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Dominic bowed his head to hide his face.
Dominic bowed his head to hide his face. The light hurt his eyes and he knew his father was displeased.
There was no way he was going to let the old coot see his tears because he’d been caught. Everybody else was doing it, and all of them had got away with it too, but not him.
The youngest of the lot, he had been the sacrificial lamb and left to face the music.
The smoke drifted towards him as his father said quietly
‘Look at me.’
Dominic raised his eyes and became confused.
‘You wanted to be an adult? Here. Take this and enjoy it……….. while I watch.’
With shaking hands, Dominic took the foul stenched cigar offered.
His father eyed him and nodded.
He took a delicate puff, and turned green.
‘Another…….’ he said.
Dominic tried, and threw up all over his new hoodie.
‘And don’t let me catch you smoking again.’