During the years you've known Nate and James, you've come to treat them like your own children, and both of them have received sore bottoms from you - both with their friends, with their brother, or solo.
With summer coming on, you're going to have more than the normal number of boys around the house, so you've met with them, to remind them of the rules, let them know that you need everyone to follow the rules, to help you keep up with everyone and be sure of what's going on, and that you won't be very tolerant of 'I forgots' right now.
Nate and James have an older, half-brother, by their dad. Ryan's mother doesn't live nearby, and he went to college near her home, so he hasn't been around here much, but you do know him, and he was a customer of yours before his mom did move away. When he graduated college last month, he came to visit his dad. While he's been staying at his dad's house, it was decided he wouldn't be able to handle the boys by himself, so they stayed with you. However, their Ryan did spend a lot of time with them. He's thinking of staying here while looking for a job in his field, and maybe working for you.
One of the regular rules you have is a 9pm curfew for the younger boys, unless they confirm something different with you.
Ryan comes by this evening and wants to take the kids out to play Putt Putt. It's just after 6pm, so you have no problem with them going. You also don't remind them of the curfew, because Ryan was there the last time you went over the rules, and because he says they're only going to play a couple of games.
At 9:45, they're not home and you haven't even heard from them. You have a job application from Ryan at work, and you're thinking about going there to get it. Before you can do that, they three of them come home - 45 minutes late.
Both boys know that your standard policy is, more than thirty minutes late is an automatic spanking. They both look a bit nervous as they come in with Ryan.
"You knew they were out with me," Ryan answers when you ask. "I didn't think it was a big deal."