Brady had come to learn that Tara’s abient behaviour had been learned the hard way. Her primary caregivers – he could not bring himself to call them ‘parents’ – had always dismissed her wants and needs. She had learned to keep herself to herself, and to never go looking for trouble. But now, watching her turn her gaze inwards, shutting him out, was painful. She must be hurting, but, looking at her, no one else would recognise the subtle signs.