Hey guys. I hope this goes here, I wasn't quite sure... I was wondering if you might be able to help? I have a question for any parents out there, or anyone who may have runaway as a teen and been through this is with their folks; “Once the teen is back home, how do the parents react?” I’m really after the Father’s POV, because of my MC’s situation, see below. Let me explain my MC, her father, why she ran away, and both their motives and reasons. (Let me know if something doesn’t make sense) (Sorry if this is looooong. I tend to ramble when I’m trying explaining something like this.) Firstly, my story is Fantasy—well, sort of. My MC is a sixteen (almost seventeen) year old modern day Princess, living in a world almost the same as ours. So, think of somebody like one of todays young Royals, or s President’s daughter. Her mother and older sister were killed in a car wreck a year before the story starts. My MC was in the car but was the only one who survived. Before the wreck, she had a (mostly) happy home life; sometimes things were a little stressful from the family being in the constant spotlight of their “people” (their race), but generally, the family unit was happy. My MC had a sister she looked up to (but occasionally fought with too—sisters fight, you know?), and parents who thought the world of their daughters. My MC and her father were close. However, after the car wreck, everything changed. The accident shattered my MC and her father on an individual level, but it also shattered their relationship too. Her father with-drew from ‘family-life’ in the weeks after, and threw himself into his work as King. He stopped spending ‘social/family’ time with her, leading her to believe he blamed her for the accident. My MC had a seizure (she has a medical condition; epilepsy, really) which she believes caused the driver to panic and veer off the road. In actual fact, there was a mechanical fault with the car, and that’s what caused the driver to loose control. Her father would shut her down if she ever tried to talk to him about it, and so she was never really told what happened exactly. He assumed she knew. And she does find this out later on in the story. Even armed with this info, my MC still believes her father is angry with her for surviving when her mother and sister did not. Moreover, my MC believes that her father considers that the wrong child died. Her sister was his hair (and in some ways, his favourite—although he did not neglect my MC before the wreck, or outright show favouritism), and she believes he would have preferred her sister have lived rather than my MC. My MC’s misplaced belief is further fuelled by her father refusing to talk about what happened, and not really talking about her mother or her sister at all anymore; in reality, it hurts him to talk about them; he’s still very much in the grieving process, (and not really dealing) and can’t find his way passed his grief to fully acknowledge his daughter’s need for her father to comfort her and help her deal too. Their relationship goes from bad to worse; barely letting my MC grieve for her mom and sister, he pushes her sister’s royal duties (and lifestyle, really) onto my MC—she’s now the sole heir to his throne (‘only one kid left, no back up plan’ as my MC puts it)—which is a life my MC isn’t ready for and never wanted in the first place; she had always been content to let her sister go on to rule. And so with this forced lifestyle and the King’s new attitude towards his daughter (and life in general), she rebels, causing her father even more grief. The two constantly argue, and my MC reaches the point where she doesn’t particularly like her father (she may love him, but she doesn’t like him). Still giving herself; feeling like she’s lost her mom, her sister AND her father, she’s finding her new duties and responsibilities overwhelming. When she tries to talk to her father about it, he’s not interested; it’s her birthright, her destiny, and her duty, as far as he’s concerned. My MC reaches breaking point, and two and a half months after the accident, she bolts; attempting to run from her problems. She flees from her world, into ours. Regarding the King before the wreck; He was always a great dad to my MC and her sister when they were growing up. He adored his wife. He put his family before his duties as King—as much as he realistically could—his family came first. But, after the wreck, he did a complete 180, and now, arguably, it’s the other way around. When this happened, it was a shock to my MC, and really, the last thing she needed. She needed her father. Not her King. My MC’s father isn’t a bad guy. In the wake of the accident, the loss of his wife and child just devastated him to the core; really, he’s lost in his own pain, and finds solace in his work as King. And that’s what stems from him pushing my MC too far too fast in what he wants for her. My MC’s sister always wanted the life her father had given her, she loved the spotlight, and it frustrates him that my MC can’t understand that this is her duty now. He’s so caught up in his work, and himself, he can’t really see her ‘needs’ or 'wants'. And then, she runs away. This not only angers him, but the guy is worried sick about his kid too. He may be in a bad place, and his relationship with his daughter has broken down, but he still loves her—he’s just hasn’t done very good job of showing it, really. She’s missing for about 8 months. He has his guards and officials looking for her everyday, but nothing. Finally, she’s found and dragged home—and this is where my story starts. If you’re still with me—yeah, I rambled, sorry—any ideas on how to play this? Now, he’s going to react a little differently from ‘everyday’ parents (which is why I’m having a little trouble here) because he’s a King, with responsibilities. And, to a degree, she has responsibilities too. I understand this totally depends on the character of the father, but, I’m looking for ideas on what happens between them when she’s first returns home, and in the days after. From his POV, how might he react? What might he say? What questions would he have for her? Obviously, he’s going to want to know why she left and where she’s been. He’s going to ask about her health too. She has a seizure every so often—it’s not bad epilepsy, it’s very mild (it’s sort of a fantasy-type-epilepsy condition), but it plays a part in the story. One thing he’ll face which normal fathers would not, is by running away my MC put the kingdom (as small is it is) at risk. The King’s enemies could have grabbed her to apply pressure on him, to control him. He didn't know where she was; if his enemies claimed they had her—even if they did’t—he would have had to assume they did. Other than that... ehhh... I'm stuck with this part of the plot.