If you have been following the story "Hard Times" you will realize that the main character's mom and dad are often absent.
In fact, we haven't seen Mike her father since the earliest part of the story.
My question to you the reader is - where do you think he is?
What is your theory on a plausible reason for his absence all week?
Send me your feedback on where and if its correct, I'll write your alter-ego into the story somehow.