"I'm ready," Leah said quietly from the kitchen doorway.
Meredith looked up from the newspaper to see Leah standing there, still looking a little flustered, seemingly ready to go.
"We don't have to go just yet...why don't ya come have some breakfast sweetie," Meredith suggested.
Leah shrugged and slowly walked into the kitchen. She looked around for a minute, unsure of what to do. She decided on toast. She put some bread in the toaster, and waited. It popped, and she spread some jam on it, still in silence. She put her toast on a plate, carried it over to the island, leaned up against it, and took a bite. They both ate in silence for several minutes, until Meredith became a little concerned. Her normally chatty, enthusiastic (even after a spanking), happy little Leah seemed a little off, even for being in so much trouble.
"You okay?" Meredith asked casually, turning around to face Leah.
"I'm fine," Leah said. She wasn't being rude or snippy, just quiet.
"You don't seem fine," Meredith said.
"I just...I wanna stay home," Leah whined. There was nothing worse than having to be around other people, especially her friends, after being spanked.
"Well...so do I," Meredith said.
"Let's then" Leah said with conviction.
"Leah, you know that isn't how it works. You have a responsibility to go over and clean up that house. Don't argue with me about it" Meredith warned.
"I really wish I hadn't gone out last night" Leah said, her eyes not moving from the spot on the floor she had chosen to stare at.
"Yeah?" Meredith asked sympathetically, with an air of "told ya so."
"Yeah." Leah said, still staring.
"Why's that sweetie?"
Leah took a deep, exhausted breath. "Well.....lots of reasons. I'm mad at myself for creating this whole situation. If I had just stayed home none of this would be happening" Leah started, tears forming in her eyes. "You and John wouldn't be mad at me, John's car wouldn't be ruined, I wouldn't be grounded.....and I wouldn't have to have a spanking with the belt" she whispered.
"I've told you this before, and I'll tell you again. We all make mistakes. It doesn't make you a bad person, and it certainly doesn't mean that John and I love you any less. It's important that you learn from your mistakes so that you don't make them again...which is why you have to be punished" Meredith explained. "It's not because we want you to be miserable for weeks on end, and it certainly is not because I enjoy spanking you. I don't, and you know that"
"I know" Leah said, wiping her eyes.
"We'll get through this" Meredith said, putting her hand on Leah's arm.
"Yeah" Leah said, not convinced.
"Why don't we go" Meredith said, anxious to get the day over with.
After a painful ride (for Leah's already sore bottom), they stood at the Smith's front door, waiting. A peppy Mrs. Smith opened the door.
"Good morning!" she sang.
"Oh...hi!" Meredith said, taken a little off guard.
"Come on in" she said, leading them into the house. "Alana and Sarah have already started cleaning up....their parents and I are just having coffee in the kitchen" she said.
Leah took this as her cue to go find her friends, happily leaving her sister with Mrs. Smith, secretly laughing a little at the fact that she finally found someone more bubbly than Meredith. Leah walked through the house and eventually found Sarah and Alana in the livingroom.
"Hi!" Leah said.
"Leah! You're alive!!" Sarah cried. Leah laughed.
"Yes! I'm still alive!" Leah said, still laughing. "And you guys?"
"Oh I'm fine....I'm just grounded" Sarah said. Typical. Sarah's parents were pretty easy-going.
Alana wasn't saying much. Sarah and Leah turned to see her cringing a little at she bent down to pick something up. Sarah didn't think anything of it, but Leah definately wondered whether or not Alana had received a spanking as well. She did seem like she was afraid of what would happen to her last night...maybe she should try to talk to her sometime...
The girls spent the better part of the morning chatting and cleaning. Leah's bottom still hurt quite a bit, but talking with her friends definately helped to take her mind off it. She even forgot about her impending spanking for a little while, which was a very welcome break for her worrying mind. This break was inturrupted in the mid-afternoon when the girls were called into the kitchen and told that they had done enough work.
Leah watched as Alana's aunt moved closer to her and put her hand on her shoulder. Alana flinched a little, and moved away. Leah thought this was a little bit strange, and made a note to send Alana an e-mail when she was at school the next day, just to try and get to know her a little. And maybe somehow found out if she was spanked as well.
As soon as they were out of the Smith's house and into the car, Leah's anxiety returned. Without the distraction of her friends, she was right back where she started- faced with the reality of a belt spanking, and the only person she was allowed to talk to was the one who would be giving the spanking.
