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J.D.    2

Great Southern Land

The sun was setting on another day in the Australian outback, a home that I have grown a custom to over the past year and a half. I had just repaired a broken windmill, it was nice to be doing other work apart from caring for sick or injured animals.

As a Vet on a cattle station there was no shortage of tasks to do, working in such a remote place requires your skill set to be broader than the Simpson Desert. It requires you to be a specialist in almost everything you do. Most of the time you were out by yourself, sometimes, days at a time.

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I took one last look at the sunset before I jumped back into the cruiser and headed back to the station. I wanted to get back before dinner, I was told on the radio that some backpackers from Ukraine are staying for a few weeks to see what the Australian outback is all about.

As I pulled into the station I could hear laughter coming from the kitchen, everyone had decided to take the afternoon off and welcome the new additions to the team. The girls offered to help cook in the kitchen even though they said they have had no experience.

While I was getting changed I could hear the banging of the pots and pans and laughter echoing out into the field, they sounded like they were having a fun time.

After Dinner we all sat around a small camp fire drinking beer and sharing stories. The girls talked about how they had traveled the world and were soon to be on their way home and how they didn’t want to go home, they wanted to stay. They spoke of how they loved Australia and wanted to move here one day. Anna said she particularly loved the outback and would consider working on a station like this one full time.

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Ghost of Levi    8

Every man has his memorys of what it used to be.

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J.D.    2

More Than Friends

The girls soon blended in with the rest of the group, they were cheeky and would not give up the chance to participate in or play a particle joke. One afternoon I got back and they had moved all my belongings from one boardroom to another, and convinced everyone to agree that I had always stayed in that one. I was so confused.

Once I put all my belongings back into my room Anna asked me why I did not have any pictures of my family or a girlfriend. With a grin, I explained that my pictures were online and the Australian outback was not the best place to meet women. She smiled and headed back towards the back yard.

The weeks went by, Anna and I became quite close. We had a morning ritual where we would get up before sunrise, have our morning coffee and go on a walk to watch the sun come up. Sometimes we would even take the horses and pack a picnic breakfast. Anna would even joke about how she would stay in Australia and be my mail order bride.

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The time for the girls to leave was getting closer there was only a few days left before they had to go to Darwin to catch their flight back home. With each day that drew closer I became more and more upset with the realisation that Anna was going to be leaving. The place would never be the same without her.

She said that for her last night she wanted to camp out in the bush so it was just me and her. I agreed and put together a few supplies, the swags and prepped the horses. We left in the early afternoon and set up camp just a few kilometres from the station. As the fire crackled away we laid in our swags and looked up at the stars, it was a crystal clear night and it felt like you could see every star in existence.

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All of a sudden it went quiet and I could hear the sound of the zipper on my swag open and close. Anna complained that she was too cold and that she was going to use me as her hot water bottle. I rolled over to face her, I could see the faint outline of her face from the light of the camp fire, and she was smiling. I told her that she was beautiful and before I had a chance to finish she leant over and kissed me, I kissed her back. I could feel my heart try to lift out of my chest, I had been waiting for this moment for so long now. I felt her legs rub up against mine they felt like warm silk. I moved my hand down her back and unhooked her bra, she ran her fingernails over my chest. We made love and held each other all night.

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J.D.    2

The Day After

In the morning I was woken with a kiss, she told me it was time for our walk. We got dressed and I filled up the billy and put it on the fire. The sun was already starting to peek over the mountains, we had our coffee and went on out walk.

While on our walk Anna told me to take a picture of her, I promised that I would keep it in my wallet so she was always with me. She wanted me to frame it and put it next to my bed so she can keep any other girls away and have me all to herself, I laughed.

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When we got back to the station she packed her things while I jumped in the helicopter to make a house call to one of the neighbours, they had a mare in foal that I had to check on.

As I was taking off in the helicopter, Anna jumped on the radio, she told me that I had to be back in time to see her off. I promised and was on my way.

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When I got to the neighbours stables the mare had already started to give birth and was having some complications. I was going to be racing the clock to see Anna off.

After a few hours the foal was born and both the mare and foal were doing fine. I looked at the clock and saw I was late. I was never going to make it back to the station to see Anna off they would already be on their way to the airport.

