OK - here goes: difficult child had Friday off from school last week. She announced that she was going for a "sleepover" at L's house Thursday night and she wouldn't be back until Friday evening. I told her "no" - but I would be happy to take her to L's house any time on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday so they could hang out. Well, difficult child got angry....that was no good! Next thing I heard, L wasn't available to get together aaallll weekend (even though supposedly they had originally planned to hang out all day Friday after their "sleepover"). Nope - L was busy. difficult child was going to the mall with B and E instead. Oh - Ok. That sounds fine... Then difficult child explains that even though B was picking her up - difficult child would probably end up walking a few miles home. ???? Um....what? The friend that is driving you to the mall can only bring you halfway home??? That doesn't make any sense... And then, suddenly, B wasn't available either. But no worries - E can probably drive difficult child to the mall AND home again. Nope - wait....E can't do it either. Oh but good news! difficult child asked a person she just met, R, and R is willing to drive difficult child to the mall and all the way back home.....that is if R's parents will let R use their truck. Oh - nope....the parents are uncomfortable with R driving a person she barely knows. ??? So - what does all this sound like to you? My impression is that difficult child had some kind of a scheme worked up where she told her parents she was going to the mall - but instead arranged for a friend to drive her to a different location and just drop her off. Whatever it was - it was something that the friend was not interested in / or perhaps not invited to. The friend couldn't give her a ride home 'from the mall' because the friend would have had to go back to the alternate location and pick difficult child up and then drive her home. Pain in the butt for the friend - and suspicious enough that another parent said "no" to their child being involved. What do you think? Am I on to something - or just being paranoid?