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It was one of those typical outback afternoons; the heat unbearable, the flies unrelenting, and the dark, swirling clouds threatening yet another late-afternoon heat thunderstorm. No rain, of course, just thunder and lightning to threaten the already tinder dry brush surrounding the paddocks. The languid torpor that hung over the station, seemed to be mirrored by Rusty, the old Clydesdale, who stood, with his head hanging over the fence, just staring off into the distance, where the heat shimmered on the horizon. Rusty’s head hung down low and he didn’t even seem to have the strength to swat away the flies that congregated around his flanks and tail.
Rosco looked across at his friend and was worried. Rusty had been like this for a day or so now. He appeared to be down, depressed even and that was so unlike this pair of scallywags. They were always so on to it – so full of the joys of life, always planning their next great prank. What on earth has got into my buddy, Rosco mused. Trotting up beside him, he hung his head over the same fence and turned toward his friend, grinning, with teeth showing, hoping to raise at least a smile from Rusty – but nothing. Rusty didn’t even acknowledge his friend’s presence.
Rosco sighed and decided to try the direct approach. “Hey, cobber! What’s up my old friend? What’s grinding your gears, eh? You seem to have a real downer at the moment.”
Rusty slowly turned his head toward Rosco, his large, grey eyes clouded and perhaps even a little damp! “Rosco, are we bullies?” he enquired.
“Bullies... Bullies... Bullies...” Rosco spluttered. “What on earth has brought all this on me old china? Bullies? Hell no, Rusty, no way in the world are we bullies.” Rosco’s mane flipped from side to side as he gave the concept some more thought. Finally, he nudged his nose onto the top of Rusty’s head. “No Rusty. Just no! We just like a bit of fun, sure. Hey, everyone needs a bit of fun from time to time – a bit of a laugh. People love our practical jokes Rusty. They make them laugh and feel better about themselves.”
“Do they really Rosco... do they really?” Rusty slowly intoned. “I wonder! Do you think Stan and Ted found our practical joke funny?” Rusty looked out across the vast expanse of the station and then up at the angry, swirling, dark clouds overhead. “You know, we haven’t seen those two emus since we played that joke on them. They hightailed it out of here, for the bush, like the hounds of hell were on their tails and now they’re out there, all alone, probably terrified.” He looked straight into Rosco’s eyes. “We are bullies, Rosco, we are. You know, I saw a programme on the ABC last night about bullying and everything they said about bullies... well... it seemed like they were talking directly to us. I feel terrible Rosco.”
Rosco knew he had to act quickly or something like this could easily overwhelm his buddy. He’d always know Rusty was the sensitive one of the pair and he always felt things more than anyone else. “Now Rusty!” he berated him. “How many damn times have I told you not to watch those documentaries on the ABC? They always get you so het up, you know they do. You never listen to me.”
Rusty’s downcast expression became even sadder. “Oh, and now I’ve upset you as well, Rosco. Oh... Oh... Oh... I’m just so hopeless at everything. I think maybe it’s time to...” Rusty never got to finish his comment as Rosco interrupted him.
“Hey! Look here comes those two emu’s, Stan and Ted. I guess they’ve got over the unholy terrors now. Well, perhaps we’ll just have to think of something new to try next.”
Rusty’s look of disdain galvanised Rosco into action. “Now listen here Rusty and you listen real good. We are not going to allow these namby, pamby, liberal snowflakes to make us feel bad about bringing a little bit of laughter and fun into the world, now are we? We’ve talked about this often enough. We’re sick of all this political correctness bullshit, right? Strewth, if you can’t have a bit of fun at someone else’s expense, what’s the point of life?” Rosco looked his old buddy directly in the eyes. “I’m right, aren’t I? You know I am, right?”
Rust gave a loud sigh before saying, “Yes, Rosco, as usual, you’re right.”
The pair looked up at the approaching Emus. “Hey Stan, Ted, how’s it hanging boys? Thought you two were headed for the hills.”...
About the Author Grant Leishman
I am an expatriate New Zealander, living in Manila, The Philippines, with my wife and two daughters.
At age 55, after careers in Finance and Journalism, I have finally discovered my true passion in life - writing and I'm now "living the dream", writing full-time.
My first novel was a romantic, fantasy, adventure about the return of Jesus Christ to modern-day Manila to try and sort out the problems of the world - yet again! "The Second Coming", which was published by Pentian in June 2015.
