Fiction

The Man Who Sold Water to All of Australia

A cardboard packet on the kitchen table had an illustration of a little farmhouse and a stockman on a galloping horse. Giovanni opened it and one by one counted five twenty-two-calibre bullets into the black metal magazine of his Stirling rifle, and clicked the magazine into place. He stood with the rifle and drew the bolt up and back so that one bullet was in the chamber, something he once would never have done while still indoors, but no one was in the house anyway, and he slung the gun over his shoulder, paused in the hallway, grabbed his hat,…

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