Newcastle Herald short story competition 2022: George Chambers writes 'Silently, on webbed feet'

By George Chambers
Updated January 20 2022 - 12:47am, first published January 16 2022 - 11:00pm
FICTION FINALIST: The author took inspiration from this Marina Neil photo

The fisherman waited, quietly, at ease. For him it was a form of meditation; a serene escape from the everyday mundane madness that the world had devolved into. It was difficult for him to understand just how something as small and simple as a virus could change everything so suddenly and thoroughly. His employer told him that it would be temporary, and after all, it was unrealistic to expect that the club would remain open when no customers were permitted. No customers, no club; no club, no barman. And after all, the lockdown was temporary. Only a week, two at most, they all said. All the clever people from the government.

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