A novella in 21 chapters

The Plot: Chapter 6

Stickybeaks and Sticky Ends

Steve Fendt
Serial Stories
Published in
5 min readMay 27, 2024

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‘Night Visit’ by Steve Fendt

Dima

The torch beam swept around, picking out shapes in the darkness. Shadows swivelled as he moved slowly along the path.

He came to a halt in the cleared, mulched area beneath the canopy of the walnut. There was a swing hanging from a big horizontal bough, a circle of concrete mushrooms for seating.

The night air was mild, redolent of things growing and decaying. It was not an unpleasant aroma. It evoked a faint nostalgia for — what? Something he couldn’t quite identify.

The allotments were pretty much as he’d thought. Worse.

Rambling pumpkins and beans, mildewed zucchini leaves. Cutesy scarecrows that wouldn’t frighten a sparrow. Pokey rectangular plots with decayed timber edging, dirt spilling out on to uneven brick paths. Over at the back, a rusty shipping container and a tatty porta-cabin with a water tank.

It was an OH&S disaster waiting to happen. Did they even have adequate public liability insurance? Doubtful.

More time, they wanted. Always more time. More, more.

What part of ‘Time is money’ did they not understand?

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Steve Fendt
Serial Stories

https://stevefendt.substack.com Short stories, serial fiction, memoirs of a possibly quasi-true nature. Stories of the Australian beach and bush.