The Eldest Child
Bruce is a contradiction. She is the eldest child and a bane to her mother. She has the societal expectations of a young woman in a new era of patriarchy. The setting is futuristic monarch empire. Her father; a mathematician that serves on the council for the Lower Government and spends every penny on sending his sons to the best schools but spoils her with attention. When her brothers spend their lives grooming to serve on the king's court she learned at her father's knee to read and write and to watch all that goes on in the makings of the court. Enough to make her own way in the world that would have women seen but not heard.