My Daddy’s Rules
By Cara Layton
Copyright 2012 Cara Layton
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Lizzie’s step-dad, Howie, had always been strict with her. He had insisted on watching over her 18th birthday party even though she was technically an adult. Ever since she had gone through puberty and, as it happens with most kids, rebelled a bit, he had been watching over her like a hawk. In the beginning his punishments had been harsh. She would get her things taken away for days on end. He would yell at her for hours. Lizzie’s mom just turned a blind eye to it. She worked long hours at a factory on the edge of town and that left Lizzie and her dad alone a lot. That was probably a good thing, though.
After Lizzie had turned 18, she noticed that her dad’s punishments were growing more bizarre. He would chastise her more quietly but would lean in next to her much closer. Sometimes he would place a hand on her shoulder in an almost caressing fashion when he was trying to get his point across. His hugs after a fight lasted just a little too long. Lizzie noticed these things but tried to brush them off as people do. She figured that he was just trying to be a loving father and it was just coming across wrong. Maybe something was wrong with her to even think that what he was doing was inappropriate. She just wasn’t sure and so she just left it alone.