Nobody moved for at least five seconds; and I only say seconds because that was probably how long we were actually standing there for. Let me tell you, when my father stares you down with that death glare, it feels like minutes passed by. Thankfully my mother was the one who broke the silence because I doubt I would have been able to.
“Elsa, darling.” She greeted as she came up to me and hugged me. I came up to her but instantly knew she was also feeling awkward, she never calls me ‘darling’.
“Hi mom!” I hugged her tight.
“Hi dad!” I tried to smile at him but he didn’t budge from staring at Jack.
“What are you two doing here?” I asked.
“Well we were in town and we wanted to visit.” He explained… still staring at Jack. “Anna let us in, but she’s getting ready at the moment. The question is young lady, where were you this early in the morning?” I cleared my throat before I could answer.
“I was with a my-“
“Boyfriend.” Jack cut off. I felt my heart jump, that was the first time he’s actually said that.
“Boyfriend?” My father questioned, and my mother’s face grew with worry.
“Yes, my boyfriend.” The words almost sounded foreign on my tongue. “Mom, dad, this is Jack.” Jack held out his hand. Thankfully my mother came up to accept the greeting, however my father did not.
“It’s wonderful to meet you.” My mom smiled. I knew I could always count on her.
“It’s nice to meet you too.” Jack tried to smile. I could practically hear him mumble ‘Although I with it was under different circumstances.’ As usual, my father did not say anything only making the air in the room even more awkward.
“I was just dropping Elsa home. She stayed with her cousin and asked me to pick her up.” Jack lied on the spot.
“Which cousin?” my father challenged.
“Rapunzel.” Jack answered. “We’ve all gotten close this semester.”
“That’s difficult to imagine.” Father mumbled loud enough for everyone to hear. I felt Jack sigh and squeeze my hand.
“I guess I’ll see you later then.” He said to me.
“Yeah, thank you for driving me.” I responded. When Jack turned to leave, I had to resist the urge to hug or kiss him goodbye. He just nodded to me and walked out of the door. When the door shut behind him, that’s where it all happened.
“Aren’t you a little young to be staying overnight with a boy?” My father boomed.
“Dad, I’m 21. And I was with Rapunzel last night.” I countered. “And even if I was with Jack last night we didn’t do anything. I promise you.”
“So you didn’t get drunk at a party last night?” he threw in my face. “And don’t bother lying, I have the drunk message from both you and Anna.”
So that’s how he knew.
“Where is she by the way? Also with Rapunzel?” he mocked.
“Sweetheart-“ my mother tried to stop him.
“So she didn’t let you into our dorm?” I concluded.
“We paid for the dorm Elsa, of course we had a spare key for emergencies.” He smirked. “But that doesn’t answer my question, where were you two last night?”
“Where do you think we were dad?!” I exclaimed. “We were at a party to celebrate our friend’s 21st birthday! Yes the both of us got drunk, yes we didn’t come home, but we were in good hands dad!” I looked to my mother who I could clearly tell was on my side, but she had no power over my dad’s rage.
“Don’t you dare raise your voice at me young lady!” he fired back.
“’Young Lady?!’ I’m 21! I’m an adult! I can make my own decisions about what I do with my life!”
“Throwing away your education is one of them?!”
“For your information dad, I am ahead in all my classes! I’m passing with flying colours! The only reason I went out last night was because I deserved a break. I deserved to relieve myself of any stress because I’ve been working so hard! And I went out last night so I could have a fun time with my friends! Not be locked away in this dorm for the rest of the semester!”
“I’m not asking you to lock yourself in this dorm Elsa. I’m just saying that you can’t throw away the fine education you worked for by drinking and partying and having sex!”
That part caught me way off guard.
“I’m not doing any of those things! And so what if I did?! It’s my life dad! You can’t control me like you have been for 21 years! I’m not going to be that girl anymore! I won’t be your puppet! And I won’t follow your footsteps!” I didn’t mean to pour out all the anger I’ve held in for years, but it seemed like the right time to do so.
“Then how else are you going to be successful in life?!”
“By living it! By falling in love, doing things, getting married to a man I choose and have as many kids as I want to!” I boomed without really realizing what I was saying. My father looked at me as if I had grown two heads.
“I don’t know what you’re talking about.” He lied.
“So you weren’t trying to arrange a marriage with me and Hiccup, or me and Julian?” I countered. My mother looked at me in shock and came to try and calm me down. My father looked like he was caught doing a crime, but he composed himself.
“First of all, that was me thinking about your future. Second of all, who told you-?”
“THINKING OF MY FUTURE?! You can’t be serious!” I snarled.
“Thinking of my future would be to let me live it myself!” I countered. My father was about to say something when the front door swung open. Anna had stumbled inside, not realizing our guests until she looked up.
“Mom, dad.” She smiled with a blush blooming on her face. When she saw me her smile faded. My face must have been red with all of the yelling.