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by Jan Hurst-Nicholson
Originally published by on 18/08/2015

“You’re going to be the death of me!'

He heard it for the first time when his boyish exuberance resulted in a visit from the police. It was repeated when he was expelled from school; when he was sent to a remand centre; when a pregnant girlfriend turned up, and when drugs were found in his room.

He heard it for the final time as a ghostly whisper in his head after his mother refused to give him money and he stood over her crumpled body with a bloodied knife in his hand.

Finally, he’d lived up to her expectations.

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