It’s not a long story, but it cuts right at the heart of the journey from victim to… something else. The narrator (of the story, not Tonia Ransom) is attacked and tells the story of the attack, its aftermath, and the place she ends up at whatever remove the story is being told from. There is an ambiguity about the events that are portrayed. Is the narrator reliable? Perhaps leaning on metaphor? Perhaps the attack was supernatural, or merely dressed up as such to allow the narrator to process her trauma? It all comes together wonderfully (if disconcertingly).