THE CHRONICLES OF WHAT HAPPENED, BY CAM HANSON
Sometimes a kid’s only hope for saving himself is to become his parents’ shrink.
Or so fifteen-year-old Cam Hanson would like you to think. Never mind that he spent last summer under the care of a psychiatrist, or as Cam calls him, the “effing witch doctor mind specialist.” He’d rather you pay more attention to his attempt to turn his life around, to become more observant, more professional.
When his family’s surprise inheritance of a grand old home dredges up troubling memories from his parents’ childhoods, Cam decides his life’s purpose is to be their therapist. Learning from and then cleverly supplanting a sketchy hired hypnotist, he fends off his meddling siblings and pushes his parents to the brink. But in forcing a confrontation with their traumatic pasts, is Cam trying to help them heal or is he being driven by the unsettling truth behind his desire to reinvent himself?
So before we get started and get carried away and all that, let’s be clear about something:
Cam Hanson has not run away from home.
Okay, technically, he has, but really, the more sophisticated and professional explanation (out of respect for your intelligence) is that Cam Hanson has taken a brief sabbatical from home. More specifically, a brief sabbatical from his role as hands-on, day-to-day leader of his family and his parents’ only hope at healing their deep-seated psychic wounds.
Nice résumé for someone alive only fifteen years ten months.
Another important point in need of clarification: This temporary suspension of familial duties and Cam’s subsequent departure to an undisclosed location with his notebooks and pens and his memories to write out what you’re reading now, this chronicle of what really happened to the Hansons in those ten months following the day he turned fifteen, is not Cam’s doing by choice, but rather his best option out of several less attractive ones due to the unfortunate, inexcusable actions and belief systems of certain nefarious individuals, all of which will be exposed, and rightfully so, in said chronicle.
But that’s not where the story begins.
Cam’s parents didn’t become his patients overnight and a jealous world didn’t try and tear down the edifice of his achievements in one day. We start where it all really started for Cam Hanson: that particularly anxious evening in February, when, among other fortuitous events, he received a vision from the future.