Mike was holding his daughter’s 21st birthday party in a small weatherboard hall, miles from anywhere.

At forty-eight, his sister, Linda, looked vibrant and youthful: smart hairdo, trim white slacks, summery top. She lingered outside in the twilight chatting with her friend Helene, enjoying the fresh country air.

Moments later a young lass in her twenties approached, looking anxious. ‘Have you seen an elderly woman out here?’ she asked.

‘No,’Helene said, ‘There’s only us.’

‘Oh dear,’ she said. ‘Mike is waiting to give his speech. He asked me to find his sister.’

She must have wondered why the two exchanged a glance and roared with laughter, Linda having a sudden picture of herself, decades older, with a walking-stick.

About wraxdec

I've reached the age of flamboyance and bling.I love Classical FM, Jazz, French chansons, French movies, SBS Documentaries and Wednesdays with my Women Writers Critique Group at the NSW Writers Centre.I've published short stories and the occasional article. My novel/'faction on nursing in the 20th Century,' BLACK STOCKINGS WHITE VEIL - A TALE OF ADVERSITY, TRIUMPH AND ROMANCE AT ROYAL PRINCE ALFRED HOSPITAL'- was a Finalist in the 2009 Indie Book Awards. I've critiqued a second fictional family memoir, 'SONGS FROM HEAVEN', and am working through a third, 'GOING HOME'.
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2 Responses to CAN YOU BELIEVE…

  1. John Wright says:

    Many years ago I was attending a party with my late wife, who was 2 years younger than me. One of the other female guests asked her if I was her son. I remember how upset she was, and what this did to her fragile self-esteem. I also remember that she was too stunned to reply.

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