Neal's big brothers are friends with your older sons, like their parents are friends with you. They boys are all at your house a lot, and you have permission to treat them like you do your own - including spanking.
This evening, Neal and his brothers are staying with you. Their mom had a library science seminar, and she won't be back until late, and their dad had a late shift. You cook enough for a small army most of the time, and you're happy to have them.
At just past 6pm, you receive a call. It's Neal, though Colt is with them. You check the board, and the two of them were going bike riding.
When daylights savings time ends, you put a strict limit on bike riding after dark. For the first week or two, violating it is an automatic spanking - not because you don't trust the boys, but because you don't trust the drivers, who are now coming home in the dark. After the first couple of weeks, you aren't so strict, but the boys still have stricter boundaries (keeping them away from major streets).
Neal and Colt have gone to Target to do some Christmas browsing. They're calling to let you know they're going to be late. You tell them to stay where they are, and you go pick them up.
On your way to get them, you count the spankings earned. While Target isn't exactly outside the boys area, you would certainly not have given them permission to go there on a school day, knowing how early it gets dark. And that doesn't consider that Target is WAY outside their boundaries for after dark right now. Finally, they are supposed to be home by 6pm. While arriving after 6:30 is an automatic spanking, it's questionable if they would have been able to make it home by then or not, considering when they called you.
After loading their bikes, you climb back behind the wheel. They're behind you, buckling up. You don't have much to say, and their both quiet, until Neal finally speaks up.
"Are we in trouble?"
Are they - and if so, how much?