From saga novel Righteous Anger by Lynda Williams.
"Horth," Hara demanded, "what did you do wrong?"
The question engaged Horth because that was exactly what he was trying to figure out. Zer Sarn had called him a Vrellish animal. Mother talked about the Vrellish error. Cook and Hara clearly felt that he had messed up, but rape was too severe a charge in Horth's opinion. He would never have hurt Alice. At least, he didn't think he would have.
Suddenly it occurred to him that only one person knew for sure how gravely his misconduct should be judged.
"Ask Alice," he told Hara.
Horth's first adventure with women traumatizes both the young Horth and the woman, a family servant named Alice, whose interest in Horth's brother Branst is misinterpreted by Horth as a general invitation. Chagrined and alarmed about the skirmish, Horth arrives at the conclusion that Alice, herself, is the only one who can really know how badly his actions harmed her.