"So when we get home I'd like you to go up to John's office...he left lots of filing for you to do" Meredith said.
"Today?!" Leah asked, surprised.
"Yes, today" Meredith said firmly.
"Can't I do it tomorrow?" Leah asked.
"Yes, you can do it tomorrow. But you're also doing it today" Meredith said, with the no-nonsense tone that she has worked so hard to master.
"Fine" Leah said, crossing her arms.
"Don't you dare start with the attitude, I'm in no mood to deal with that today" Meredith said.
"I said FINE!" Leah sassed, as they drove into the driveway.
"I would have thought that your bottom's sore enough, and that you wouldn't want to be in any more trouble than you're already in" Meredith said, turning to face Leah. "I guess I was wrong. You can go right inside, march yourself right up to my bedroom, and wait for me" Meredith said angrily. Leah opened the car door and ran inside as quickly as she could, slamming the front door behind her. Meredith turned the car off and rested her head on her steering wheel, taking several deep breaths to calm herself down.
Leah ran up the stairs and into Meredith's bedroom. Once inside she stopped and actually thought about the fact that she was now in even more trouble. Great. Meredith came up the stairs moments later, with the plan of giving Leah one more chance to comply, not wanting to spank her any more than was absolutely necessary. Leah was standing at the far end of the room looking out the large window into their backyard. It was sunny, and the snow was glittering. She thought about how, if she hadn't put herself in this position, she could have maybe gone skiing tomorrow. Meredith stormed into the room, went straight to Leah, grasped one of her arms, and spun her around to face her.
"I'm not playing games here Leah. I'm giving you one more chance. You can either get into John's office right this second and start working, or I'm giving you another spanking" Meredith said without flinching.
"I'll go file" Leah said as respectfully as she could.
"Good" Meredith said, letting go of Leah's arm. Leah rubbed her upper arm..it hurt where Meredith had been holding it so tightly. She looked up at her sister who was still looking sternly at her. Leah simply turned and left the room, going right into John's office. She sat down carefully on the big comfy office chair, and opened up the first file. Just as she started to sort its contents, Meredith appeared in the doorway.
"I want you in your room and ready for bed at 7. I'll bring your dinner up when it's ready" Meredith said without emotion, and left the room. Leah rubbed her arm one last time, and set to work on her filing, fearful of the consequences of not doing just that.
After 5 long hours of boredom and monotany, Leah made her way into her bedroom. The knots that had been forming in her stomach all afternoon started to tighten and she felt a little bit sick. She was absolutely terrified of the belt. She could almost hear the slaps echoing as she took her clothes off and put her pajamas on. She shivered as her bare feet walked across the hardwood floor, making her way to her bed where she sat down to wait. Her hands clasped eachother, squeezing hard. Her feet tapped on the floor, and her heart was beating hard. This wasn't worth it...she was NEVER going to drink again. For real this time.
Meredith closed her laptop, stretched, and stepped down off of her comfy, warm bed. She went to her closet, opened the doors, and removed a belt that was never actually worn. It was thicker leather, and more plain than she would wear. It was kept for this purpose only. Meredith hated holding the belt. It made her feel like a bit of a monster. She knew what it was like to be in Leah's position; she had been there herself not all that long ago. But on the other hand, she knew that there was no other way.
She grabbed an empty box off her floor, left her room and slowly walked to the end of the hall, and knocked on Leah's door.
"Come in" was the quiet, scared reply. Meredith opened the door, went in, and shut it behind her. Leah was sitting there, ready for bed, staring up at her with a look of absolute terror in her eyes. Meredith sat next to her on her bed.
"Do you understand why you're in so much trouble?" Meredith asked calmly, almost kindly. Leah nodded her head yes. "Can you tell me?" Meredith asked.
"I already got into trouble for drinking before. I'm not allowed to, and I know that, but I was going to do it anyways. But I'm never going to again. I promise!"
"I'm going to make sure of that" Meredith said. "Look, Leah. Here's the thing..." Meredith put her arm around Leah. "I'm scared to death of losing you. If you keep doing things like this.........Leah, it's dangerous. You have to stop"
"I am going to stop...I'm never getting spanked with the belt again" Leah resolved.
