“Chel left early this morning to spend the day with friends,” Andrea stated in a slightly rehearsed manner. Kalvin glanced up at their father, hoping he wouldn’t notice.

“Oh? Who is she with?” Vic hoped he didn’t sound anymore probing than usual. “No one left the house this morning – or last night. This is alarming.”

“Lexx -” Andrea replied without thinking.

“Chel told you about him, right?” Kalvin was quick to speak up before Andrea could say anything else. “Or was she talking to mom?”

Andrea blinked at her brother, a little annoyed that he was interrupting her.