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Lucas got a spanking yesterday morning. Sean was trying to do homework and he was a bit miffed at having to leave the room, but he had a busy day planned with his friends, and everything seemed all right after that.
Today, nothing has been all right. The two were trying not to talk to each other at breakfast, and they were short with each other when they had to speak. For that matter, they were both pretty short with everyone. They say there's nothing wrong, though.
All day long it goes like that. They're both giving each other a hard time, they're both being a bit impolite and snappish towards their little brothers. Neither one of them has been silly enough to be directly rude to you, but they've had some attitude, and it's come close a time or two.
Finally, you tell them that you've had it, and they can straighten up or else.
Sean gives you a rather angry look, while Lucas starts to snivel - not quite actually crying.
At that point, you separate them to find out what's going on.
Sean is mad at you for buying a smaller house, that you and your partner could fix up, instead of getting one where he could have his own room. He's also mad because he was working on a major homework project, trying to get ahead, and you made him drop it, instead of taking Lucas to your room or something.
On the other hand, Lucas is upset because he had to get ready for his whupping with Sean in the room, and when you had finished with him, Sean came back into the room while he was still crying, much less before he'd cleaned up.
Do you try to straighten the situation out, or will you just 'straighten out' both boys?