The Profound Discovery - We were to pick a decade and write from a teenager's POV who is dealing with homosexuality, and what information would be available to him or her at that time.

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Authors Note:

- The Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge was formed in 1645 when a number of people with scientific interests held meetings at Gresham College, London. Members included such persons of statue like John Wilkins, Robert Hooke, Christopher Wren, and Isaac Newton. The Royal Society is still located in London with more than a thousand active fellows.

- References to all tombs and architecture in London are factual.

- This story takes place in the 1980's.

The Profound Discovery


The man stumbled blindly through the dense forest. Bushes and tree limbs scratched his face as he raced towards the river. Perhaps if he could make to the Thames he would be safe. How could it have come to this? All because of a book?! Impossible, he told himself, yet he knew that this was all real. That this was all happening right now. The man tripped over an overgrown root and hit his face hard on the ground in the same instant a bullet flew by where his head was moments ago.

The man quickly got up again and headed in a different direction trying to get out of a direct line of sight. Several more spits flew by his head as the man anxiously reached into his backpack for a letter he had written a few hours ago. He crumbled the paper in his hand and threw it to his left as he ducked to the right. The man could barely see in the late evening light and hesitated only for an instant when a blinding flash of pain seared him in the back. He knew that it was over and wished for a quick death. As another sickening spit sunk deep into his skull, the man's wish was granted.

The killer laughed.