Leopard

A literary short story published in:
The New Quarterly, Issue 157, Winter 2021, pp. 94-98

Irene had chosen to live on the beautiful coast of an island in BC, remote but with one village she could visit for supplies. Here she could be alone, put her past behind her, and, simply, escape people. Her silence was interrupted when she rescued a twelve-year-old who had stolen a rowboat and was battling shoreline rocks and waves. Days after, the salmon fisherman who got the mayday call took the girl to visit his auntie in the small village so Irene could settle back into her way of life. But if “Rower” left, would Irene feel herself to be not free but lonely?