Catching the Barramundi – Rebecca Burns
2150 words General Fiction
A lonely widow living in the Outback, a visiting scientist, a barramundi – a meeting to change perspectives.
Halfway through the ironing, Connie stopped and listened to the river. Just over a click from her door, the water was never still. In the dark she heard it throbbing against the sandbank, blackened foam rolling and tumbling with the current. The seasonal floods always made for summer debris, and the occasional snapping of dead trees and branches carried far into the warm night. The crunch of old wood made for a welcome companion to Connie’s toil, beating a steady rhythm as she smoothed and pressed her son’s shirts.