Trigger Warning PEOPLE OF A SENSITIVE NATURE ARE ADVISED THAT THE FOLLOWING EXTRACTS EXPLORE FAMILY DYSFUNCTION AND ABUSE ISSUES Zero Gravity Excerpt for 21 November, 2021 Chapter Two continued: “Generous of you to deplete my scotch,” Owen noted. “Sure. It’s been a long day. A drop of real holy water would go down nicely.” He concealed a grin as he shelved canned goods and lobbed produce into the fridge. “Spoken like the bloody Scotsman you are.” “Don’t push it. And much as I admire the Scots, my background is Welsh, you nitwit. You still haven’t explained why you’re here.” Owen dumped the cat food into a ceramic bowl and watched as Banjo commenced ravenous feasting. “Thought it was time I came for a visit, that’s all.” Ryan poured an inch of whiskey into two glasses. “Got any ice?” “After two years? You just woke up this morning and decided you’d drop in on your girlfriend’s ex-husband? Christ, Ryan, I haven’t laid eyes on you since the divorce… -Gayle J. Greenlea. YOU’RE THE DEAD TO ME <!– wp:paragraph –> Third week -Flourishing – Day Seven -Paul Brookes Bios And Links -Gayle J. Greenlea is an American-Australian poet and counselor for survivors of sexual and gender-related violence. Her poem, Wonderland”, received the Australian Poetry Prod Award in 2011. She shortlisted and longlisted for the Fish Poetry Prize in 2013, and debuted her first novel, Zero Gravity, at the KGB Literary Bar in Manhattan in 2016. Her work has been published in St. Julian Press, Rebelle Society, A Time to Speak, Headline Poetry and Press, The Wombwell Rainbow, Fevers of the Mind, Kalonopia and The Australian Health Review.