Hope both you and your computer are feeling better. Also Happy New Year.
Thank you, the same to you! (I am, my computer isn't.)
Aaarrggg, I want to feel bad for Willow, I want to be sympathetic to her but I can't. I know she is performing the big picture good, and may lead to the actual end of slavery. I can even understand and forgive the death of the 2000, but to fall asleep knowing that a person is being raped a few feet away is evil.
I know. What I was trying to convey - from the POV of someone who grew up taking slavery as much for granted as cars, is that it has just finally sunk in for Willow what the euphemisms actually mean - like someone who's always called dead Iraqis "collateral damage" being faced with a real corpse at a family funeral. If Richard is Sam's bodyslave, Sam is raping Richard, and Richard is a real person who can really be hurt or afraid. That she can then go upstairs and go to sleep... well, that's human, too.
All that being said, glad you are writing and posting even if the story makes me go aaarrrggg.