“The Commander brushed my hair from my face. He lay next to me and told me a story about his mother, who scrubbed the floors and washed the clothes and cooked the food for a man like my father. He told me how a man like my father treated his mother like a whore because that’s the kind of thing men like my father can get away with. The Commander said his mother is old now even though she is not old, more ghost than woman.
When he finished talking, I said, ‘Your mother did not deserve the unwanted attentions of a man like my father.’ I said, ‘I did not deserve the unwanted attention of a man like you. It is often women who pay the price for what men want.'”