A Memory Man Production
You, Duncan, are the eldest of four sons of born to the Presbyterian minister on a remote Hebridean island. Your father was strict and whenever you sinned his interpretation of the "Wrath of God" took the form of a tawse applied liberally to your bared doups.
You are now seventeen and having escaped the island regime you are continuing your studies in a large mainland town where you are boarding with a widow and her eleven year old son Andrew.
Your host mothers you as though you were her own son and you return her kindness by helping her around the house and looking out for Andy who, lacking discipline since his father died just over a year ago, is proving to be a bit of a handful for his soft-hearted mother. You don't have much in common with Andy but you help him with his school work and as he looks up to you and minds you, you recognise that although unruly, he is basically a decent kid and you start to warm to him.
There are times when you feel trapped in suburbia and at weekends you like to pack a lunch and catch a bus to get away to go for long solo walks exploring the nearby hills. Andy has pestered to come with you a few times and you eventually agree to take him with you.
Andy's exuberance at the start of the walk kills any chances of you spotting wildlife and you become irritated as instead of walking with you he noisily skips around from rock to rock like a mountain goat. On coming to a wooded area he disappears along a side track and things go blissfully quiet for a while - for too long a while - causing you alarm since there are old mine workings in the area. You retrace your steps to the track and follow it calling anxiously all the time; you had only gone a little way when there is suddenly a bad imitation of a lion roaring right behind you.
Relieved and angry you spin round and wipe the silly grin off his face with an angry tirade ending with the remark "Running off alone like that in a wild place was a stupid dangerous trick and if I'd done that my dad would have pulled my pants down and whipped me raw."
You stride out in silence for the next hour with Andy almost running to keep up with you until you come to a vantage point that is ideal for a lunch break and you sit on a flat rock silently taking in the view. Andy flops down nearby. You finish eating and Andy moves across to sit beside you.
"Dunc" he says hesitantly. "I'm sorry, really sorry"
"Dunc..... If you er.....er ...do like er...your dad would have done can we be friends again? Plea..se."
"Huh! You could certainly do with a good skelping but your mother would throw me out if I did that to her little darling"
Andy is fighting back tears as he looks at you and holds your gaze.
There's a catch in his voice as he whispers "She'll never know - - unless you tell her." as he stands up and starts to unfasten his belt.
What will you do? Do you stop him there .............or??