Or a mother. Protip: She's african-american, having been born after the civil rights movement. She's 35 years old, living with a single daughter who takes after her father. Most people don't realize that they're related. Here's the thing. She's in poverty, living in what is called 'The Projects', a hotbed of crime, poverty, and other urban social ills. She works at a grocery store, from 9 to 5, and often overtime. She doesn't really have energy to do much parenting, which is why she's so glad that her daughter (Pacifica) is so mature and so self-sufficient. Which is why she got worried when she realized that her daughter was hiding things. The first thing was the money. Not just that. Pacifica got them new clothes, saying that she got them on sale. Then she got them good food. Really good food. Actual nourishing food that isn't processed crap. Then came the home repairs. Then the new phone and laptop. Her daughter somehow signed up a plan where she had infinite calls and mobile data. When several months ago they were using food stamps and just barely surviving. Being constantly on the edge (and more than once being homeless) she didn't question their sudden turn of good fortune. Too tired from overwork. Then came the rumours. She asked her daughter's friend about a trip to Nepal where her daughter went to for 2 weeks and the friend simply said there was no such trip. Then she asked her, and the friend, uneasy, said that there were rumours of her daughter hanging out with and associating with... adult men. And getting money from them. She asks around, more. Pacifica had been seen with squads of men of military bearing, and also disappearing in the more urban and more desolate parts of the city for hours at a time. She contacted the landlord, and he admitted that the reason why he hadn't asked for rent for a year was because her daughter had been paying it to him. And carrying out repairs, to boot. She asked around even more, and rumours said that Pacifica had been sighted getting into a car with a stranger, moving out of the city, then coming back several hours later. More and more rumours. That she's wrapped up in drugs. That she's basically being a wh*re. The climax comes when her daughter is shot by a mugger as she shields her, 3 bullets hitting her body. A dozen men armed with military grade rifles came rushing in, and basically turned the mugger into swiss cheese, shouting how 'The Boss was down' and 'holy shit, kill him!'. And then disappearing into the night after checking that her daughter wasn't bleeding to death. And after that, her daughter got up...... less than 24 hours later. Of course, being exceedingly worried, she missed her job... and got fired. Basically, their income drained down to nothing. No employment? No food stamps. Which was why she was surprised when she got several thousand dollars sent to her. In cash. So her daughter is... what? In drugs? Whoring? Sex trade? With a criminal organisation? But that doesn't fit in.... Spoiler alert: Spoiler Her daughter's fine, and not doing anything too illegal. She got superpowers, and has been using it to make money. And invading other dimensions for salvaging operations. It's her mercenaries that rescued her that fateful night, and its her money that was paying for, well, everything. But the mother doesn't know that. So what would she do?