The night Ezekial confided to his mother that he'd spoken to Anna, she slapped him so hard her palm stung until long after he'd leapt from the floor and run to his room.
She'd apologised once he'd told her he hadn't told Anna anything. She told him he was brave to withstand her power. She was proud of his bravery.
And they prayed together for Zeke's continuing courage.
And then came that night the bitch met her sons. They said it was coincidence, just an accident they'd met, but she knew better. She knew the bitch had made it happen.