."Layer by layer I removed all that I thought I was, all that I thought I had to be and in the moment I was left standing naked and vulnerable without identities and labels, I remembered, I am that I am." ..*

The girl sat on the edge of the bath tub, stark naked and with soulless black eyes as she quaked. The lodger grabbed her arms and shook her hard, spitting her name, summoning her home. He grit his teeth before striking her hard across the face.