My dad won the fishing competition. He caught the longest Murray cod and won $1,000. This gave me considerable prestige at school. The tuckshop gave me extra tomato sauce on my meat pie, Mr Taylor, the PE teacher acknowledged me with a slight nod, and Miss Jones didn’t give me detention when I forgot my…

“I haven’t seen flies that big since…” Mum’s voice startles me. I wait to hear the rest. Since? I will her to continue. My sister stills. “Since?” she asks, her voice too loud, too needy. But mum’s eyes wander to the window and the curtain that hangs limp and unmoving on this airless afternoon. We…

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