A Jack Production
You're Jack. You're 13-years old. You're in trouble.
You have a certain amount of freedom during the summer, but your parents are of the opinion that you've been abusing it. Today, you left the house without finishing your chores, you went out of bounds, and you came home after curfew. Last time you abused your freedom, Dad promised that next time, he'd respond by abusing your butt.
Your dad is a real spanker. For minor stuff, it's usually just his hand on your boxers. More serious offenses (or repeated offenses, or multiple offenses) usually end up with his bare hand on your bare butt. And for really serious offenses, it's still your bare butt, but it's with the paddle. You don't get that often, and when you do, you know you're going to be bawling before he finishes, and tender for a while after.
With three strikes against you today, you have no doubt that the paddle is what dad has in mind. The thing is, you actually did finish your chores before you left, so you really only have two errors, so you can hope for 'just' his hand (like that's still not enough to leave you sore and crying).
Here's your problem.
That's you on the left, and your 10-year old brother, Matt, on the right.
You tell people that you don't introduce Matt as your 'little brother the annoying pest' because you don't like being repetitive. The truth, though, is that he's usually pretty cool, and in a lot of ways, he's your best friend.
He's also the reason Mom thinks you didn't finish your chores. He'd asked you to swap out with him a couple of days ago, and he's the one who didn't finish. You even have the trade card he signed (just like Dad requires on chore trades) to prove it. All you have to do is show that card to dad, and you're at least getting off more lightly - maybe keeping that darned paddle in the drawer where it belongs.
The thing is,while you've been having trouble with curfew and boundaries, Matt's been having trouble with chores. It was just three days ago that Dad put Matt on final warning. If he has more chore trouble in the next week, he'll be getting paddled on his bare butt.
You do love your little brother, but that paddle really does burn bad. Are you going to be a very red Jack, or will there be two pair tonight?