"Why? I don't understand." And she really didn't. Era was bigger than a human, stronger than one, but she had never harmed one. Not ever. It didn't make sense to her that someone could honestly hate her simply for what she was.
Era processed what Emi was telling her. The man had spoken of a woman, even when he thought he was in danger. "They talk to each other? And...and spend time together?" Era's biting loneliness came through in the tone of her words. "My mother didn't even want to talk to me any more. Not for the last couple years." They hadn't gotten along well at all, the daughter too timid and bookish by the mother's standards.