There was no warning it was coming. His hand slammed into the side of my face... "That's to remind you that you owe your father some respect!" I don't owe you a thing," I said. My voice was as sure and commanding as his. "You've lost all of my respect."  (Alvarez 89)

Before I could ask him another question, Papa spoke up. "Why'd you do what you just did?" Quick as my reputation said my mouth was, I couldn't come up with an answer, until I remembered his own words. "Things a woman does."  (Alvarez 92)

I decided to speak up for what I do want. "Jefe, I don't know if you remember what we spoke of at the dance?" I can feel Mama giving me the eye. But El Jefe's interest is piqued "We spoke of  

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