The best years

In the first week of the new school term, Andrews had his wings clipped, and Porter had his heart cut out, by Brother Mallet. The next week, he flogged fiery demons from the souls of Thomson and Martin, and crushed Gaynor’s self-esteem like a ripe melon underfoot.

In this way, life at St Anselm’s Academy for Wayward Waifs settled down to its normal bustling routine, and the young scholars flourished, not physically, perhaps, or intellectually, or emotionally, but in the ways that count.

Twenty years later, Brother Mallet was found dead in mysterious circumstances.



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