“Where have you been?”
Cam’s angry roar from the darken room startled Alyssa so much that she nearly ran into the bookcase that stood by the stairs. “Jesus, Cam. You scared the hell out of me,” Alyssa exclaimed, reaching for the light switch on the wall. It took a moment for her eyes to adjust to the light but it was easy to make out Cam seated at the dining room table in one of the suits he wore to the restaurant. “What the hell are you doing?”
“Where the hell where you?” Cam rose to his feet and came around the table to where Alyssa stood. “It’s 3 o’clock in the morning, Alyssa. Where have you been?”
“Cam, I just –.”
“This is going to stop,” he told her, banging his fist on the table. “Right fucking now!”
Baffled, Alyssa removed the jacket she had grabbed earlier and draped it over the back of the nearest chair. She could tell by the small vein popping out of the side of Cam’s forehead and his harsh tone that he was pissed but she couldn’t figure out what had gotten him so worked up. She had only been gone for more than an hour and she hadn’t stolen the car or anything. “What are you talking about?”
“You – lying, skipping school, sneaking out!” He gestured in the air as he spoke. “Are you out of your damn mind?”
“Who the hell were you with?” He demanded before Alyssa could figure out what to say to him.
She averted her gaze and tried to find the right way to explain without breaking her promise to Shane. “I was out… helping a friend.”
Irate, Cam stalked across the room to Alyssa. “Don’t you understand what you’re doing? I understand you’re sixteen, you want to act out, and that’s fine. We all went through it. But don’t you get it? If you keep acting like this they’re gonna send you back to live with Mom. Is that what you want?”
“I’m not acting out, Cameron. If you would just calm down.”
“Go to your room.”
“You’re a kid. You do not go out when you want to. You do not decide which day you go to school and which day you don’t. I make those decisions. I’m the adult. And I’m telling you to go to your damn room.”
Too stunned to think of anything worth saying in the face of Cameron’s disappointment, Alyssa did as she was told and stormed up the stairs.
“Kind of harsh, don’t you think?” Jake entered the room with his arms crossed over his chest. He was dressed in pajama bottoms and a tank top, his hair disheveled and signs of sleep evident on his face. He looked in the direction Alyssa had disappeared up the back stairs and then back at his big brother with a look of contempt. “I caught most of the show.”
“She has been fucking up for weeks, Jacob.” Cam ran his fingers through his hair in frustration, resisting the urge not to pull it from his scalp. He had been noticing the subtle changes in Alyssa since their big move to Shadow Creek, but the. “I know she didn’t want to move here but does she honestly think acting out is going to get me to move?”
“Alyssa’s a pretty smart, mature kid, Cam.”
“She isn’t acting like it, now is she?”
“Maybe you should stop yelling at her and think about that for a moment.” At the pained, tormented look in Cam’s eyes, Jake sighed and went over to take a seat at the dining room table, motioning for Cam to follow. “Listen, bro; I’m not really good at this father figure thing. That’s all you. I just try to stay out of your and Alyssa’s way.”
“Be even I’ve noticed how strained things have become. You working night and day and me being in my own little world. Alyssa needed someone and she found people that actually understand her which I never have before. Are you seriously going to punish her for trying to be there for her friends? You need to chill. Maybe this isn’t Alyssa’s crying out for help here. Maybe someone else is and Alyssa is just answering.”
“Do you know something I don’t?” His cell phone buzzed in his pocket and he retrieved it to silence it. “Who are you talking about?”
“Talk to her for like five minutes.”
So, I don’t think I’m going to use this in my story because it doesn’t follow the thought and emotions I wanted to display with Cam finds Alyssa sneaking out. I kind of want him to be more angry and irrational but somehow it became about Jake trying to enlighten Cam before he ruins his relationship with Alyssa completely I don’t know why it turned into that. I want Cam to totally flip out, setting up for when he tells Alyssa that they are moving because she’s obviously not going the right direction. And I want him to know about Shane at this point but he thinks Shane is a bad influence. Yet, in the scene I just wrote, Cam doesn’t seem to even know who Shane is.
Ugh. I’m so annoyed at myself right now. I suck at this…