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 a crowded tearoom. She buys a pot of tea and a chocolate bar. The only seat is beside a man with dreadlocks. He unwraps the chocolate bar and takes a large bite. Inés stares at him in astonishment. She has done assertiveness training, so she takes a larger bite. The man glares. Inés takes a bite from his muffin too. She leaves with her head high. Outside the tearoom, she opens her bag to get the car keys and finds her chocolate bar.

That night Inés dreams she is lost in the bush reserve. She has been missing for four days. Her hair is matted. She is naked, pregnant and very hungry. All she has to eat is a chocolate bar. Her son and half of her husband—the bottom half—are searching for her.