Snuff

‘Thwack’:

the sound of leather upon willow, bored, watching endless cricket matches on hot summer days on the school playing field. Pissing around by the fence next to the railway line; climbing over and hiding from the teachers; the pollen, from the long grass, tickling my nose, giving me away:

the sound of the headmaster’s cane on impressionable hands:

the sound of my fathers open hand hitting my mother’s face; “he’s a fucking waster, a mummy’s boy, you’re turning him into a fucking puff”.

Contemptible men who knew nothing about life; whose moral code was based on bigotry and ignorance.

And if it wasn’t them; it was the kids at school who enforced the code; terrorised with a Chinese Burn, and a whack, and a punch to the ribs when the teachers weren’t looking.

At first I tried a different tack; I charmed them, I made them laugh, I gave them my dinner money and went hungry, I ran home from school every night; but still they caught up with me at break times, and in the changing rooms.

It all started by accident really, I’d long since gotten over it, and moved on in life; revenge wasn’t on my agenda, but when no one spotted my mistake it was too good an opportunity to miss!

Everybody in sales is always passing me forms to check, but no one checks my checks: so I can do what I want: and a bad credit rating is a real bitch to shift!

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