Jade tapped her pencil impatiently on the desk where she sat. She’d started attending a tutoring course twice a week, and today she was the only student there. It made her feel even more resentful of the extra work than usual, especially now with the days finally getting longer. All she wanted was to be outside.
”I can’t do it,” she said aloud to Emma, the girl who ran the program. Since Jade was the only one here, the other tutors had been sent home. Unfortunately, that meant Emma was getting the brunt of Jade’s agitation. She walked over and leaned down to look at the problem.
”Where are you stuck?” she asked. Usually Emma seemed warm and friendly, but today she seemed curt. Jade wanted to see her lose her composure, just once.
”All of it,” she said, waving her hand over the page, a vague indication that the problem lie therein.
”Okay, well, I can’t help you if you can’t explain to me what you don’t understand here.”
“If I could explain it, I wouldn’t be here in the first place,” Jade said smartly.
Emma took a deep breath, as if she was summoning her patience. Jade smirked, deriving a small sense of accomplishment from Emma’s now-audible exasperation. She was usually so patient and smiley that it annoyed Jade just on principle.
Emma took notice of Jade’s amusement.
“Yes, failing your classes is hilarious,” said Emma, barely containing an eye roll.
”I’m not failing!” shot back Jade. “Maybe my grades would be higher if I had a better tutor.”
”Maybe your tutor would be better if this wasn’t a waste of her time!” Emma replied defensively. She saw the words hit Jade, and her mouth fell open. “I didn’t mean like you can’t do it at all! I just meant because today…”
“I don’t think it matters what you meant. I think it matters what you said,” came a voice from the door. Jade looked up and saw Dr. Kendrick standing in the classroom entrance, arms crossed and eyes laser focused on Emma. Jade looked at the other girl, confused by what was happening and why her professor was here at all.
”Hi,” Emma said faintly.
”Hi,” Dr. Kendrick said evenly, then he looked at Jade and said, “Hi, Jade, how are you?”
”Fine, thanks,” she said awkwardly, slouching in her seat. She looked up at Emma, who was chewing on her lip. She seemed to feel Jade’s gaze, because she looked down and said “Sorry.”
Despite her clear anxiety about the professor hearing her snap, Emma didn’t seem that sorry to Jade. Or not as sorry as Jade wanted her to be. Really though, Jade was just mad she had lost the game. She had wanted Emma to lose her cool, but she’d shown her own emotions, too.
”Alright, whatever,” she said, closing her book. “I’ll be back for the next one.”
She knew she wasn’t going to be able to concentrate now, plus the tension in the room was giving her anxiety.
”Okay,” said Emma, sounding nothing like her usual bubbly self. “Sorry again.”
”It’s fine,” Jade said, ready to be gone. “Bye,” she said to Dr. Kendrick as she walked past him and out the door. He nodded at her and entered the room as she left. She stopped just outside the classroom and squatted down, opening her backpack. It was a mess of papers and folders, but she wanted to stuff her math book in there, too. She began to rearrange.
”What was that about, young lady?”
Jade almost jumped out of her skin. She looked around, but was still alone in the hallway. It had sounded like Dr. Kendrick was standing over her, but it was some trick of the old building’s acoustics.
Before she could contemplate the phenomenon further, she heard Emma’s voice. “I didn’t mean to be rude, she was just pushing me the whole time she was here and it was frustrating!”
”That sounds like an excuse to me. I was coming to tell you that I’m going to be home late because we have a seminar tonight. But now I think we need to visit my office before you head out.”
Oh they’re together, Jade thought, her heart in her throat. And he was going to…
”I said I was sorry,” she heard Emma say, her voice quiet. Jade could still make out every word. She sounded pitiful.
She felt guilt creeping in on her; it didn’t seem like Dr. Kendrick was going to change his mind. She subconsciously rubbed her backside, remembering the ruler Lisa had used from his desk. And she had literally made it her mission to make little miss sunshine lose her temper.
”I haven’t seen many apologies less convincing than that one.”
”But she was—“
”We’re not talking about her, sweetheart. Let’s go, please.”
Jade’s heart jumped into her throat as she heard their footsteps approaching the hallway. She shoved her book into her bag, gathering the whole thing in her arms without zipping it and standing up.
It was too late. Dr. Kendrick stopped when he saw her and Emma walked into him. She turned and saw Jade, too, and jumped back, almost behind the professor. She looked as mortified as Jade felt.
”Jade,” he said, his voice clipped. “Did you forget something?”
”No, I… my backpack was full and I… I wasn’t trying to hear… I didn’t…” Jade fumbled and then blurted out, “I was picking at her the whole time. She only snapped because of me.”