There was no way I was going to let her leave without saying goodbye, so I jumped in the helicopter and set the destination to the airport. As I approached the airport I could see the cruiser parked in the car park. I didn’t have time to clear my landing with the airport so I landed in the car park and ran to the terminal, it must have been one hell of a site.

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J.D.    2

Goodbye

It was a small airport with no security so I was able to jump the turnstiles and head right for the gate. As I approach the gate I noticed no one was there. I ran out of the gate door and onto the tarmac. They were just loading up the bags and people were getting onto the small plane.

I continued to run while yelling Anna’s name, it was shortly after that I heard Anna calling back mine. We jumped into each other’s arms. She cursed me for almost letting her leave without saying goodbye, she said that the only thing that saved me was the fact I almost landed on a car for her. I told her I would land on ten, we laughed. Her laughter turned into tears, she told me how she didn’t want to go, she wanted to stay with me. I told her I loved her and love always finds a way. She told me she loved me back and that she would write to me as soon as she got home.

I stayed until the plane took off and was no longer visible before heading back to the terminal. As I entered, Barry one of my mates that worked at the control tower, started giving me a hard time saying that was some real life notebook shit he saw, we laughed and went for a beer at the bar.

As I left the airport I saw a notice board that had a heap of flyers posted all over it. Most of them were travel destinations and holiday deals. But the one to catch my eye was a recruitment poster for the Red Cross. I tore it off the board and took it back to the station with me. The poster bragged about how you could travel the world, all expenses paid, if you had the right skills and was willing to help out in remote areas.

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For fun, I checked to see if there was any place near Anna’s home that I might be able to go to. It turns out her country was on the list seeking doctors, nurses and technicians. Before even read the fine print I had submitted my application and emailed it off.

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Major    639

Nice. I read the first entry without seeing the section and I thought it was an Intro/Farewell thing. Got feels.

I'll keep reading. Looks good.

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Naz    19

Great work, excellent writing. It really pulls the reader in! Cannot wait for your next entry!

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J.D.    2

Fate

It had been 2 weeks and I had not heard from Anna or the Red Cross. I was beginning to think that she might have moved on.

After a long afternoon of fixing the cattle yards I saw an email from the Red Cross saying that my application was accepted and they wanted to interview me in Brisbane. I spoke to Milton and he said it was fine, I could take a few days off to go to the big smoke.

After I got back from Brisbane, Milton’s wife Cristina came bursting out of the house yelling out to me. I ran to her as I thought something was wrong. She handed me a letter with a big grin on her face. I took the letter back to my room and sat on the bed looking at the photo of Anna on the bedside table.

The envelope looked like it had been through hell and back. I opened it and pulled out the letter inside. Anna apologised that it took so long to write and explained that she had to leave her house to live with her aunty in Chernogorsk. With the fighting going on there were not too many places that were safe. I looked at the return address on the back of the envelope and noticed that it was the same town I would be stationed at for the Red Cross. Fate was bringing us back together.

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That afternoon I got a call from the Red Cross informing me that they would have the next group head out by the end of the week. I checked with Milton and he gave me 6 months leave with one condition, that I brought her back with me. He said women like that are rare. Then he did a little jiggle and said, “If you like it, you better put a ring on it,” everyone laughed; he has always been a joker.

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J.D.    2

A Hot Day

I was counting down the days before I left for Chernogorsk. The flight plan looked horrendous, there were so many connecting flights. Milton had already approved my time off and I was already free to do as I pleased before I left. He said I might even get worked harder overseas than here on the station. I snorted back that there could be no worse slave trader than him, he chuckled.

The day was sweltering hot, all the other workers were seeking shelter in the main living area near the kitchen, I was not to far behind them.

Milton came bursting in, he sternly said that this would not do, why was everyone inside? He was wearing his board shorts with a beer in one hand and the keys to the helicopter in the other. I looked at him with a puzzled look on my face. He chucked me the keys and told me he needed a boat driver.

We spent the rest of the afternoon splashing around in the billabong and using the helicopter just as Milton had told me, like a boat. I had to get one of the others to take a photo while I pulled one of Milton's kids across the water on the kneeboard.

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I think Anna would like that photo. I cant wait to see her. I was going to write back but I think I might beat the letter back at this point. I think she would prefer to see me over a letter anyway.

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