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PHOTO PROMPT © Claire Sheldon
Trevor dangled another paperclip from the magnet and cuddled his lucky toy penguin. He always lost those he loved. He felt sad about his mum, who’d died in childbirth; angry towards his dad, who’d raped his mum and disappeared; but he felt loss more keenly than either.
He’d passed through the hands of a succession of foster parents; he’d never been adopted. Now his girlfriend, Liz, had told him he’d have to move to Australia if they were to stay together.
He threw the penguin into the bin, looked at the computer screen, and bought the one-way ticket to Sydney.