This story was born in a workshop with Jude Higgins, and very sadly is the last to be published by Shane O’Halloran at Fiction Kitchen Berlin, a lovely online journal that also published an earlier piece of mine.
GREAT AUNT MAVIS AND THE TREES
Mavis arrives after a decade’s absence, wild grey hair and weathered skin, rust-speckled motorbike burping blue smoke. She hugs us, then lifts her hands in high-priestess pose, breathing, “It’s so good to be back! Such a spiritual place!”