Welcome to Saturday Spankings! I’m putting up excerpts from Cassie’s Influence, the fifth in the Cassie’s Space series.
Sue and Steve were enjoying their first Christmas season living at the river and Sue decided she wanted a tree, even though they rarely had in the past. She managed to picked out the largest one on the lot and get it home. The men, swearing they had never see a tree that size, decided it must be a redwood.
Steve, Tom and Ryan walked around the massive tree simply staring. Steve began again with mock gruffness. "Do you have any idea how hard it's going to be to get this thing up and ready to decorate?" I could tell Steve wasn't really upset at all.
"I'm not worried," Sue said, smiling. "I have total confidence in you three. Now you all just pop the tree up and we'll decorate it and then Allie will feed us."
Steve's eyes began twinkling and I could tell, sure as the world, he was hatching a plan. He studied all the people in the room, then asked Sue, "Do you trust Ryan?"
"Do I trust Ryan?" Sue repeated. "Yeah, I guess," she agreed suspiciously. "Why?"
"You have just handed us a mountain of work without even asking. Our plans were to come home from golfing and take a nice quiet nap. I think to pay for this tonight, you're going to get one swat for every time this little chore makes one of us cuss. Ryan can keep score."
"Hell, no!" Sue said at once. "That's not fair. You could cuss a blue streak just for meanness."
"I promise to try to restrain myself, but that's the price you're going to have to pay for getting this tree put up." I could see that Steve was clearly enjoying himself and I was too.
"Son-of-a-bitch," Sue muttered quietly. "Fine," she snapped. "Just get on with it."
"No problem, Ryan, what's the score so far?" Steve wanted to know.
"Two," Ryan answered gleefully.
"Two?" Sue yelled. "He hasn't cussed once yet. What the hell are you counting?"
"Three!" the rest of us all shouted together.
We were all laughing as Steve reiterated, "I said if this little chore made any of us cuss."
Sue looked like she wanted to bite someone. And before I could quit laughing, Allie piped up with, "Oh hell, that's too bad."
She surprised me, but never one to be left out I shook my head at Sue and said sadly, "Yes, it's a damn shame."
Intentionally or not, Cassie’s influence spreads. Sue’s marriage has improved through Cassie’s influence. However, when Sue’s marriage unexpectedly takes a turn for the worse, Sue pushes for the solution she feels will work, a solution that could put Cassie on a collision course with the ivory brush.
Allie and Ryan are both feeling influence from Cassie and Tom. Cassie doesn't mean to lead Allie astray - but Allie sees Cassie as a role model. Every adventure, old or new, captures Allie's attention, which increases her desire to be more like her mentor. But for better or worse, Ryan is just as determined to be like Tom.