Jackie pounds and pounds on the bathroom door at home, screaming at Grace. Kevin comes running around the corner and pops the lock, and Jackie is terrified, even though she doesn't know why; she holds her daughter's face in her hands and begs Grace not to lock herself away anymore. "This is none of your business!" Grace screams, again and again, and Jackie assumes she means the "your" in that sentence is plural. "What is none of our business?" she asks, but that's not what Grace meant at all.
She's in trouble, and she knows it. She's taking control of the situation, defending her position: Putting the abuse somewhere that makes her feel better, that gives her a physical reminder of the control she does have. Every tiny pinch as she pulls them out, one by one. Hiding it on the back of her head, as far away from consciousness as she can, where nobody will see it. She's not being petty, she fighting her attacker: None of this is Jackie's business, at all.
Jackie's hands come away with strands of hair in them, fine as silk, and Jackie gasps quietly, looking over Gracie's shoulder at the pile of hair in the sink. She finds the bald spot and holds her daughter tightly, closing her eyes against it all. When Grace asks to go her room, she just holds her tighter. "Honey, you have to talk to me. I'm right here. We cannot have secrets in this house."
Kevin watches, but he doesn't speak. How are you supposed to help her, if everything's a secret?
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