Leah sat in the kitchen contemplating what to do. She knew Meredith would be home soon, and she knew that she had no choice but to tell her the truth. John was away on business, and Meredith had to work, which wasn't unusual on a Saturday morning. Leah was allowed to stay home because of her recent good behaviour. She thought about yesterday afternoon, sitting, once again, in her principal's office. She had been caught cheating on a test, and then proceeded to argue with her teacher about it, and ultimately was kicked out of class and sent to the principal's office. The principal wanted to call Meredith, but Leah begged her not to. She couldn't imagine the what the consequences would be of causing Meredith to be called away from work for the, what, third time in a few months? The principal wrote a detailed letter of Leah's behaviour, and decided to give her the chance to tell Meredith before meeting with her Monday. She had been too scared to tell Meredith last night, but was now desperate to get it over with.
Leah's train of thought was inturrupted by the front door opening, and then slamming shut behind Meredith, who appeared shortly after in the kitchen dressed in dark denim jeans, a fancy brown leather belt, and a black collared blouse. Her shoulder-length dark brown hair was wind-blown, her cheeks were rosy from the chilly morning, and she had a big smile on her face.
"Hey chicklet!" she exclaimed, coming into the kitchen, going right for the coffee pot.
"Hi" Leah responded, quite a bit less enthusiastically than Meredith. "How was work?"
"It was good," Meredith said, taking her cup of coffee to the island and sitting on a stool. "Holly brought her little baby Cait in for the first time. She's so much bigger than when we went to see her in the hospital, I can't believe it, she's huge! We should go visit soon"
"Can I talk to you about something?" Leah blurted out.
"Of course sweetie, what is it?" Meredith asked kindly. She looked up and noticed that Leah looked distraught. "What's wrong?"
"I....I don't want you to get mad and yell at me..." Leah said hesitantly. Meredith thought for a moment, and although anger began to build within her, she was able to control it. She knew that Leah did something she wasn't supposed to, but she wanted Leah to be able to talk to her without being afraid. So for the sake of their open relationship, she managed to stay calm.
"I won't yell at you sweetie" Meredith said.
"You don't even know what I'm going to say!" Leah exclaimed, as she grew more anxious.
"Tell ya what. I need some fruit and veggies. Why don't we walk down to the farmer's market and we can talk on the way."
"Okay" Leah agreed.
"Okay...let's go then" Meredith said, desperately wanting to stay in her warm kitchen drinking coffee, but wanting even more for Leah to be honest with her, and she thought that doing something casual like walking to the market would help.
They put their coats and scarves on and headed out. Even though it was only late October, the wind was biting and there was a present feeling of winter in the air. They started walking toward the market, and were both silent for a couple of minutes.
"So, what do you need to tell me?" Meredith asked, in her best non-accusatory tone.
"Well...I got in trouble at school yesterday" Leah said shyly.
"What happened?" Meredith asked...still being very calm.
"I cheated on my math test and got caught..." Leah said. Meredith didn't say anything for a minute, so Leah looked up at her. Meredith looked a little bit puzzled.
"Sweetie, why would you feel that you have to cheat? You know that I won't punish you for not doing well on a test. All I want is for you to do your best" Meredith said.
"I know I don't get in trouble for not doing well, but I do get in trouble for lying to you" Leah said.
"When did you lie to me?" Meredith asked, curiously.
"Wednesday and Thursday when I told you I was studying for my test I wasn't. I was on the computer playing games and talking to my friends" Leah said quietly. Meredith didn't respond, and when Leah noticed that she didn't look mad, she decided to continue. "So I wrote all of the equations on a little piece of paper and hid it under my test paper. My teacher noticed, and called me out into the hall. When she asked me about it I was rude to her, and when she said I was getting zero on my test I got mad and argued with her about it until she sent me to the principal's office" Leah stopped, afraid to look at her older sister.
"And then what happened?" Meredith asked.
"Mrs. Berkley said that she was going to call you and have you pick me up, but I asked her not to" Leah said.
"Why'd you ask her not to sweetie?"
"Because I knew you'd be mad that you had to leave work because I was in trouble again. I wanted to tell you myself" Leah said. Meredith put her arm around her sister and pulled her closer as they walked.
"You're so brave for telling me the truth Leah, I really appreciate your honesty" Meredith said as she gently rubbed Leah's shoulder she was holding. "Ya know, sometimes we get ourselves into trouble because we don't think things through enough, but the more important thing is how we deal with our mistakes, and you did the right thing today, telling me the truth. I'm really proud of you. I know it wasn't easy for you to do...but it was the responsible way to handle the situation"
"So you're not mad?" Leah asked hopefully.
