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Road to Nowhere

Iraked my fingers through my spiky blonde hair. My tongue stud hurt and my skin itched. Memories of what happened in Adelaide were still raw, pulsing through my head. I should never have done it. I’d panicked. If only I’d shown some self-control, I wouldn’t be where I was now. On the road to bloody nowhere.

Just after sunrise we hit a kangaroo. Josh got out of the Ute and killed it with a wheelwrench. The macabre scene, backlit by a blood-orange sun bursting over the horizon, made me wonder if I was hallucinating.

I stole a look at Josh as he jumped back into the cab. There was something earthy about him I found attractive. What was I thinking? I was always too quick to hit on men. He would turn out just like the rest of them. Try to make me go straight. ‘Your habit will kill you, Maggie,’ Nathan always said. No, this was just a ride. When we got to Darwin I’d make some excuse and leave him. I’d get a job in a bar there.

Outside the window, the mulga scrub scudded by like a neverending video. ‘When will we reach Darwin?’ I asked.

‘Tomorrow, I guess, if the traffic isn’t too dense.’

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