It was a thing they would not utter. Ineffable. In their home, at least.
So much that it baffled them to see how others in their own homes — and often without a moment’s hesitation — did.
To them it felt impossible. Dangerous … though they wouldn’t dream admitting fear or conflict.
Those, too, were taboo. As was to contradict.
Their parents’ word was law. Speak “No”, and you would certainly be whipped.