"Well, I'm glad to hear that" Meredith responded, smiling at her cute sister. "After we're finished discussing this, you're going to bed. I'm taking your phone, your laptop, your DS, your magazines, and whatever else, and I'm putting them in this box. When you've earned them back, I'll give them back."
"But...what am I gonna do?" Leah asked.
"Well, you have plenty of filing to do. After that's done, I'm sure I can find something."
"Great" Leah said.
"Alright. So...seriously Leah, I don't ever want to deal with this again"
"I know, I'm sorry..." Leah said shakily.
"Stand up" Meredith ordered. Reluctantly, Leah complied. Meredith took hold of Leah's arm, and guided her to stand in front of her. Leah knew what was coming, and started to cry, covering her face with her hands.
"Leah, hands at your sides please" Meredith said. Leah took a breath and dropped her hands, sniffling back tears. Meredith slid Leah's pretty flowery pajama pants down, and then her panties. This made Leah cry harder, and her hands went back to cover her face.
"Leah!" Meredith snapped. "I want you to look at me" she ordered. Leah dropped her hands once again, and tried to look at her sister. "You are NOT going to do anything like this ever again, understand me?"
"Yes" Leah squeaked.
Meredith moved Leah to her side and guided her over her lap. She pressed down on her lower back with her left hand, and raised her right hand into the air, and quickly slapped it down onto Leah's slightly bruised bottom.
"Ow!" Leah cried, surprised at how much that one spank hurt. She didn't have any time to dwell on it, because Meredith didn't waste any time. She spanked Leah's bottom sharply and quickly, covering every small inch of it. Leah yelped at every spank, and when she couldn't take it anymore, she lost her composure.
"Owwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!! Stop...pleeeeaaasssssssssssssssseeee stop!" she cried, flinging her hand back and catching Meredith's wrist, clinging to it.
"Leah, let go" Meredith warned.
"I will....but please...please stop!" Leah cried.
"We're just getting started. Now...young lady, let go, or there will be consequences" Meredith said sternly. Leah's small hand slowly unclenched itself as she cried, and Meredith took hold of it and pinned it at the small of her back.
Leah knew that she was defeated. She couldn't compete with Meredith. There was nothing left for her to do other than cry her eyes out, and kick her feet to alieviate some of the sting.
Meredith didn't prolong the process. She spanked Leah's bottom hard, and when it started to colour a little purplish, she stopped.
"Now, I want you to stand up, and bend over your bed" Meredith said, helping Leah to stand up.
"Please, please don't use the belt Mere...please!" Leah begged, her sweet tear-streaked face looking at Meredith.
"Leah, you knew exactly what the consequences of your actions would be, and you made the choice to do it anyways. This was your choice, not mine" she said, gently encouraging Leah over the bed. Leah knew that she couldn't talk Meredith out of this, and cried harder, scared of what was coming. Once she was laying at the end of her bed, Meredith picked up the belt, and doubled it in her hand. She pressed down on Leah's back with her free hand, and swung the belt hard. Leah felt the surface sting that comes with leather first, and then the burn that imprints itself into the skin.
"AHHH!!!!" Leah cried at the first spank, and broke down in tears again. She gripped big chunks of her bedspread to stop herself from reaching back. Meredith tapped the belt a little bit lower, then delivered a hard spank to the same spot. She worked her way down Leah's bottom, not missing a single spot. Just as she got to the top of Leah's thighs, Leah started to stuggle to get away. The spanks on her bottom were too much already. She didn't think she could handle them on her thighs too.
"Leah, stop" Meredith said calmly.
"You have to stop...please!" Leah pleaded.
"I'm almost finished. If you don't stop right now, I'll be starting over" Meredith said. Almost the second she said that Leah stopped moving around. She knew Meredith was serious. "Thank you" Meredith said, tapping the belt on the top of Leah's right thigh. When the belt slapped down, Leah screamed. This was her reaction each of the 8 times the belt spanked her thighs, and she was sure she was going to die. Meredith gave Leah a couple more strokes on her bottom, and then laid the belt down on the bed.
Leah was crying almost uncontrollably. Meredith sat down next to her and stroked her hair. After a couple of minutes, Leah stopped crying loudly.
"I LOVE you, Leah" Meredith said, helping Leah up. Leah laid down on her side, and rested her head in Meredith's lap. Meredith covered her up with a blanket, and held her as she cried.