“You’re what?!” Georgia yelled in shock. Her pristine face became flushed and bewildered. The disappointment in her eyes brought Alexandria to tears.
“I’m so sorry. I’m pregnant and I know you’re disappointed in me, but I never meant for any of this to happen.”
“Who are you?” Collin barked. The disgust in his voice was devastating.
“Dad, please, there are no words to describe how truly sorry I am,” Alexandria pleaded.
“Alexandria, we’re so disappointed in you. Why would you carry on with some boy behind our backs?” Georgia asked.
She gawked at her mother. “Do you really want to know the answer to that question? You guys had me afraid to even mention a boy’s name, let alone have a relationship with one.”
“That’s right. This is all our fault. What were we thinking?” Collin said sarcastically. “You have a lot of nerve to blame us for your poor decision making. You said you were an adult, yet you act like a child.”
“Dad, I’m not blaming anyone except myself. I know what I did was irresponsible and unfair to both of you. I just felt like I was a prisoner sometimes.”
“How long have you been seeing this boy?” Collin inquired.
Alexandria looked down and confessed in a low voice, “A few months.”
“Wow! You sure had us fooled,” he grunted, pacing back and forth.
“I need a drink. Do you want one, Collin?” Georgia asked. He ignored her and glared down at Alexandria, as is she were a stranger.
“Who is this person you’ve been sneaking around with anyway?” he finally asked.
Alexandria took a sip of tea and tried to stall.
“Answer me, young lady! We need to know!” he shouted.
“Why, Dad? Why do you need to know?”
“I want to know who this person is that rescued you from this terrible life and jail of a home you’ve grown to hate!” When she didn’t answer him, he slammed his hand on the table and screamed, “Answer me!”
Her eyes shot up. She froze. Her voice shook as she uttered the words, “C-Cash. His name is Cash Waters.”
“Well, we need to have a talk with this Cash Waters. Where is he now?” He walked toward the phone and picked it up, as if she would just hand over his phone number.
“I don’t know where he is. He left town. I didn’t tell him that I was pregnant, okay,” she said annoyed.
“Why would he leave town if you two are so in love?” Collin teased as she scratched his head.
“Well, his father needed him to come back home, so he left this morning.”
“So you were lying to us and running around town with someone who doesn’t even live here? Way to go, Alexandria, you sure know how to pick them,” Collin guffawed.
“Well, I’m sorry, Dad. I can’t be as perfect as you!” Alexandria snapped.
“You will not talk to me like that ever again! Do you hear me? I don’t care how old you are, that will never fly with me. I am your father, and I deserve some respect, you ungrateful girl!” He was about three inches away from her face; she could see the hurt in his eyes as he gritted his teeth.