18+ White walls, sweet antiseptic, tubes and wires, electronic beeps and the laboured, wheezing breath of my shrunken father.
We need to talk, soon. Not about the future or present; now we've only got the past.
But my phone distracts me. I wish we had more time and words!
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A middle-aged dad and dog owner, Robert Fairhead is an editor and writer at Tall And True, and blogs on his eponymous website, RobertFairhead.com.
His favourite pastimes include reading and writing, walking his dog, and watching Aussie Rules Football with his son. He is also a part-time dog trainer and runs classes at his local dog training club and through Robert's Responsible Dog Training.
Robert has worked as an electrician, a computer programmer, and a sales and marketing consultant, and he is the principal copywriter at Rocher Communications.
His book reviews and writing on dogs have appeared in newspapers and online. And in 2020, he published a collection of short stories, Both Sides of the Story.
Robert has also enjoyed a one-night stand as a stand-up comic.
I wrote this microfiction for a competition run by Meanjin Quarterly to celebrate the introduction of 280-character Twitter. The "@Meanjin Twiction" rules were simple, tweet a 280-character story and include the hashtag
#meanjin280! The top 10 stories were to be published on the Meanjin Blog (at the time of sharing this on Tall And True, I don't know if mine was one of the 10!).