Chapter 4 – Extract 10 from The Paradise Induction!
I disregarded the thought and my mind moved to my uncle, who seemed more distant than his usual self. Almost as though he didn’t want me there. I saw it in his shorter sentences, lack of conversation on the way from the airport, and eye-contact avoidance. Perhaps it was because he was assuming increasingly dangerous cases on the island and his role was under fierce oppression. No Pharisee Islander liked an outsider undertaking the role of Police Commissioner—I’d learnt that while I was on the islands the last time.
My uncle being Jamaican born made him an outsider—officially termed a Non-Belonger. The people of the PI would have preferred a Belonger.
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