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“Yoo-hoo Scott, long time no see.”

He’d attempted not to see her; ambushed now.

“Uh, hi Ginny.  You ok?”  Ignores her crutches.

“No, not really, Old age caught up with me.  New hip, new knee.  Bloody painful.  You?

“Yeah, not so bad.  Busy.”

Ginny sniffs.  They are always busy, people these days.  No time to be neighbourly.  She’d made them shortbread.  Left it in their letterbox.  Too busy to thank her.  Their choice.

“Must go.”  Doesn’t mention the shortbread.  She has plenty of time to muck about like that.  Her choice.

Ginny clumps up the drive.  She hurts.  All over.



Katharine Shelley Kirton has been published in Mindfood magazine New Zealand, The Peace Lily: A Story in Three Breakfasts and in the Atlantis Short Story Award Anthology 2018, You Are Wonderful. In 2020 she received an Honourable Mention in the New Zealand Writers College Short Story Competition with Those Were the Days.


“Scottish Shortbread Fingers” by SoQ錫濛譙 is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

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