Description: A woman, Marlene (Reagan Foxx), is fussing about the living room nervously, straightening the couch cushions, re-facing the decorations on the fireplace mantle and the coffee table, etc. when her boyfriend, Tom (Brad Newman), comes up behind her and puts his hands comfortingly on her shoulders. Just relax, he tells her, come on, sit down, she just needs to breathe and not stress out so much. He leads her to the bay window and sits down, taking her hands in his and gently pulling her down to sit too. She tells him she can't help but be worried - this is her one chance to reconnect with Alyssa (Alina Lopez), and she doesn't want to screw it up. Tom tells her not to worry, he's sure her step-daughter is ready to make amends. Why else would she have accepted Marlene's invitation after all this time, if she still held a grudge? Marlene supposes that Tom's right, and puts her hand on his cheek. Either way, she's glad he was willing to stick by her side this whole weekend, otherwise she'd be an emotional wreck. He didn't have to do that. Tom kisses her hands and tells her of course, he'll always support her no matter what. She knows that. Their tender moment is interrupted by a car pulling into view in the driveway just outside the bay window. That must be her, Marlene says a bit scared. Tom puts his hand again on her shoulder and gives it a quick rub. She can do this, he reassures her. She nods and looks back out the window where a young woman has stepped out of the back of the car, a travel bag in tow. She lifts her sunglasses and takes a sweeping look around the large mansion-like house with a cold, inscrutable look on her face, before putting her glasses back on her face and closing the car door behind her. The car pulls off as Marlene straightens up and moves out of the living room towards the door to greet the girl, wringing her hands nervously as she walks. Tom follows. 'Alyssa, dear,' Marlene says solemnly as she opens the door and holds out her arms to welcome the teen. 'I'm so grateful you finally decided to come, it's been so long. TOO long.' She continues to hold her arms out but it's clear Alyssa has no intention of reciprocating the gesture, she stops short several inches from Marlene's reach. 'Hello, mother,' she says coldly, not betraying any signs of emotion behind her sunglasses. She turns her head to Tom who is standing a couple of paces back from Marlene, looking a bit awkward and trying not to intrude. 'You must be the boyfriend,' she says to him. He smiles and introduces himself, holding out his hand to shake hers. Bemused, she gives the smallest of smiles as she hands off her bag into her mother's hands without even looking at her, and then takes off her sunglasses. She shakes his hand, and he tells her Marlene has told him so much about her, he's been really looking forward to meeting her. Pulling back his hand after a firm shake, Tom looks a bit surprised now that her sunglasses are off. Wow, he remarks, the two of them really do look so much alike - if Marlene hadn't told him, he would have sworn that they were real, flesh-and-blood mother and daughter. Alyssa says that that's the ONLY thing the two of them have in common. Tom says come now, he's sure that's not true, he bets that Alyssa is a perfectly wonderful and charming young woman. 'Exactly,' Alyssa says pointedly as she walks forward past Marlene to Tom, taking the sunglasses still in her hand and slipping them into his shirt's breast pocket. She walks past him into the house. 'Coming, mother?' Alyssa calls back from inside the house. Marlene looks over worriedly at Tom, and he tries to reassure her again while rubbing his palm across her back, although he's not quite as brimming with confidence as he was earlier. She's just 18, Tom reminds her, all teenagers are moody and sarcastic. She still came, didn't she? Marlene supposes he's right, and Tom winks saying he knows he is. He heads into the house. Marlene lets in and out a long sigh to calm herself, and then heads inside. TITLE PLATE An hour or so later that day, Marlene brings some freshly baked cookies to the table where Alyssa is on her laptop. As Marlene nears, she tells Alyssa that she's baked her favorite. Alyssa looks down at the tray with disdain and disinterest and then back to Marlene. Cushy place she's got here, Alyssa says gesturing at the big house. Guess her decision to cut and run on the family after Alyssa's dad died paid off. 'Alyssa,' Marlene sits down gently and begins to pour her heart out - she must understand, she never meant to hurt Alyssa or her siblings. Her husband had just passed away, she was grieving, in shock. She didn't know how to cope. She figured the family would go stay with their real mother - his ex-wife - and her new husband... so Marlene didn't feel like she was abandoning them. If anything, she thought they would be better off. She was never planning on leaving them forever, she just needed some time to heal. But that's not an excuse. She realizes now that that was the wrong thing to do, that it must have doubled the sense of loss the family had felt. She's truly sorry, and she's been trying to make amends ever since. All of Alyssa's other siblings have since forgiven her, why can't she? Alyssa sits up slowly, and for a moment she looks sincere with a sympathetic expression on her face. She starts to slowly reach out across the table to Marlene, and seeing this, Marlene starts to reach out too to meet her in the middle. But at the last second, Alyssa fakes her out, and picks up a cookie from the table between them. She picks it up and bites into it. 