A graduated high school student struggles with the duality of his craving and repulsion of schoolies week, the alcohol and sleaze fuelled end-of-school celebrations on the Gold Coast. Though he at first decides to not taint himself by refusing to go, eventually the pull of schoolies is too much and decisions must be made.
The Empty Terrace is a stream-of-consciousness style short story based in Brisbane, Australia. It was originally written as an entry for the "One Book Many Brisbanes" writing competition. It is a look at the duality of a person's nature - the violent primitive animal versus the tame rational thinker.