A few years ago I fell in love with Jewelene Barrile’s writing. And now, it doesn’t matter what her work is about; I gobble it up and wait impatiently for her next thing. Jewelene is an award winning writer whose skill will leave you breathless. This short story is an excerpt from her recently completed manuscript, The Cartography Lesson, which was shortlisted for the inaugural Writing Australia Unpublished Manuscript Award 2011, and has since won a HarperCollins Varuna Award for Manuscript Development. Close is her second manuscript-in-progress.