Once upon a time there was a girl called Eliane. She was 12 at the time of our story. She read a book called "The Power Of Three", by Diana Wynne Jones. One of the main characters, Gair, gets into trouble for fighting with his cousin. His aunt wants him punished, and so we have the setting for a wonderfully atmospheric scene where Gair is waiting outside his father's room expecting to be punished. Grown up Eliane is a little sad she doesn't have the book to hand right now to quote from, as the scene continues with Gair being called into to his father's room, and made to stand facing the wall. He hears Gest, his father, removing his belt, lifting it above his head, and the whistle as it comes down.
And the thump as it hits the floor.
You see, Gest doesn't like Gair's aunt, and isn't about to take orders from her, so he refuses to punish Gair for real, but makes the sounds of a belting anyway to keep the peace in the family. This upsets Gair, as he feels that Gest, an acknowledged hero, is "cheating".
It certainly upset young Eliane, who was really getting worked up about this exciting scene, and was truly gutted to be cheated of the conclusion to it. This, ladies and gentlemen, is how you know you have a spanko child on your hands: when, instead of being glad that the protagonist is treated justly, they are gutted to be deprived of the detail of an actual spanking. What a little pervert I was :-)
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