My Daddy’s Ranch
By Cara Layton
Copyright 2012 Cara Layton
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The shrill cry of the school’s bell sounded, marking the end of another school year. Cassie was finally done with high school and the prospect of her first truly free summer weighed heavily on her mind. She had turned 18 several months before and it had taken all of her willpower just to finish the school year. While she knew that she had to have her degree, she wanted nothing more than to get out and live life on her own terms.
She and her boyfriend, Randy, had made plans for the summer months in advance. They had been dating in secret for some time. You see, Cassie’s mom was the typical over-protective type. She kept the girl under lock and key for years, never even letting her go to slumber parties or birthdays. Little did she know that her efforts had done nothing to quell Cassie’s independent spirit. In fact, the prison-like atmosphere of her up-bringing only served to make her lash out more as she grew up. Within months of beginning high school, she had begun to sneak out and party with her new friends. Her virginity was gone long before the junior year had even begun. The parties had been awesome and the friends that she had made were even more so.
Cassie’s mom was a piece of work. Crazy might have been a more appropriate description. She would hound Cassie on a nearly hourly basis. And just as she had driven away Cassie’s dad, so too did she scare off her second husband: Travis. He left a few years back and returned to a ranch that his family owned somewhere in Colorado. The two of them had never actually divorced, however. Growing up, Travis had been like Cassie’s real dad, who she had no memory of to begin with. But after an unbelievable amount of mental torture, Travis upped and moved away, never to be heard from again. At least Cassie never heard from him, anyway.