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And so we come to the end of another Lady Antimony challenge. Thank you so much for all the great stories I have read. It's been fun.
Sam studies in secret, late at night. During the day he looks out of the window as he listens to the teacher, and he loiters behind the bike sheds with the others.
Nobody is going to accuse him of thinking himself better than the rest of them. He can do without a target painted on his back until he leaves school. He will walk into his exams as an also-ran, destined to lift and carry until his back fails, the same as everybody else.
His savings hide in a drawer, waiting for his exam results to join them and take him somewhere else.