And then he comes home for Thanksgiving Break and you realize something.
You are now taller than your
That's actually great, because not only have you surpassed him, but, at only 5'9", you know he's always been sensitive about his height. You start rubbing it in as soon as he arrives home Tuesday. He snaps at you a couple of times, and tries to ignore you a lot, until he finally storms off and slams his bedroom door in your face. The next morning, he won't even talk to you, ignoring you unless he has no other choice. You ask your mom, but she just says, 'you broke it, you fix it.'
So, since Mom is no help, you wait until you get to your uncles house. You try to tell him the problem, and he sends you to his bathroom. This is something he does sometimes - having you shower, then he'll clean up your back (where it's hard to reach with the Proactiv) while talking to you. He says it's easier to talk that way, and it seems like it's mostly true.
With a towel around your waist, your uncle works on your back (which mostly feels good, though is occasionally painful), and he listens to what you have to say, occasionally asking a question. When you're through, the two of you talk about general stuff, while he finishes your back. Then he undoes the towel, and unfolds it, leaving your butt bare. After a second, he walks over to the vanity, and you see him pick up a hairbrush before coming back.
The brush rests against your butt for a second, then your uncle speaks.
"Why were you making fun of his height?"
You answer him, taking a second to think about it, then he speaks again.
"Don't you know he's sensitive about it?"
Again and again, your uncle asks a lot of the same questions you've been asking yourself, except he accents each one with a pop on the butt. He's not especially gentle, and your butt's really stinging after not too many questions. You're not sure how many you get - maybe sixteen? Then he stops and sets the brush on the small of your back.
"I think I see three ways we can solve this, Cole. I can put you over my knee and wear you out, then you can go apologize to Blake. Or, I can find Blake and invite him down here, then he can watch me wear you out, before you apologize to him. Or maybe... just maybe, you can go find him and apologize to him, and that'll be enough. Which one do you think we need, or do you have another idea?"