Short Story Competition 2023 finalists: Vanessa Wills' Carrion

By Vanessa Wills
Updated January 27 2023 - 10:00pm, first published January 26 2023 - 3:30pm
Picture by Max Mason-Hubers
Picture by Max Mason-Hubers

The smell of the cattle is one of the first things I remember. A warm, earthy, grassy smell mixed with the sharp odour of dung. Later, light fanning towards me as the door opened. Huddled in a corner, my ankles chained like a calf foetus resisting the call of the world.

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