Copyright 2011: Grace by Mark Stewart. All rights reserved. No part of this story may be reproduced in any form without written permission from the author. This story is fictitious and a product of the author’s imagination. Resemblance to any actual person living or dead is purely coincidental.
Melbourne Australia 1934
THE sound of someone chopping wood interrupted Grace’s piano practice. Exhaling she stood. Using the back of her knees she pushed moved the narrow stool which had been recently re-covered in a dull red cloth. Slamming the piano lid shut, she marched to the window in the dining room to investigate.
The wood shed, forty feet from the house, resembled a bee hive. Grace’s father, Percy McKenzie, known as Macca down at the local pub, was helping her two brothers stack wood.