Hope for the hopeless


The budget lock up sequestered the national news media for a day. Journalists spent that time discussing budget papers and caressing the phantom notifications left by their absent mobile phones.

Fairies and trolls emerged from the shadows of the country, doing a quick tidy up while no-one was looking. An teacher in a remote community was buoyed by a mysterious second wind. A shelter for homeless people was surprised to find it had enough to go around as winter beckoned. An addict summoned an extra moment’s courage. A child in detention for reasons she couldn’t fathom was struck by a feeling of hope that stayed with her through the day.

Today though the news is debt and deficit. Tax and abandoned aid. Other invisible hands take care of invisible people. Pull the shadows around them and disappear into myth.

About Rachel Watts

I am a writer from Perth, Western Australia. My speculative fiction novella Survival will be released in early 2018. View all posts by Rachel Watts

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