An excerpt from a short story I wrote for an anthology from Little Raven - soon coming out in print form.
I had fun writing this - a spicy short set in the 90s - because it was my first time writing something set in a non-current time period. I'd hate to say "historical" for period in my own lifetime!
It was also one of the few stories I've written with a strong sense of place. I think incorporating setting is one of my weaknesses but this story is all about setting.
I live in Melbourne, a city divided by the Yarra River. There is a strong rivalry between those that live North and South of the river.
I used to live in the inner South in St Kilda. I rarely traveled to the North and figured it was all urban hippies, vegans with dreadlocks wearing tie dye and hemp clothing.
I live in the North now, first in the inner suburbs then moving out to the really outer 'burbs. I loved living in the South, close to the water, but it's become all gentrified now and lost it's soul. I'm glad I live in the North.
Do you live in a city with strong rivalries between areas?