An Ivor Production
You recently married the lady who you met a few months back through a dating agency. She has a 12 year old son, Daniel from her previous marriage. Her husband, Daniel's father died a couple of years ago. Daniel seems to have taken to you and accepted you as his new 'Dad' although he has not yet used that word when talking to you.
You know from talking with your wife that her first husband did spank Daniel when necessary. She though found it impossible to do so. She has made it clear that she would not object if you found it necessary to spank him. She says that Daniel knows she has told you this. You aren't sure if you could spank him and as he has proved to be a good kid the need has not so far arisen.
Today Daniel went off down the local park to play baseball with a group of his friends. He is not particularly sporty but this holiday he seems to have got in with a group who meet up down there most days to do various things. You are glad that he appears to be making friends and enjoying himself.
However, he hasn't come home when he should and after giving him some leeway you decide to go and find him. You see him sitting on some steps, looking very dejected.
You go and sit with him and after a while he haltingly and tearfully tells you why he doesn't want to come home. It turns out he took your prize possession a baseball signed by Babe Ruth, to the park for the game today. An older kid he didn't know came by, saw it and offered him $5 for it which he accepted. Afterwards one of his friends asked him where he got the money from and when Daniel told him, his friend explained exactly what he had done, adding that he'd better not go home as when he did he'd be getting the worst whipping of his life for sure.
When he's finished telling you the story, Daniel looks up at you through his tears and asks.
"How bad is it going to be, Dad?"
(With thanks to Kat for allowing me to use his MMSA story 'The Sandlot - A Different Ending')