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Sydney

Female | 20s | Under 3 minutes
Starts on page 37

EXTRACT: I wonder if all it takes to get left behind is to die, or to have someone else die, and then there’s nothing keeping you in their lives or their memory anymore so you’re just… a leftover, like the books and the clothes and all the other stuff Candice keeps shoving into boxes. I’m worried that’s what’s going to happen. That Mum adopted me, so I was hers more than anyone’s, and now she’s gone and I’m still here and it’s only a matter of time before somebody realises and wonders what to do with me.


Alex

Female | 30s | 3 to 5 minutes
Starts on page 46

EXTRACT: I just want to get it out, whatever I have to do, I just want to break things and hurt things. People. Sometimes I go running until it gets dark. I used to wonder where it came from but maybe it’s just me. Maybe I’m just broken. Maybe I’m the piece of shit. Matt comes home with these beautiful flowers and I just want to run after him and shove them down his throat, thorns first, see how he likes it. “Your Mum’s dead. You’ll always be an addict. Have some flowers. I promise it’ll get better.”