You're fairly strict, and even Doug is under threat of the occasional sore bottom (though it's been a while since he's even needed the threat), and you still handle Tristan's discipline when called for. Generally speaking, though, the boys are well-behaved, and certainly don't need more discipline than the average boy their ages.
That's why you were shocked by what you've just learned.
This afternoon, you ran into a close friend of yours - Kim Malone. Her brood is actually larger than yours, so the two of you commiserate from time to time. Also, several of her kids are about the same age as several of yours, and they form some complex, interlocking, and close friendships among themselves and yet another brood of kids. While you're talking, Kim mentions that she's missed seeing Tristan around lately, and it will be nice for football season to end, so the kids will have more free time.
You make noncommittal noises in response to that, finish the conversation, then your shopping, and head home. You can't get it out of your head, though.
Normally, Tristan spends a lot of time at Jack Wells house, even though he's not required to go there after school, like your younger boys are. You know he was a bit down, because his closest friends, Tyler and Riley Malone and Bryce Wells are all either playing football or in marching band - meaning their busy after school. He'd been spending less time at Jack's than normal, but you thought he was visiting around and hanging with other boys. The main reason you thought that is because he told you that - right down to telling you he'd been at the Malone home the day before, and that Kim had said to tell you hello.
Tristan comes over for dinner, not long after you arrive home. You get him alone and confront him with what you know. He denies anything at first, but breaks down when you threaten to check some of his other alibis. He admits that he made a new friend at school who lives relatively nearby. This boy is a latch key kid, and his parents let him have music with parental warnings and he plays video games that are 'T' and 'Adults Only'. He's only been doing it a couple of weeks.
While Tristan isn't required to check in with anyone after school, he is supposed to let an adult know if he'll be out of pocket (which this definitely was), he has pretty strict screen time limits (which he's obviously been violating), and he is only allowed to play games or listen to music (or watch R rated movies) if they've been approved by yourself or his mom. And that doesn't even consider the fact that he's been lying to a number of people about what's been happening.
What has Mr. Trist earned for himself tonight?
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