"Yes, I'm mad Leah, you don't cheat! You know it's wrong. And we've talked about lying several times in the recent past and you know that I won't tolerate it" Meredith said gently. "And you know not to talk to your teacher disrespectfully. You know not to argue with her" Meredith continued.
"I know" Leah said.
"So what's it gonna take for you to understand what I'm saying to you? Why do you keep doing these things that you know better than to do. You're such a wonderful girl, and I love you more than anything. But sometimes you do these things that you know you aren't allowed to do" Meredith chided.
"I'm trying to be better" Leah said, a single tear excaping and rolling down her cheek.
"I know you are honey. I'm not trying to be mean, I just want you to be good. You've been so good lately, and I've been so proud of you, don't get me wrong. But things like this are inexcusable" Meredith said.
"I know, I'm sorry" Leah responded.
"So, what's your punishment from the principal?" Meredith asked.
"I don't know yet, she wrote you a letter. It's at home. She wants to meet with you on Monday. My teacher made me write lines for the rest of class"
"Okay. I'll look at the letter when we get home and we'll decide what to do about this" Meredith said.
They reached the market and shopped for a while, deciding what to have for dinner and buying the necessary produce. Meredith joked with Leah, as she always did, wanting to maintain a positive attitude for as long as possible. They finished their shopping, and walked home quickly, eager to get out of the cold wind.
Opening the heavy front door, they stepped inside, took off their coats and shoes, and proceeded into the kitchen to put their food away. As always, Meredith washed everything she bought so it would be ready to use when she wanted it, and Leah voluntarily helped her today. They talked more about respect and honesty, and once they were finished Meredith asked Leah to bring her the letter.
Leah ran upstairs and retrieved it, and brought it back down to Meredith, who was, as usual, sitting in the kitchen enjoying yet another cup of coffee. Meredith opened the envelope and slowly read the letter detailing Leah's behaviour. She finished, and looked up at Leah who was sitting across the table. Leah had been looking down, but when she felt Meredith's eyes on her she slowly looked up.
"You swore at your teacher?" she asked. Leah merely nodded. "I guess that means we'll have to make a trip to the bathroom to wash your mouth out with soap hmmmm?" she asked. Leah didn't say anything. "Well, Leah, I think I have to deal with this behaviour very seriously. You lied, cheated, and were very rude to your teacher. Don't get me wrong, I'm very happy that you told me everything, but that doesn't mean that everything else can go unpunished. Understand?"
"I understand" Leah said quietly, with a slight shake in her voice.
"Good. I'm going to spank you, I think you know that. But first let's go upstairs and deal with the swearing issue" Meredith said. She stood up and waited for Leah to get up, and then followed her upstairs to the spacious upstairs bathroom.
"Sit" Meredith said, pointing at the side of the large bathtub. Leah did. Meredith rooted around in the cupboard until she found a bar of soap, unwrapped it, and approached Leah. "Open please" she said, and Leah obediently opened her mouth. Meredith held the back of Leah's head with one hand, and used the other to grind the soap into her teeth and around her mouth. She then placed the entire bar in Leah's mouth and told her to hold it there. All the while Leah was making faces and trying to spit it out. When instructed to hold the bar in her mouth she stopped fighting and calmly accepted her fate. Meredith stepped back and leaned against the counter, crossed her arms, and looked at Leah, who was looking back at her with her teary big blue eyes.
"Ya know Leah, I want you to learn these lessons now so that you can be successful later on. Suppose you're working at a job and you don't agree with something your boss wants you to do and you get angry. You can't get mad and swear at them because you'll get fired. It won't be like this. Your boss won't make you write lines, and then all will be forgiven. You won't have a job anymore, and you might not be able to find another one for a while, and that wouldn't be good, would it? I'm just trying to help you sweetie. We all know that I'm a bit outspoken, and I've had my share of disagreements with people...even bosses. And after learning the hard way that losing your temper and lashing out at them doesn't work, I learned to discuss things rationally, which is what you need to learn to do. I've been there, I've done it. I want you to learn from my mistakes so that you can do better than I did" Meredith said. Leah nodded her head. "Alright" Meredith said, approaching Leah and taking the soap out of her mouth.
"Can I rinse, please?" Leah asked sweetly. It took everything Meredith had to tell her that she couldn't.