Her professor looked as if he were about to say one thing, but reconsidered at the last second and said, “I’m sorry to hear that. I hope you’ll be nicer in the future.”
“But… so you shouldn’t…” Jade didn’t want to say it outright, but Dr. Kendrick didn’t let her continue.
”Thank you for your concern,” he said kindly but firmly. “I will see you in class.”
“Then I should come!” Jade said. “I should come, too.”
Dr. Kendrick eyed her appraisingly, while Emma shook her head almost violently behind him, her eyes wide.
Jade had déjà vu as the memory of a similar situation floated up in her brain. She hadn’t understood before what it felt like to be on this side of it. Now she did.
”I… I deserve it,” she finished lamely.
Dr. Kendrick and Emma seemed to have a quick wordless conversation, after which the professor turned to Jade. “Alright,” he said after a few more painfully silent seconds. “To my office.”
~ ~ ~
Jade awkwardly set her still open backpack on the floor out of the way, then stood next to Emma, who was standing on the sides of her feet, mid-fidget. She saw the wooden ruler jutting out of the same organizer as before, and she gave it withering look.
Dr. Kendrick stood behind his desk and crossed his arms. “Emma, I don’t expect you to lose your temper like that. You know better. And I’m not interested in the excuses. You had better options available than the one you took. And Jade,” he continued, “I don’t like hearing that you were purposefully trying to provoke Emma. She is here volunteering her time, when she could be anywhere else, to an organization in which she believes and from which you are benefiting.”
Jade felt the heat rising up her chest and neck. She felt about two feet tall, and she could tell Emma felt the same way. She should have just sucked it up, or at least gone home so Emma could leave, too. Instead she was back in this stupid office.
“Jade, are you sure you want to stay? If you do, I intend—“
”I know!” Jade said hurriedly. “I know.” She was blushing furiously but it was better than having him say it. “You met Lisa,” she added with a shrug.
Dr. Kendrick nodded thoughtfully and said, “I did. But as I was saying….” Emma groaned quietly in the short pause here… “Jade, you will find a corner while Emma receives her spanking.” He moved a straight back chair from said corner, scooting the larger cushioned chair away and placing this one in the middle of the room as he talked. “And then, since we agree that you have earned it— and please understand, I do believe you have— Emma will take your place in the corner and you will have a turn across my knee.“
Jade took a deep breath and forced herself to walk over to the corner. It was all she could do to prevent herself from running out the door. She put her hands in her pockets and leaned her head against the wall.
~ ~ ~
Emma couldn’t stop moving as she watched Danny set the chair down. It was the same one he’d sat upon the first time he’d spanked her, in the very same spot. Since then, she’d found herself on the receiving end of his discipline more times than she could count on two hands, and even a few times here in his office. This was the first time she was going back across his knee here, though.
And that girl from the program was here! Emma’s stomach was in knots. He’d actually told her about this student several weeks ago, confiding in her the unplanned meeting they’d had, and how he’d recommended Emma’s program. She couldn’t believe that Jade had come in here willingly. Then again, Emma herself had once made the decision to enter this office, even knowing what that would mean for her bottom. She also had deserved it.
And boy, did Jade deserve it this time. A wave of anger washed over Emma as she thought about the many comments the girl had made that afternoon. It had only been a matter of time before Emma snapped! It had been nice when Jade stuck up for her there at the end, but still. Wasn’t going to save her now.
Emma suddenly realized that she hadn’t been minding her features as she let her emotions rush through her. Danny was looking at her with a finger on his chin and his other arm across his middle, as if studying her. Crap, she thought. She wanted him to think she was subdued and sorry.
His arms fell to his sides as he sat down, reaching over to pull her gently to his left side and then guide her across his lap. She shifted, feeling the butterflies in her stomach swarm again. She knew that by the end of this, she would be genuinely subdued and sorry. Part of her was ready, knew that this angry feeling was, deep down, the real reason she was being spanked. She really hadn’t meant to insult Jade; she had meant that Jade was wasting her time that afternoon specifically. But her tone had been so spiteful and fed up that she had sounded very mean.
Part of Emma wanted to hang on to that feeling, to prove to Danny that her anger was bigger and scarier than whatever he was going to do to her. Not that this had ever been true in the past, but still… maybe this time.
He pulled up her dress, and she flushed but reminded herself that Jade was facing a corner and wouldn’t see anything. She would hear everything, of course, but Emma took the small comfort for what it was. She felt Danny rubbing her back with his right hand, tricking her body into relaxing. He ran his fingers through her hair and she pushed back a little into his touch. Quietly, he said, “Don’t make this more difficult than it has to be, young lady.”
