A Jack Production
Eli is your 17-year old son; step-son really; but that's never made a difference to you. You've been married to his mother for over 10-years now, and it's been nearly that long since you adopted him.
You and Eli's mom have always agreed on discipline and have always presented a united front - even if you disagree with each other on a point, you handle it in private. For the most part, you've dealt with Eli by putting your hand or belt to his rear end. As he's gotten older, that's become less necessary, and when he does require a consequence, you normally use some type of restriction these days.
While you were at work, Wednesday, Eli managed to dig himself into a rather deep pit. He started the hole with not doing his chores before taking off, then coming home later than he was supposed to, arguing with his mom to get it nice and wide, and then he finished it off by back talking her when she gave the initial consequence. At least that's the story you got from her, and it's her explanation of why he's now totally grounded.
By the time you arrived home, and his mom told you her side, Eli was in his room and fairly quiet. When you talk to Eli, he's already sorry, and says he'll apologize before dinner. His story almost meshes with hers, except he claims that he'd done what she told him to do, and he told her he wasn't finished when he left. She wouldn't listen at all when he tried to remind her of that, and he just got too frustrated. You understand and believe that, since you've dealt with similar things before. The main difference is that you know when to cut it short, and come back when you're both calmer.
Eli does apologize, and nothing more is said of it. Not then. However, he's still grounded today, and it's the day his best friend finally gets home from camp.
He comes to you, not asking for you to end his grounding early, but to give him a butt whipping in place of the rest of it. Your spouse is gone for the day, and his friend just called to say he'll be home in about an hour.
We'll you grant clemency, give him his deal, or are you afraid you both might have to face The Wrath of Mom?