'Thanks for the snack, mom,' she says snidely as she gets up and walks away from Marlene, who sits there looking devastated. Later that day, Tom goes to check on Marlene who has retreated to the kitchen and is desperately trying to distract herself with chores. He starts to tell her that Alyssa FINALLY decided what she wanted to order for take-out, but then stops when he sees that his girlfriend looks sad and distant. Tom comes up to her and asks if everything's alright, and Marlene turns to him and lets him wrap her into a supportive hug. Things don't seem to be going well at all, Marlene confesses as she pulls out from the hug, she's been trying all day to connect with Alyssa but she just keeps ignoring her, or worse. No matter how much Tom has pointed out that Alyssa still agreed to come, she still seems to be holding a grudge. She doesn't know what else to do anymore. Tom tries to reassure Marlene that maybe it's not her fault, maybe it was just too soon. Alyssa's still a teenager, after all, whereas her siblings are now in their twenties. Maybe it'll just take some time. But he insists that Marlene at least is trying, and maybe Alyssa will remember that someday and come around. Marlene gushes and remarks that Tom always seems to know just the right thing to say. Then this gives her an idea - maybe HE can talk to Alyssa. Tom confesses he doesn't know if that's such a good idea. But Marlene points out that Alyssa at least seems to be engaging with Tom, she's been following him around all day and the two of them seem to have a good rapport, she clearly likes him better than Marlene at any rate. Could it hurt for him to try to talk to her? Tom is about to say he is not sure about this, but he sees how desperate Marlene is for this to work out, so he hesitantly says he'll at least give it a try. Tom arrives at Alyssa's open door, where Alyssa is lying on her bed listening to music through headphones while browsing on her cell phone. He sits on the edge of the bed and nudges her foot to get her attention. She removes the ear buds and looks up at him expectantly, and Tom says he wants to talk to her. Alyssa has a knowing look on her face, and she gets up to kneel on her bed, her bent legs spread wide open towards Tom. 'Fire away,' she says suggestively. Tom clears his throat uncomfortably. Look, he starts, clearly she has no interest in accepting her mom's apologies, and if he had known that she would behave like this then he never would have reached out to her to encourage her to come. But now that she IS here, can't she at least be...? Alyssa puts a finger up Tom's lips and shushes him. She says she never came here for her mom's sake in the first place, she came here for Tom's. Tom is confused - for his sake? Alyssa starts leaning towards him even further, holding herself up on the bed on her fours like a cat on the prowl. She says that she's seen the pictures of him and her mom, and he seems like a nice guy. A big, STRONG, nice guy she says as she spiders her fingers up his biceps, making him flinch. And she likes making nice guys happy, she concludes. In fact, she's very GOOD at making guys happy. Tom swats her hand away - what the hell is she doing? Alyssa pouts and says she just wanted to make him happy - that's why she came, after all. Wasn't that why he reached out to her, why he BEGGED her to come? Tom insists that she knows that's not why. Alyssa says yeah, sure, he wanted them to resolve their differences so Marlene could be happy and blah blah blah. But at the end of the day, that's not what he reaaally wants, she teases him, he just wants what any guy wants. She unbuttons the top buttons of her blouse and lowers it down past her shoulders. Tom orders her to stop and put her shirt back on. Alyssa tells him she doesn't want to stop, she's having fun, and points at his crotch saying it looks like he's having fun too, a LOT of fun from the looks of it. No wonder her mom likes him. He leaps off the bed. This was a huge mistake, he says, and moves to leave. Go ahead, leave, Alyssa taunts him. She'll just keep acting worse and worse all weekend until Marlene is so miserable she's finally had enough and kicks her out, and then Tom can pick up the pieces. But if Tom wants her to behave, she says in a flirty tone as she moves her hand towards her crotch, he's going to have to MAKE her behave. She starts rubbing her hands on her body over her clothing, and lets out a fake moan. Stop it! Tom hisses at her quietly, her mom's going to hear her. In response, she just moans louder. Shut up! Tom hisses and moves to cover her mouth with his hands. Alyssa pulls away and giggles sadistically. Make me, she says. She starts moaning again, even louder, and Tom looks back in fear to the hall outside. Distracted, desperate, panicked and (although he hates to admit it) a little turned on, Tom turns back to Alyssa and says he'll make her, alright. He then does the only thing he can think of to get her to stop, he kisses her fiercely, grabbing her head with both hands. Alyssa encourages him, urging him onward. Tom hate-fucks Alyssa, though Alyssa enjoying making him squirm. At times Tom panics about Alyssa getting too loud and tries to get her to be quiet. Eventually Tom gets so into it he stops paying attention to how loud they're being... The door slams open and a gasp is heard behind them. Tom looks over in horror as Marlene stands in the doorway in shock. 'Tom?!' she says horrified, 'How COULD you...?!' From under Tom, Alyssa pokes out and gloats that it seems like Tom's chosen her daughter over her. Tom tells her to shut up, and tries to plead with Marlene that it's not like that, but Alyssa keeps goading them, saying that it was probably a huge turn-on to find out there was a hotter, younger version of his girlfriend. No, Tom insists, he loves Marlene! Alyssa tells Marlene, who's still speechless, that Tom in fact was the one who contacted her and convinced her to come this weekend. Marlene looks in shock over to Tom - is this true? Tom is flustered and tries to explain, yes, it's true, but it's not how it sounds... Tom is stumbling over his words and Alyssa cuts back in. Now her mom knows what it feels like to be betrayed and abandoned, hm? But this weekend is all about making amends, and Alyssa would be willing to share if Marlene is desperate enough for love to get fucked by somebody who just cheated on her with her own daughter. Better than ending up alone, isn't it? Tom begs for the chance to explain but Marlene just sits on the bed in shock. Keep fucking her, she tells Tom in a resigned voice. Tom looks at her perplexed and whispers 'What?!' and Marlene looks at him with sad eyes. Just keep fucking her, she says, he clearly wants to. He tries to protest but Alyssa takes the lead and starts grinding against his dick again, causing him to moan uncontrollably. Didn't you hear her? Alyssa says to Tom, Marlene wants them to keep going!