‘I need to relieve myself.’
Joe led me to a fully tiled bathroom.
There were bars all over the walls, high and low.
‘What are these for?’
He gave me a dark look. I didn’t press.
The next day the bars were gone.
‘Their purpose is over,’ Joe said, ‘for the moment.’
I was in love with him and let it pass. The next day I was standing in the bathroom. He came up behind and pressed against me so hard I gripped the basin.
‘Wear this.’ It was red lipstick. I wore browns mostly.
He said, ‘I like red.’

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