This snippet follows on from last week’s: George is thinking back to the verbal bullying he went through in high school, as well as his mum, who is much ‘lovelier’ than she comes across here. OK, she’s not that lovely, but she means well.
Here's the snippet:
Josh the boy genius, who remembered everything—every cruel and kind word spoken, every fight, argument, every mundane moment. All those times he’d recounted events of which George had no memory, yet when Josh had said those words, playing down the courage it had taken to stand up to Suzie Tyler, they had tattooed George’s brain.
You make me brave.
He wished he’d been braver. He wished he could have done as Kris had and come out at school, but his mum had a rough upbringing in a deprived inner-city housing estate, and she’d seen more than her fair share of violence—wife beaters, child abusers, gang wars, muggings, people attacked because of their skin colour or sexuality…the queens…
She’d actually said that to him once: ‘Don’t turn into one of them friggin’ queens!’
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