Veronica inspected me critically and then continued, “You’d better get used to referring to yourself as ‘Andrea’,” she said. “It’s going to be a long and painful path if you don’t get that right.”
I smiled and tried to diffuse the tension.
“What do you mean,” I asked.
Veronica turned around and leaned over the chair. As she did so for the first time I noticed a few livid red welts on her back.