Fiona McFarlane was born in Sydney, Australia. She has a BA from Sydney University and a PhD from Cambridge University and is currently an MFA candidate at the Michener Center for Writers in Austin, Texas. She has received fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center at Provincetown and Phillips Exeter Academy. Her work has been published in Zoetrope: All-Story, Island and Southerly. 
Mar 01 2010
Exotic Animal Medicine
“My first vodka as a married woman,” said Sarah. She sat against David and felt the day carry them toward each other. The hours passed at the pub, and they didn’t think of going home, although this was what they looked forward to: the privacy of their bed against smudged windows, its view of small gardens and the beat of trapped bees against glass that shook as the buses moved by. Their bed was a long way from the colleges and the river, but the bells would still come over the roads and houses, and they would be alone, and married. The day moved them both toward the moment in which they would face each other in their bed, utterly familiar, and see that despite their marriage there was no change, and that this was just what they wanted.