Title: Inés

Author: Louise Wrightson

In: Sport 18: Autumn 1997

Publication details: Fergus Barrowman, April 1997, Wellington

Part of: Sport

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Sport 18: Autumn 1997



Inés is in bed with her husband. He confides that once he believed in magic. He was a boy magician. His father's friend took him to a bookshop. The book he wanted was very expensive. His father's friend asked for a rubber and a pencil. They turned their backs, rubbed out the price and wrote a new one. Then they gave the rubber and the pencil back to the shop assistant. She thanked them and sold them the book.

That night Inés dreams her husband is sawn in half. One half—the top half—refuses to get out of bed. It shouts—Time is money! Getting and spending! I'm sick of it! The bottom half goes to work as usual, wearing polished black shoes and grey trousers.