The Smile

A quote from The Smile

All around me other men were jumping clear of their hatchways, ropes were rising and hatches closing. People began moving towards us. It was like a storm descending on me as they milled around pulling off helmets and armoured jackets, to hang them along the curved and tapering wall before swimming past us.
They all stared at me. I am small. I’ve always been small. But I’ve never felt so minute as I did when so many faces studied me so seriously as they passed. What could I have possibly done that was so wrong it could cause all this?

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