"Let's go, into my room" Meredith said. Leah stood up and Meredith led her out, down the hall, and into her room, where she closed the door. She sat down on her bed and Leah followed. She knew that what she had done was wrong, and wasn't about to fight her punishment. Meredith reached out and pulled Leah close. She undid the snap on Leah's jeans and quickly pulled them down, so that they bunched around her knees.
"Why don't you step right out of your jeans" Meredith said, and helped Leah as she obeyed.
Meredith then pulled Leah over her lap. Leah's upper body was resting on the bed. She didn't look back or struggle. She put her head down in her crossed arms and accepted her fate. Meredith wrapped her arm around Leah's waist and pulled her closer. She began to scold her and lecture about cheating and lying. She made it clear that she was disappointed in Leah's behaviour, which made Leah cry even before the spanking had begun.
Without any warning Meredith stopped scolding and sharply spanked Leah's baby blue panties. Leah gasped at the intensity of this first spank. Usually she started off lighter. Meredith continued spanking until she could see a blushing pink forming around the seams of Leah's panties. She then focussed on Leah's thighs, delivering a few well-placed spanks to each, which had Leah crying out in no time. Meredith then moved back to Leah's bottom and spanked her harder than she had before for a minute or so. She stopped, and helped Leah to stand up.
Thinking her punishment was over, Leah let out a sigh of relief, thinking that she definately got off easy. To her dismay, Meredith took her to the corner and told her not to move, and to think about her behaviour.
Meredith left the room and went into her office, looking for the hairbrush she was sure she left there after Leah's last spanking. She found it in a drawer and returned to her bedroom, hairbrush in hand. She sat back down.
"Come here please Leah" Meredith said, and Leah turned around. She slowly made her way to Meredith and allowed herself to be pulled once more over her sister's lap. Meredith scolder her a little more, and then hooked her fingers in the waistband of Leah's panties.
"No, Mere, don't!" Leah cried, grabbing onto her panties with her right hand.
Meredith took a deep breath. "Leah, move your hand right now" she said firmly. Leah didn't. "I'm serious Leah, you'll have to be punished again later if you don't move your hand right now" she insisted.
"But I want you to leave them up, please!"
"Absolutely not" Meredith said more harshly, tired of playing around. She pried Leah's hand away and held it at the small of her back. She then pinned Leah's legs between her own so that she couldn't move. Leah immediately started bawling, and Meredith saw no reason to prolong the painful (for both of them) ordeal. She lifted the hairbrush in the air and brought it down with a stinging thud to Leah's bare bottom. Leah hadn't actually seen the hairbrush and was taken off-guard by it.
"Nooo Mere, not that!" she cried. She couldn't really do anything about it as she was basically immobile, and realized this, which resulted in her intense sobs. Meredith spanked her bare bottom with the hairbrish in a sharp and fast rhythm. After her bottom began to turn a deep purple colour she forced herself to spank Leah's thighs, which she knew was bad enough with just her hand. She knew Leah hated it with the hairbrush especially and reserved it for "special" occasions such as this. She silently decided on six spanks per thigh, and did so in an alternating pattern. Leah could do nothing but scream out in pain, which broke Meredith's heart. She had to remind herself of the immense pain she was saving Leah in the future by inflicting this short-term pain now. She finished up with Leah's thighs and then stopped. She waited a moment for Leah to calm down a little, and then spoke.
"Leah, will we have to re-visit this subject again?"
"N...n...nooo" Leah blubbered.
"Good. I'm serious. Next time it'll be bent over the bed with my belt" she said, knowing that it was the most dreaded and feared of possible punishments. Leah nodded.
"I promise...I'll try harder" she said through her sobs.
"Good, that's what I want to hear" Meredith said, and finished with a few extra swats to each cheek.
She smoothed Leah's shirt back into place, as it had been pushed up throughout their struggles. She pulled her panties back up, and even though this made Leah cry out, and she knew it hurt her, she wanted to save her the embarassment, especially at this age, of being half-naked in front of her. Leah eventually calmed down and was able to be pulled up and leaned against Meredith.
"Again sweetie, thank you for telling me the truth. It was so much better to hear it from you than from someone else" Meredith said, not wanting Leah to think she had forgotten about that.
"I'm sorry Meredith. I swear, I'm trying, I just lose my temper sometimes. And I shouldn't have lied about studying. I'm so sorry about that"
"It's okay, I forgive you. When we go to talk to your principal Monday afternoon I'd also like you to apologize to your teacher. I'll come with you, and maybe we can set up a re-take test or something" Meredith said.
"That would be good, thanks" Leah said. Meredith held her for almost a half hour as they talked, both of them happy to have that over and done with.