She squirmed as she felt him disentangle his fingers from her hair and adjust her body slightly. The way he could read her mood…
Then his hand cracked down on her panty-clad bottom, and she lost her train of thought.
Even as the heat began to build in Emma’s hindquarters, as little squeaks slipped from her mouth, her mind also found space to wonder how she kept finding herself with company. She couldn’t decide if it made the spanking more intimate or less. She kicked her feet a little. It definitely didn’t seem to make a difference to Danny; he spanked just as hard regardless.
Ugh, Danny. He hadn’t even started lecturing yet, which meant he planned to keep going for a while. She was already having a hard time staying still. At least Jade couldn’t see her wiggling. Jade was going to hear Danny scold her, though. Emma felt a little smaller when she thought about that. Maybe she didn’t mind waiting on that part after all.
Jade winced as she heard a particularly hard swat land. She was happy to have her nose in the corner for perhaps the first time ever. She was listening to her professor spank her tutor, and thought it should feel more awkward than it did. She guessed maybe she just had too many other emotions going on to make room for awkward though. Like nervousness. Like anticipation. Like guilt.
As if reading her thoughts, Professor Kendrick began to speak over the steady rise and fall of his palm. “Emma, I did not like what I heard in that classroom. And I did not like your attempt to pass the blame on to someone else.”
Jade blushed furiously in the corner. It was weird to be the “someone else.”
”I don’t expect you to put up with someone who is picking on you, which our friend in the corner has admitted she was doing.”
Jade closed her eyes. Heat was pouring out of the collar of her shirt.
”But you had options.”
He emphasized his words with swats that echoed in the small space. Next came a short pause and a quick shriek from Emma. Jade had a feeling she knew what had just happened. She self-consciously felt the thin line of her underwear beneath her jeans.
The spanking resumed. “An intelligent and resourceful young lady like yourself had multiple options. Tell me one of them.”
Without thinking, Jade let out a groan. To her horror, the room became suddenly silent. She pushed herself further into the corner and held her breath. She hadn’t meant to make any noises, but she hated answering questions during a spanking. She’d felt Emma’s pain.
”Jade, do you have something to add to this discussion?”
She shook her head, then felt the weight of the silence that followed and said aloud, “No thank you.”
”I beg your pardon?”
It took Jade a second to realize what he wanted; then she blushed and said “No, sir.” Several seconds ticked by while she worried that he would have more to say, followed by waves of relief and sympathy as he returned his attention to Emma.
A single swat landed, sharp and sudden, and Dr. Kendrick spoke over Emma’s yelp as if there had been no detour toward the girl in the corner. “I’m waiting.”
”I…” her voice had a strange quality, echoing off the floor before reaching Jade’s ears. “I could have been more patient.”
Jade heard him patting her bottom, and he said, “Maybe. But you are already very patient. You have a lot of self-control.”
Jade was so confused. As far as she could tell, Dr. Kendrick had just told Emma she hadn’t done anything wrong after all. She rocked up onto her toes in the corner, waiting anxiously to hear what Emma would come up with.
~ ~ ~
Emma knew what exactly Danny wanted but she didn’t like it and certainly didn’t want to say it aloud. He would have categorized today’s infraction as one of Emma’s “greatest hits,” which made her want to deny it even more. His hand came down sharply again on her now-bared backside, and she sucked in her breath. “I don’t know!” she said, frustrated, but that only earned her another hard swat. The same mood that had plagued her all afternoon pushed her now, and despite her screaming instincts, she doubled down. “Danny, I don’t know!”
Her spanking immediately resumed at this new level, which should have been predictable but surprised Emma anyway. She squealed and pushed her hands against Danny’s thigh, feet kicking just inches above the floor. Her stubbornness sat like a boulder in the pit of her stomach, large and hard and not as impervious to the elements as one might think. Slowly it eroded, shrinking until it was more bother than boulder, and Emma finally squeezed her eyes shut and said, “I know! I know Danny, I know.”
Instead of stopping or even slowing down, he moved his giant palm down to her sensitive sit-spots and the tops of her thighs. She shrieked, feeling the last ball of resistance crumble. He seemed to feel it slip away, and finally he did slow and then stop spanking her. When the room was quiet except for Emma’s ragged breathing, he said “Then tell me.”
“I should have gone home. I should have let one of the other volunteers stay and be in charge instead of trying to do everything.”
