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Entries from July 28th, 2010

Unrecognizable For A Night

July 28th, 2010 1 Comment

Willow can hardly believe it. It’s Saturday night. Instead of curling up with her cat and the latest issue of Nature, she has been swept up in Wazzer’s evening. Dressed in gothwear from Wazzer’s capacious wardrobe (“that corset hasn’t fit me in years”), and wearing a kilo of makeup from Wazzer’s even larger cosmetics stash, […]

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What Snow Is, and Will’s New Passion

July 26th, 2010 2 Comments

To Ulrika’s Swiss expatriate irritation, after five people have come all the way to Turoa with her, nobody else is particularly motivated to ski. They want to snowboard, drink, and send photos to their friends. Snow here is a toy, not a way of life. The only person willing to ski is, unexpectedly, Winona. “We […]

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A Flower for Vicky

July 21st, 2010 2 Comments

Winona trails home from work, lingering all the way. The winter evening feels like spring. She browses through a few stores, the sale racks full of rejected clothes for 22nd-century space nuns, and leaves empty-handed. Her walk home takes her through Courtenay Place – not packed with munted rowdies, as it will be on Saturday […]

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The Sighting

July 19th, 2010 Comments Off on The Sighting

Willow has borrowed her flatmate’s car for a grocery run. On her way home, she pulls over to put some petrol back in the tank. At the pump, she notices that the ordinary car on the other side of the petrol pump has a back seat stuffed with quilts and pillows and duffel bags. Who […]


Leave Town During The Film Festival? Are You Mad?

July 16th, 2010 Comments Off on Leave Town During The Film Festival? Are You Mad?

Winona is vexed. Her partner Will says that  his work friend Ulrika, a Swiss expatriate inspired by the crisp, cold weather, wants them to join her and a few other people on a ski weekend.  Winona can’t ski, but that doesn’t bother her. The real problem is that she doesn’t want to leave Wellington during […]

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Rusticated III: Seen At The Market

July 9th, 2010 Comments Off on Rusticated III: Seen At The Market

It is Saturday morning, time to entertain guests. Wilhelmina has taken Leona, her friend from Levin to Frank Kitts Market. A chatty stall holder switched off and lost interest when she mentioned being from Levin and remembering the stall holder from a market up there.  Wilhelmina has her back up about it. Wilhelmina huffs, “I […]

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Rusticated II, or, Bacon Futures

July 7th, 2010 4 Comments

The season of guests visiting Wellington has only just begun. Across town, Winona and Will are similarly gobsmacked by their own out-of-town visitor. Owen was at university with Will. He is currently in Winona and Will’s living room, in a striped shirt and braces, his bowler hat placed carefully on a table. Twelve years after […]

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July 5th, 2010 Comments Off on Rusticated

Having a large house near downtown Wellington, silver-haired Wilhelmina and Wilson, in their golden years, are eager hosts.  Unfortunately, their current guests are testing their hospitable good nature. Once upon a time, when they lived in the same city, they had been close friends with these guests. Eventually, the friends said adieu to their kids, […]

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Auckland Mysteries

July 2nd, 2010 Comments Off on Auckland Mysteries

Willow is in Auckland for work, just for a few days. Why are men in Auckland fawning all over her? Her Auckland friends complain just as much as she does about no good men, dismal dating, etc. Maybe it’s the recent influx of South American immigrants that she’s heard about? Not having a mirror in […]

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