by Ann Morven
© copyright Ann Morven
Smashwords Edition 2009
Published by Darling Newspaper Press
PO box 176, Kalamunda, Western Australia 6926.
First published Darling Newspaper Press 2006
in "Short Trips, tales that entertain" isbn 095906303X
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SLURP, burp, heh heh, hic! The chuckles skitter over the Australian wetlands where Chief Munday, back in the Dreamtime, had often dined on tortoise. Snickers riffle the reeds at the edge of Perth Airport, mingling with the dialogue of water-birds, and some folk accept it as the sound of a morning breeze. Which is how Lucy heard it, as she waded into the ooze to complete her crime.
Hanging on her elbow was a laden plastic bucket while thigh-length rubber waders squelched sniggers of their own from the mire. Plunk-kirup went the frogs, and a thousand little eyes were watching. So was a tall man beside a flashy car on the bitumen road.