Dad: Where have you been? Do you know what time it is?
Caitlin: I’m sorry, Dad. I lost track of time.
Dad: Lost track of time? We’ve been worried sick about you. You were supposed to come straight home after school.
Caitlin: I know, but Janet was showing me something in her locker when a fight broke out in the hallway. The vice principal, Mr. Lopez, finally came out and broke it up.
Dad: That still doesn’t explain why you’re late. And, I don’t want any excuses.
Caitlin: Well, one of the guys in the fight was Dan, Janet’s brother. Mr. Lopez called their parents and I waited with her until they got there.
Dad: I never liked Dan. He’s trouble. I don’t want you hanging around with him.
Caitlin: I don’t. I’m friends with Janet, not her brother. I didn’t do anything wrong.
Dad: Oh, really? You missed curfew last week and now you’re late again. Just wait until your mother hears about this. You’re grounded for a week.
Caitlin: Dad! That’s not fair! None of my friend’s parents are as strict as you are.
Dad: That’s enough. I won’t have you talking back to me. Now, go to your room.