21 May 2015

The Unbroken Line - extract

One

It had been six weeks, almost to the day, since he'd had a drink. Remembering the last glass summoned images of that desperate night – the blade glinting under streetlights before it rose again, steaming with his blood in the winter air.

Will Harris took another sip from the champagne Eva had ordered for them.

'It must feel good to be out of that wheelchair,' Eva said, no doubt seeing the veil of memory descend across his face.

The restaurant had been Eva's idea – a date to reboot the fraught circumstances of their meeting; a balance against her holding his wounds closed until the ambulance had arrived.

'Adversity may have a way of bringing people together,' she said, 'but more often it fucks them up.'

Will nodded. 'It does. No changing the way we met,' he said. 'Just what we do from here.'

Earlier they had watched as the setting sun bathed orange light over the pale gums that grew along the banks of the Yarra. From their place above the canopy they could see the turgid water as it traced its way through the wealthy suburbs towards the darkening city and on, again, into the black inevitability of the ocean.

With the arrival of dusk a low line of bats had emerged into the air and even now, as they waited for dessert, the procession continued. 
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