Puff Adder: a short short story
‘Puff Adder’ is a mini story I wrote for ELLE magazine www.elle.co.za. It’s in the current (November) edition. Fantastic that the mag is commissioning fiction.
I’m curious about people in cars. In traffic, I watch them through back windscreens or in my rear-view mirror, doing what people do when they think they’re unobserved: singing, picking noses, gaping at the world. I like to see a driver and passenger, laughing across the space between them. It’s an intimate view, a conversation framed. The travellers are focused on each other or on the road ahead: they don’t feel my eyes sneaking up from behind to touch
the backs of their necks.
This dorp is too small to have a rush hour, but I still get held up behind a green car at the town’s single stop sign …
Read the full story here: puff adder – or in the November mag.