Bennett: Now hang on just a second!

Okay, so I don’t have this magical sense of caring about Beings aside from my own that you seem to be looking for. But I do think Cybele’s happiness is important!

Using her the way I did was a bad idea. And I’m not just saying that because it didn’t work out. I’m not sorry I kept my Being a secret — people already think Karen Park is kind of ridiculous for being so invested in the Game, and I don’t want that on my reputation — but if I could do it over again, I would have done . . . um . . . something less risky for her!

Cohen: You could’ve let her pose as a human.

Bennett: Let’s not get crazy now. I’m an unmarried man. Think what people would assume! Especially with the way she looks!

Cohen: Yes, how especially scandalous it is to have an illegitimate black child.

Bennett: Hey! I didn’t say anything about race!

Cohen: Sure you didn’t.

Your coded racism aside . . . why couldn’t you have told Cybele to shift into a less suspicious form? Someone too old to be your out-of-wedlock child, and not so attractive that they’d be taken for your secret partner.

You could have her switch to a new form if people started asking questions. Or do it every so often even if they didn’t, just as a precaution. Heck, you could even play it like Ann Walker does, and have your Being never look the same way twice.