Goldie – Catherine McArdle
1800 words Feel Good
An uninvited visitor brings hope to a young family faced with a frightening medical diagnosis.
When Linda heard Frank walk into the kitchen, she tilted the box as if she wanted to read the instructions without the glare of morning light on the glossy packaging: Approximately half a cup of oats, add three quarters of a cup of water. Reaching up to the cupboard above the bench, she grabbed a red plastic measuring cup and poured oats into it, the soft sound of the grains loud against Frank’s silence. He was still angry. Finally he spoke. ‘You’re not making porridge for me, are you?’
Love in the Old Melbourne Gaol – Catherine McArdle
2000 word Teen / Romance
Stumbling into a darkened prison cell to be confronted by a stranger with a knife is not Maddie’s idea of a perfect Australian vacation. But all is not as it seems.
As Maddie slogged up the city street towards The Old Melbourne Gaol, she wished she had never come to Australia. Hot wind rushed past and tugged at her long hair, and she reached up to twist the knot tighter at the back of her head. Bored with small town life in the foothills of the Adirondacks, dreaming of kangaroos and idyllic afternoons on sunlit beaches, she’d jumped at the chance to spend a semester on the other side of the world.