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The 8:12

by Jonathan Hill
Originally published by on 14/07/2015

The commuter train is packed. It’s the busiest time of day.A young man is sitting towards the carriage’s rear. His rucksack sits bloated at his feet; he keeps it close. He wrings his hands, each turn squeezing out fresh beads of sweat. Droplets form on his forehead before trickling down his cheeks.People are looking at him. They pretend not to but they are.He closes his eyes, prays to Allah for what is about to happen.“Mum,' he says, on his destination’s train platform. “There’s something you should know. This will be hard for you, but I’m gay.'

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