entered his first art competition aged nine with a subtle study of an
arrangement of Lupins. He won third prize. He should have won first
prize but the entry was so good it was obvious, to the judges, that he
had had parental help: which was ironic, because he was an orphan, and
nobody gave a shit.
Juan Sly had a tough upbringing on the tough side of Tough Town.
He had to fight for everything he didn't have. After boxing he did art;
after football he did physics; after dark he did many things like
opening locked doors especially ones on safes; but he only stole off
those who deserved it. He was well known to the police but never
convicted and had proved useful to them on several occasions.
But then a new life in the light beckoned. It seemed as if
a guiding hand was at work for him, one that could open doors even
better than he could. He got a precious place at university studying
physics and then on to a prestigious research position at Cern. He had
everything, now, but a past.
He left the dark world he had inhabited for 22 years behind.
But had it left him…?