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My Desperation Was His Opportunity

On a train in India, I let a stranger rub his feet on me because I needed a place to sleep.

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“I have a bed,” he said. The man was several years younger than I was, with chubby cheeks and short black hair.

It was almost midnight, and the train was moving fast, already miles away from the station where I’d boarded.




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