ABR Fiction

'Three sisters', a new story by Maria Takolander

Maria Takolander
Monday, 27 February 2012

Let us take a look at this place. Marshlands. All the way to the horizon. The land drained, but nevertheless sinking. Sinking into nothing, nothing but itself. Frogs volleying noise in the grass unseen. The hazy movement of mosquitoes low to the ground. On a blade of swamp grass a sleek cricket. Blacker than night and – look closely – its antennae twitching. Jus ...

'Russell Drysdale’s Trousers', a new story by Catherine Moffat

Catherine Moffat
Friday, 25 November 2011

They were large, stained, rust-coloured. You’d found them in an op shop somewhere. Old men’s trousers. I laughed and wouldn’t believe you when you said they once belonged to Russell Drysdale. So you took them off, right there on the Town Hall steps, and waved them in front of my face, flourishing the tag with the neat red stitching and Russell Drysdale’s nam ...

'Nitrogen', a new story by Meg Mundell

Meg Mundell
Tuesday, 25 October 2011

We fell into the ocean backwards, making the OK signal for the camera. Later I replayed that footage several times, but it never seemed accurate: all flailing flippers and ungainly limbs, smiles stretched around the mouthpiece, that messy shattering of the surface. Nothing like the slow, deadly grace of being underwater.

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'2048', a new story by Bruce Mutard

Bruce Mutard
Tuesday, 27 September 2011
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I got the call when I was too far away to do anything about it. There was a pile of marking to get through, but that had been the case even before the call.

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Now you won’t believe this one, but I’ll tell it anyway. There was a man, a roof tiler, and he was happily married to a woman called Nicole who worked part-time as a nail technician; they had three kids: Nina, Aiden and Jess....

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