Serial Fiction Beta Reads

Seed, Part 12

Coming Home

Steve Fendt
6 min readNov 9, 2022


‘Cottage Garden’ | Steve Fendt

Author’s note for this beta read

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  • I’m putting all 12 parts up simultaneously. You can use the list at the end to move between parts.
  • Language warning. We’re nearly done with the f-words now, and all out of c-words.

‘Cup of tea-ea-ea!’

The last word rose and fell on a drawn-out argeggio of exasperation, reminding him that he had, yet again, left a mug to stew and grow cold on the kitchen bench.

‘Thanks, Mum!’ he called back in a cadence which hopefully conveyed the right balance of contrition, irritation and affectionate irony. A forty-five-year-old son being told off by his octogenarian mother.

He laid down the brush with a sigh, pulled the Gladwrap carefully over the palette, wiped his hands on a rag, then stepped out of the high-roofed garage, his improvised studio, blinking and shielding his eyes against the strong sunlight.

Walking across the paved courtyard to the kitchen door, he could hear Mum bustling with a vacuum cleaner in the living room. Even at eighty, she was the embodiment of the…



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