Cast Ashore — a novelette in 15 chapters

Cast Ashore: Chapter 8


Steve Fendt
6 min readOct 28, 2023


Monochrome photo of shallows with sunlight glinting on wet sand and tiny ripples, foamy surf encroaching from top right.
‘Elemental’ — author image

I’m outside Kaja’s café at five forty-five. Not too keen, not too late, hopefully. The outdoor chairs are stacked and chained, the sign is turned to CLOSED, the blinds are down.

She opens the door on my second knock. ‘Hello, Les. Come on in.’



Steve Fendt Short stories, serial fiction, memoirs of a possibly quasi-true nature. Stories of the Australian beach and bush.