It's amazing what your kids will do when you think they're asleep....
Lizzie smiled pleasantly. "What is it Daddy?"
"Well, your teachers called & said that you haven't been doing your work and..." clearing his throat, he continued, "It seems that you've been caught with a boy at school."
"Oh Daddy, he's just a friend! The teachers are trying to make too big of a deal about it!"
"Were you or were you not kissing him in the cafeteria?"
Lizzie couldn't meet her Dad's eyes. "Umm...."
Lawrence sighed. "That's what I thought. Well, for the time being you're grounded. You need to get those grades up!"
"No buts. School is important. And no more boys!"
Lizzie looked down at her hands. "Yes, Daddy."
Lawrence sighed again. "Now would be a good time to get started, Lizzie."
"This sucks!" she complained.
....and she and Lawrence got one more year older...