"Mum, no, I am sorry really, please..." wailed Thomas, as Diane dragged him into the lounge.
"I'm sure you are, Thomas, but you're not anywhere near sorry enough yet" said Diane throwing the cane down onto one of the armchairs "And by the time I've finished with you, you're going to be a very sorry little boy indeed."
"No, please, mum, mercy, mercy" yelled Thomas, in tears as his mother pulled him over her lap. She began spanking him hard with the hairbrush.
"Am I going to have to hold you down?" she asked as he squirmed and struggled to escape the searing pain in his bottom. Her hand came down underneath him, seizing his willy and taking a firm grip.
"Ow!" he wailed.
In the kitchen, Gary and Keith were washing and wiping up, trying to ignore the terrible sounds emanating from the lounge.
"What's he done?" asked Keith.
"Decided to help himself from the drinks cabinet and got drunk last night" said Gary.
"First time?" asked Keith.
"Well, as far as we know" said Gary "Apparently he was sat on the lawn naked when the girls got back.
"They dobbed him in did they?" said Keith, sounding disappointed.
"No, they tried to get him to bed, cover up. They wouldn't do that" said Gary, sounding insulted at the suggestion.
"Oh" said Keith "Sorry, so how did you find out?"
"Diane checked on the kids when we got back, he'd gone walkabouts" said Gary "We found him on the garage roof, eventually. Emily was made to spill the beans, not that it wasn't obvious by then anyway."
"Isn't it a bit harsh, then, first time?" suggested Keith tentatively.
"Not in Diane's book. She doesn't want the kids thinking of alcohol as a casual thing, and he'd been smoking, and that a real no no in this family." said Gary "I'd have half killed him for that."
"Kids are bound to experiment though, aren't they? Boys especially" said Keith, wincing at some of Thomas' piercing shrieks.
"Smoking killed my father" said Gary simply.
"Oh, sorry" said Keith.
"I don't want the kids starting, or experimenting. It might seem cool at their age and they might just smoke a bit, and they might think they're in control, they might think they can stop anytime they want to, but then... one day they find they want to and they can't" said Gary.
"True" said Keith.
"Anyway, what's this job Diane wants you for?" asked Gary.
This story is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.
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