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Entries from April 30th, 2010

Craft Fair Chaos

April 30th, 2010 2 Comments

Willow texts Winona and asks if she wants to go to the market this weekend. Winona replies, asking which market? Willow said that she has heard of a farmer’s market that has started up in one of the parks. Winona asks if she means the one in Thorndon, or Te Aro, or on the waterfront? […]

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The Guardian Sphinx

April 28th, 2010 Comments Off on The Guardian Sphinx

It is now Winona’s turn to navigate the intricacies of a job interview. In Wellington, the mushy term “Business Analyst” can be read as “Smart Person Wanted.” So Winona sent in a CV for a position being guarded by an employment agency. Gratifyingly, her cellphone rang two days later. Now, she is facing off across […]

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Landlord’s Perogative

April 26th, 2010 Comments Off on Landlord’s Perogative

Wazzer lives in a rented bungalow in Kilbirnie with a manicurist, a call center worker, and a security/guard bouncer. (Yes, a female bouncer. Be very afraid.) In their late thirties to early forties, they have moved beyond most flatmate dramas: their occasional squabbles have a sisterly tone.  There are also two potbellied cats, tabby and […]

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April 23rd, 2010 1 Comment

There is now a new indignity for Willow to endure as a single Wellington woman. For three weekends in a row, she has been unbrunched. The dust from her move has settled, the little townhouse in Hataitai is all hers, avocado 1970s kitchen, peach-hued bathroom, and all. She had pictured entertaining in the  rimu breakfast […]

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Celebrity Sighting

April 21st, 2010 Comments Off on Celebrity Sighting

Winona is at a cafe and a celebrity comes in. Everyone ignores him. At least, it seems that no one is looking at him directly. Even the waitress sidles up to his table as if she is overcoming peripheral vision difficulties. But a certain abbreviated murmuring goes around. Is that who I…you know…yes, I do […]

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The Waiting Space

April 19th, 2010 Comments Off on The Waiting Space

Willow hadn’t minced words about her flat when she offered it to Winona. “It’s the kind of place that you live when you’re saving up for something.” “If everything works out, we’ll just be there for six months, maybe  a year,” Winona admits. “I’m sure it’s fine for us.” It is, just barely. This abode […]

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Wellington Men III: The Export

April 16th, 2010 Comments Off on Wellington Men III: The Export

Will has started his new job, at a private software development juggernaut. Out for drinks with the new crew, he meets someone else who’s recently come to Wellington. Woodrow has a knot of people around him, enjoying his happy, shouty vibe. He can’t believe his luck. He’s down here on contract for Weta Digital, working […]

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Wellington Men II: The Cad

April 14th, 2010 Comments Off on Wellington Men II: The Cad

Set up in the new flat, there’s only so much online job hunting and waiting for the phone that Winona can stand. She fabricates errands. She is lingering through the New World Metro grocery store when she runs into an old acquaintance. In his rough, warm voice, he murmurs, “Choice to have you back. You […]


Wellington Men I: The Best Mate

April 12th, 2010 Comments Off on Wellington Men I: The Best Mate

Will is deeply relieved that Wayne is still his best mate. The big O.E. has broken up mateships of longer duration than theirs, hatched at university. But Wayne is as reliable as ever. On moving day, he’s the one helping haul a king-sized bed out of a TradeMe seller’s home (“Must Pick Up”) into Will’s […]

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