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Red Fox - Karina Halle

More men were staring at me with oogley eyes. ... All of them creeped me out. It wasn't that it was because it was a small town setting and I was assuming they were hicks. It was that the gash on my cheek didn't disturb them at all. I guess beaten women were commonplace here.

 

*sighs* You're in ranch country - much rougher living than the city. Cuts, scrapes, injuries are more common place when you're eking out your living from the land. That does *not* mean that the women are "beaten".