Milestones in Hobnails
by Chris W. Lee
Vernon Parker is the sixth son of a British couple clearing 400 acres of ancient New Zealand forest into farmland. It is 1921 and Vernon has turned sixteen. Life is full of milestones that Vernon writes in lamplight while morepork owls and kiwis call into the dark wilderness and memories of fights, forest fires, deaths, and romance with Iris Elwood keep sleep from him.