My second novel "Just a Drop in the Ocean", a romance/adventure that spans a generation and two continents, was published in October 2015 and is available exclusively on Amazon and is free through Kindle Unlimited.
I have also published an anthology of paranormal/horror short stories in association with my son, Chris Leishman, titled Paranormal Alley, in December 2015. This is available exclusively on Amazon and is free to download through Kindle Unlimited.
The sequel to "The Second Coming" - "Rise of the AntiChrist" was published in January 2016 and is available at all the usual outlets.
The final novel in The Coming Series - is "Holy War."
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Ryn Shell's paintings are beautiful, and beyond fashion, her novels timeless, Her blog commentary centres around her experiences while creating each piece – stories about the gardens, land, and the wildlife she paints. Ryn Shell developed the multi-award winning Buninyong Gallery with her husband Reg Shell and has taken art exhibitions on tour around Australia, and especially through regional and the outback communities. She has painted commissions for an International clientele, and represented Australia at the International Artists’ Festival, Ryn Shell has been featured in the Australia Artist Magazine, and on Channel 9/WIN Television Network. Ryn Shell is the winner of numerous prestigious professional awards from portraiture, landscape and still life-floral studies in the mediums of oils, watercolour, pastels and drawing plus pottery, sculpture, and literature.
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Ryn Shell is also an acclaimed author of Australian rural-lit and Grey Nomad travel diaries. Ryn Shell's qualifications include a health science degree which she has maintained through refresher courses.. As Kathryn Simpson (maiden name) she has been awarded an HonoraryLife Governor Royal Children's Hospital. Melbourne. Together with her husband Reg Shell, they have been awarded environment protection awards by the Keep Australia Beautiful Committee.
Shell was a contributing author to the early publications of the Breast Feeding Society of Australia and was an office bearer, group leader, and councillor for the organisation. Ryn was one of a small committee who campaigned for and achieved approval for parenting rooms to be introduced into shopping malls, and for street curbs and entrances to public buildings to be designed for easy access for wheelchairs and prams, within Australia. She was active in creating community survival committees to assist new mothers with post natal depression.
From the beginning, Ryn's primary goals, (strengthened by her personal experience of lack of the basics of sufficient food, love and protection during her childhood,) was to have a happy family. Ryn feels blessed with having the love of a wonderful husband. They have two daughters and four grandchildren they are proud of. Ryn knows not to take the credit for their successes, nor to judge herself for not being able to be all things to everyone. With maturity, Ryn can recognise that her own mother gave the best she could under her circumstances. Continued below...
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About Ryn Shell - continued.
Inspired by her dress designer mother's efforts to overcome social prejudice, and to assist refugees from Europe following WWII, Ryn became actively involved in assisting the refugees to Australia following the Vietnam War. Ryn Shell has maintained an interest in social issues, especially those involving prejudice, equality, and the plight of the refugee.
Ryn Shell was a ghostwriter for the Australian Medical Journal. She has studied and taught business management and time-planning, and was awarded the Most Improved Small Business in Victoria Award in 1977 and was the runner up to the Most Improved Small Business in Australia that same year. As a public speaker, she specialised in the arts, small business, time management, health, and women's issues. Ryn Shell, now in her seventies, lives with husband Reg. and two house cats. She writes, paints, mentors, and teaches art online, also tending a cottage garden and the rural retreat she designed—with assistance due to age restrictions. Her mind is as sharp as in her youth, and she has no plans to retire. Ryn Shell believes that this is her time to pass an as much know-how as she can to those seeking to learn those skills that she's be fortunate to have mastered. Ryn believes she still has an enormous learning curve ahead.
There are heaps of goals Ryn Shell hasn't achieved, but no regrets: She'll never hike the lower Himalayas, but she did get to paint in California, including Yosemite, snorkel and dive the Great Barrier Reef, cruise the the ocean around the Yasawa Islands, and paint on location throughout Australia, which could hardly be classed as coming second to anything. By no means perfect—this isn't a list of one's flaws—Ryn, with her husband Reg, are loving a creative rural life. Ryn stays mentally active. Now, is her greatest opportunity to learn new things—namely creating art video lessons to assist her online students. At this stage, all tuition fees are used to improve the equipment required to deliver quality online video demonstration lessons. Vacancies are strictly limited in number. "Never stop learning.."