She said it all in one big breath, then left her lungs empty for several seconds as she waited for Danny to accept her answer. She knew it was right, knew it was what he wanted to hear, but couldn’t ignore the throbbing of her bottom now and it made her cautious. When she felt the muscles of Danny’s legs shift beneath her, she finally sucked in air and relaxed. Moments later she was sitting in his lap, hot bottom dangling between his knees, as he told her how proud he was of her for the many things she had accomplished but also for so much more. She flushed at the praise and buried her face in neck, enjoying the contact before it was her turn in the corner.
~ ~ ~
Jade only heard mumbling at the end, as she shifted nervously from foot to foot. She was restless and ready to be anywhere else, but the only path out sounded awfully grim. She had, of course, contemplated the door several times, but she couldn’t see herself walking away scot-free even then. Her stubborn sense of justice wouldn’t permit it, for one, especially now that Emma had actually gone through with her punishment.
For another, she’d never be able to look at Dr. Kendrick again, and that wouldn’t go over well at home. A shiver ran down her spine as she thought about trying to tell Lisa she wasn’t attending class any more. Seemed like she was headed for a spanking one way or another, and at least this felt a little under control. Although really how was she going to look at Dr. Kendrick again anyway, after this? She glanced at the door once more, but this time she was interrupted by direct address.
“Jade, would you come here please?” Jade turned on the heel of her shoe, and found herself looking directly into the face of Emma, who had come to take her place in the corner. The other girl looked so pitiful that Jade almost threw her arms around her. “Sorry,” she mouthed. Emma walked past her after that, before Jade could mouth anything back, but she hoped the “Me, too” was evident on her face.
Now she looked up as she stepped next to her professor’s side. Eye contact with him was much different, and she couldn’t maintain it. Unlike Lisa, though, he didn’t make her try. Instead he said gently, “Are you usually spanked over jeans?”
Jade thought her heart would beat out of her chest, but she shook her head once, then undid the buttons and shoved her jeans down before she could think about it. Dr. Kendrick gave an approving nod, and then gestured at his waiting lap. Again, before she could think about it, she threw herself over.
She wasn’t as uncomfortable as she thought she would be, even knowing that she was about to be punished. She and Dr. Kendrick had spent a decent amount of time together outside of class; he had taken on the role of her unofficial advisor. And he and Lisa seemed to be forming a friendship as well, having found overlaps beyond both being educators. So Jade felt… safe. And that was very important.
It didn’t stop her from jumping when Dr. Kendrick patted her bottom; she tightened her grip on the rung of the chair as he began to speak.
“It has been a privilege to get to know you over the last several months, Jade, and I am looking forward to seeing you again this semester. This also means my expectations have increased, as I have seen what a quality person you are. Are you proud of the way you acted today?”
“No sir,” Jade said stiffly. Unlike Emma, there was no trace of stubbornness in Jade. She had spent too much time in the corner, and besides that, she usually got her rebellion out early. By the time she was actually facing the consequences, Jade was usually already very sorry.
“I wouldn’t think so. You are better than that.” Without further lecturing, Jade felt the warmth of Dr. Kendrick’s hand lift from her underwear and then descend again. Stoic wasn’t in the cards for Jade, and she wiggled back and forth as he spanked her. Regret washed over her as she thought about how silly today had been, what a waste. Maybe Emma should have left, but Jade should have made the same choice. She wasn’t any further along in her studies than she had been an hour ago, and now she had an increasingly sore backside for her troubles.
She kicked at the ugly linoleum tiles, knuckles taught as she squeezed the chair rung tightly. In the corner, she thought she’d worried plenty about whether she’d get a spanking as bad as Emma’s, and then worrying that she wouldn’t, and then wondering what was fair. Now, she worried about nothing except the swats as they fell; she was learning that the worst spanking was always the one you were getting right that second.
When it finally ended, Jade was only sure that she had been thoroughly chastised. Her bottom felt too big for her jeans when she was allowed to pull them back up, and she was sure she’d be able to find individual hand prints on her bottom when she later checked the mirror. She welcomed the hug Dr. Kendrick offered, though she took her cuddles standing.
Emma didn’t wait to be called from the corner, instead turning and flinging her arms around Jade the moment she stepped out of Dr. Kendrick’s embrace. Jade was taken aback, but relaxed into the second hug immediately. She herself might not be so free with her emotions, but she appreciated being around those who were. She smiled when they parted, and said “Thank you. And sorry.”
“I’m sorry, too. You are really great and we should hang out sometime when it doesn’t involve numbers and mean professors.” Jade saw her wink at their common enemy over her shoulder and grinned when she saw him smiling. too.
“Yeah, we should. I would like that,” she replied.