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Entries from October 29th, 2010

She Knew Him When

October 29th, 2010 2 Comments

While Willow scours the streets, looking helplessly for her escaped cat, someone knocks on the door of her little townhouse. Her flatmate, Wazzer, still in a terry bathrobe, opens it. “Yeah?” It’s hard to say who’s more surprised, Wazzer or Wayland. Wazzer leans against the doorframe, tattoos peeping out, multiple ear piercings glistening. She lives […]

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Cat Versus DIY

October 27th, 2010 Comments Off on Cat Versus DIY

“Don’t let the cat out!” was Willow’s endless refrain during brunch at her house. “Cilla’s a house cat. It’s best for cats to be house cats in the city. She’s very gentle, she’s so sweet I’m afraid somebody would nick her. No, she can’t even go into the courtyard – Ruahine Street and all that […]


Making A Meal Of It

October 25th, 2010 1 Comment

At long last, on the free Monday of Labour Day, Willow is hosting a brunch at her house. Will and Winona are there; Wazzer, pale and blinking in the daylight; and the rarely seen Woodrow. They are fortifying themselves, without paying holiday service surcharges, before going downtown to the big rally, clamoring to keep The […]

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Game On

October 18th, 2010 Comments Off on Game On

After enthused reports, Will and Winona have ventured to the roller derby. Alas, this end of season game is tepid. Fan favorites are out with injuries, or working behind the scenes to give fresh skates a chance. One team has won two previous bouts, so this third one isn’t changing anything. Like many in the […]

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God’s Less Posh Waiting Room

October 11th, 2010 2 Comments

Most days, Will chooses to disremember his Etekahuna boyhood. Still, every good bloke calls home on his Mum’s birthday, even if a tongue lashing awaits. Will got off fairly lightly, with “we’ll see you at Christmas, won’t we?” and “if you’ve got a car, go visit your Nan, she’s in a home in the Hutt […]

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Wellywood Magic

October 8th, 2010 Comments Off on Wellywood Magic

Meanwhile, up the coast, Frankie, recently made redundant from Winona’s office, is dealing with the challenges of her new vocation. With her redundancy payout and a little loan on her little house,  yearning to be free of an office in late middle age, she has started up her own business. Everyone who visits her cleverly […]

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Her Vote

October 6th, 2010 1 Comment

You were going to vote in the local council elections. You really meant to. New mayor, and all. As you came through the door, the fat envelope was on the doorstep, full of the absurd candidate profiles and the precious ballot. Then your mobile rang, or you were really hungry for the takeaway in your […]

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Not The Usual Modus Operandi

October 4th, 2010 Comments Off on Not The Usual Modus Operandi

Winona looked out over the sparkling, glassy bay, then at the pure blue sky. Face upturned, squinting, she murmurs, “Who are you? And what have you done with our Wellington spring?” The usual modus operandi is that Wellington’s springtime lags, after a burst of September enthusiasm. It dawdles in the rain; it forgets to put […]

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Mad On Wheels

October 1st, 2010 1 Comment

Happy Fare Increase Day, Wellington! Public transportation prices are rocketing up. The trains are more irregular than ever, alternating between sleek 21st-century carriages and third-world dysfunction. Will’s corner of his office is smug in the face of his these difficulties. Will and his seating colleagues have the Wellington transportation solution trifecta between them. Will walks […]

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