I am a soldier
'The Shah' is treated as a foreign person and finding it hard to fit in. "Not that we knew where he came from, just that he looked a bit dark, sounded funny and looked at us as if he was about to have us beheaded."
Bruce sees The Shah outside and pretends to have a fight with a ruler. "He did not move. The ruler struck The Shah on the collarbone with a dull whack and clattered to the ground. Bruce stared in alarm at the Shah, who was just standing there. 'I am a soldier' The Shah said, and walked away.
At swimming Hussein does strange things. "Then Henney raised the starting pistol and The Shah made a funny little sound, like a strangled cat, and shrivelled in his chair." and "But The Shah was staring at the roof, as if looking for the hole Henney had made..."
When henny puts the gun down on the table Hussein goes and picks it up. "The Shah hefted the pistol, tilted it left and right, moved his fingeragaist the curve of the trigger, and aimed at a tile 5 metres away with both eyes open. All this with a slight frown and lips pressed togther. Then he broke the pistol open like he's been doing in his sleep, pulled a cap from a chamber, frowned some more, examined it, put it back, flipped the pistol closed and returned it to the table with a shrug.
Hussein has a go at footy where more strange things happen. "Anyway, one moment he was up there, flying like a bird, the next he was crouched into a tight little ball, falling into the mud. The ball bounced beside him. Henney caught the ball and knelt beside The Shah. I was just close enough to hear what he said. 'Its only a ball Hussien, look at it,' he said. 'You're not there anymore. Just here.'
At swimming, Hussein reveals his scars from war. The main scar a bloodless seam , ran from his right shoulder to his left hip. The second scar was a second bellybutton punched into his side. Marks of shrapnel and a bullet. A soldiers wounds. 'And only ten.' murmured Henney.
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