Foreword This story is written in three versions having the same or very similar beginnings, which branch out into different endings.
In Version Alpha a mother and daughter compete for Bob's attention, and mom wins.
In version Bravo, the daughter resists her mother's attempts to separate her from Bob and she pursues him.
In version Charlie, neither woman wants to give up.
You are reading version Bravo. If you read Version Alpha you will feel like you have already read up to about half way through chapter four of version Bravo. Up to that point versions Alpha and Bravo are very similar. The small differences there are, however, lead to big differences later in the story. For that reason you are encouraged to read everything in the story without skipping around.