For readers who follow my work, this isn’t the kind of story they have come to expect from Lubrican. One of the ingredients of this tale is a little seamy, on the unpleasant side of things. But life includes some seamy, unpleasant things. And fiction either resembles life, or predicts how an unknown life may have been or could be lived. So there you are. “Molestation” is a highly-charged word. Most people think of that word in the context of physical force being applied in a sexual way. But people can be molested without touching them if they are manipulated in other ways to do things they might not have otherwise done. People can also be seduced into relationships they didn’t seek out. Whether or not that’s less troublesome is an argument for another day. The fact is, it happens, and as an author of fiction, I get the chance to make things turn out better than it probably would in real life. That, too, could be debated. In any case, I felt like a little warning might be in order.