Alexandria nodded, figuring the jig was up. Georgia was seated at the table with her arms crossed, and her dad, Collin, was seated next to her. Playing dumb was the only card she had left.
“What’s up, guys?” Alexandria said, smiling.
“Sit down please. Your father and I would like to know if there’s anything you need to tell us,” Georgia said. There was an unfamiliar tone in her voice.
“Let me think. Nope. Everything is going really well, why?”
“Alexandria, do you think your mother and I are idiots? We know about your grades and that you’re on academic probation! Look at this! What the hell have you been doing?” Collin screamed while pointing to the computer.
“How did you find out about them in the first place? You have no business checking up on me, Dad!” She kept underestimating his connections. I should have known he would find out. He probably found out before I did. All he had to do was flash his money and he could get whatever he wanted.
“Don’t you take that tone with me. Just answer the question!” Collin yelled.
“Just let me explain, Dad,” she pleaded.
“Explain what? And don’t think for one second that you can lie to us,” he warned.
“Listen, I know I slacked off, but I can do better, I promise.”
“That still doesn’t explain what’s been going on. Are you acting out or something?” Georgia asked.
“No, Mom. I just got off course a little, but I will do better.”
Collin jumped out of his seat with anger. “No! You’re not getting off that easy. I’m not paying for your education if you’re not going to take it seriously.”
“But, Dad, that’s not fair! I deserve a second chance,” she protested.
Georgia looked at Collin. “Honey, let’s just see how she does before you make a final decision like that.”
“No, Georgia, my mind is made up. There was no reason for her to behave this way. Maybe if she pays for her own education she’ll take it more seriously. If she had a problem she should have come to us, or at least warned us that her grades were slipping.”
“I didn’t know my grades were this bad!” Alexandria blurted out.
“What do you mean you didn’t know?” Georgia and Collin said.
“If you were attending class every day, surely the professor would have warned you that you needed to improve,” Collin probed.