The story follows a young couple for a day, as they explore inner-city Melbourne: wandering through the Royal Botanical Gardens, exploring the National Gallery, and eating cake on Acland Street.
It’s currently sitting at 12 000 words, which makes for about a 45 minute read. If you’d like to make any comments or recommended changes, let me know and I’ll set up a Google Document of the story, which you’ll be able to collaborate in.
I’ve drawn inspiration from the Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke movie Before Sunset, and Haruki Murakami’s book South of the Border, West of the Sun .
The result is that there’s plenty of dialogue, as well a lot of what editors euphemistically call ‘internality’ - that is, “coming from, produced, or motivated by the psyche or inner recesses of the mind.” (In other words, the characters talk a lot - but they also think a lot).
Some of the themes explored include romance versus friendship; innocence versus experience; mortality versus renewal; memory versus forgetting; responsibilities versus authenticity; and conversation versus introspection.
While it’s hoped to be a stand-alone narrative, it’s actually a continuation of a couple of stories I’ve written over the years - ‘The Year of the Rat’ and ‘The Forty-Seventh Ronin’, some of which has been published for real.