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In the discount supermarket, Liam trembled in giddy anticipation from the booze aisle to the checkout.
The other early morning shoppers whispered: “He had a good job ‘til he nearly killed a wee girl coming out of school. Imagine, driving in that state in the middle of the afternoon.”
Shame burned; another tool of the cruel and unrelenting master that made Liam feel like a helpless child.
Then one morning, he met a man who’d been dry for seven years.
Liam asked him: ‘How?’
The man took him to a cafe and began to talk. Liam listened, and felt his master’s grip weaken.