A Memory Man Production
You are single and although you live alone you are only a short distance from your married brother. Your family ties are still strong and you regularly visit your brothers family for your evening meal, also living so close by, you are a handy (and willing) first call as a sitter to your ten year old nephew Ryan. Over the years of baby-sitting you have developed a close relationship with Ryan who has often slept over in your apartment. Ryan is a high spirited athletic boy who shares your interest in mountain walking and he has become a welcome companion on some of your weekend expeditions, sharing your hotel room or your tent perched up on a mountainside.
Your brother, as did your father, adopts a zero tolerance approach to discipline and is (in your opinion) all too ready to bare and spank Ryan for minor infractions. You have on several occasions sat in their home experiencing a nostalgic stirring in your loins as you watch Ryan's little pert perfectly proportioned posterior positioned across your brothers lap colouring up under his punishing hand in pretty much the same way as both yours did as kids.
You have needed to check Ryan's high spirits at times when he's been in your care but you have never seen the need to invoke the injunction to "give him a hiding if he misbehaves" you usually receive. You do though insist on one iron rule - that he doesn't wander off on his own without first checking it out with you.
Tonight you and Ryan were settling into your hotel room prior to the start of a walking weekend when Ryan asked, and received, your permission go the playground you'd passed almost next door to the hotel. He hadn't returned by the time it was starting to get dusk but when you went out to call him you found the playground empty and the whole area deserted.
A cold finger clutched at your heart as you looked for him. Then after finding no sign of him and becoming increasingly worried you went back inside to return your key and explain the situation before getting into the car to fruitlessly cruise the streets. Returning to the hotel wondering if it was too early to report him as a missing child you breathed a big sigh of relief when the receptionist informed you he had returned and had been escorted to your room.
On entering you found Ryan watching TV. You strode across to switch the set off and demand an explanation.
"It was boring when the other kids went home so I went and had a little explore."
Your relief and anger were an explosive mix and you let loose with both barrels. When your tirade ended Ryan looked up at you with tear filled eyes and you heard a querulous little voice.
"I'm sorry Uncle John. I didn't mean to scare you like that ................... are - are you going to spank me?"
Are you? - How will you respond?