homestead needed more than a touch of TLC. It needed to be demolished and the ground razed and the black stumps chopped up and buried.
Summer. Sandy hated summer. The heat, the flies, the extra feed for the animals. More water sucked from the stinky bore. She couldn’t drink that water, she couldn’t grow that feed. The animals wouldn’t last this summer.
The last flock of breeders. There’d be no more after this. Her heart wasn’t in it anymore.
The house. The beautiful old house. Sandy visualised it as it was when she bought it.
Edwardian, veranda’s on four sides, double-French doors that opened onto the cool veranda.
Now it was a black mass of charcoaled timber and blackened stone. The beautiful Jarrah floor was dust and ash under the stumps.
What was left was the chimney, the cast-iron wood stove, two or three pencils of framing timber…
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