she couldn’t be sensible with the rest of them. her mother said, a lady should be sensible. a lady shouldn’t pull up her skirts before marriage, or drink too many vodka tonics. a lady should dress modestly, with clean clothes and pink lip balm.
but she couldn’t do it. they made her wild, they left stains on her skirts and ribbons in her hair, they took the silver spoon from out her mouth and replaced with a token of their own. she went dark, and wore lipstick to match.