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Meeting Room Thirteen

August 25th, 2010 Comments Off on Meeting Room Thirteen

All up and down the Terrace and Featherston Street, there are cafes that have the luxury of closing all day Saturday and Sunday. Their free weekends are funded by being “Meeting Room 13.” When professionals in a central city office need to have a meeting, there’s a fifty-fifty chance that they’ll take off to a […]

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An Actual Conversation

June 11th, 2010 1 Comment

Willow and Winona meet up for lunch at one of the many unremarkable cafes on the Terrace. Willow is a little twitchy. She showed up in her usual winter Friday outfit, corduroys, a Polarfleece, a knitted hat, to find Winona crisply glam in a red trench coat, of all things. She’s been wondering for a […]

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Rites of Passage

May 7th, 2010 Comments Off on Rites of Passage

“I blew it,” Winona moans. “I could’ve prevaricated and spun them a load of – ” Winona glances at her sister Helena’s two children, sitting attentively with them at the café table. “A load of guff, but no, I couldn’t not explain.” Helena says, philosophically, “They can’t be mad at you for telling them the […]

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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 Good Day

March 31st, 2010 Comments Off on The Good Day

“You can’t beat Wellington on a good day.” And today is one of them. Clear silvery sunshine beats down on the jackets everyone is wearing, just in case. The autumn freshness means they’re still comfortable. The harbor’s waters retain summer’s friendly turquoise, only a hint of darker cold currents in the deeper spots. Even the […]

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Not An Interview

March 19th, 2010 Comments Off on Not An Interview

Will is at the strange ritual of Having Coffee With A Potential Employer, a Wellington phenomenon as measured as a Japanese tea ceremony. First, there is the hosts’ disclaimer that this meeting of minds isn’t an interview. They just wanted to meet him. It is unspoken that, if he is found worthy, an actual job […]

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