Written in response to the WL Christmas Challenge.
Brett bit his
lip as he rode Spirit into the yard. It was snowing and it was
get dark. Luckily the snow made things bright enough to see even
by the faint
twilight. He knew he was in big trouble. He hadn't let Jalen know
was going. He had slipped out on his chores to take a back road into
he could pick up the knife he had had made for him for Christmas. He
worked some hours in the smithy helping to shoe horses. Jalen had not
anything of it when he had asked permission to do that. He thought it
be a good experience for him to do so. Hugo O'Brian could use the help
now that the winter months were approaching he didn't have as much work
Brett. He did agree to make a special knife for him to give to Jalen as
Christmas present. It had an ivory hilt and Jalen's initials had been
into the handle. Brett grinned as he thought about the beautiful knife
please Jalen would be with it on Christmas morning. He was quite a
than he had planned. He had taken a back road he thought would lead
their home, but had gotten turned around a bit and gotten lost. Now
to face Jalen.
The Sheriff paced the kitchen watching out
the window from time to time for his
young outlaw. It was getting darker and
the snow was coming down a bit heavier.
He hadn't been happy to come home and
find the chores undone and No Brett. His
horse was gone. He hadn't said he
would be working this afternoon and so Jalen
had thought the young man was
here at home doing his chores like he was supposed
to, not gallivanting all
over the countryside in the snow in an still fairly
unfamiliar area. He was
getting more and more anxious, when he thought he heard
a noise in the yard.
When he saw it was his outlaw he rushed out to greet him
and hugged him
tight. "Where were you? I love you and you worried me. You are
in so much
returned his Sheriff's tight hug. "I didn't mean to worry you. I'd
I'd be gone for only a little while…" The young outlaw trailed off,
to admit he had hoped to get back before Jalen would know he had
even been gone.
He hadn't planned to get lost.
The Sheriff watched his
young outlaw's blue eyes and he said, "You didn't think
you'd get caught. If
I can guess correctly you thought you could sneak in and
out of town without
my knowin' and then I wouldn't be any the wiser." Jalen
shook his head. "No
gift is worth you riskin' your life my young outlaw." The
Brett looked into the still slightly worried green eyes.
"I didn't mean to worry
you; I only wanted to be able to surprise you on
Christmas." The younger man
Jalen sighed. "Yes, I know.
Let's go into the barn and we'll talk while you put
Spirit up. It's cold out
here and the barn will be much warmer."
Brett nodded and went with the
Jalen walked inside with the younger man, staying close. He had
been worried and
frightened when it had begun to grow dark and there had been
no sign of him in
the snow. He knew better than to go looking as any tracks
would be covered up by
the snow as it had been falling steadily and more
heavily in the last half hour
Once Brett had finished untacking
Spirit Jalen called the younger man to his
side. "Come sit next to me Brett."
He invited, patting the space next to him on
the bench outside the tack
Brett went over and sat down and immediately cuddled up close to
The Sheriff put an arm around him and pulled the younger man
up close and tight.
"I imagine you were a bit frightened out there as well?"
He asked softly.
Brett nodded. "Yes…I got turned around and was afraid I
wouldn't be able to find
the correct path home. I was able to figure it out
with Spirit's help." He told
Jalen. "Even though I knew I was in trouble I
was happy to see you come out of
the house and hug me tight." The young
Jalen smiled. "Well, I too was worried and frightened,
but I was also very
relieved to see you ride up into the yard. I love you kid
and I wouldn't want
anything bad to happen to you."
Brett nodded. "I
love you too Jalen."
The Sheriff nodded. "It's because I love you we need
to talk and I need to
correct you Brett."
The young outlaw wrinkled up
his nose at that pronouncement. "I know you love me
and can't we just leave
it like that?"
The Sheriff asked, "Would you be satisfied if I did that?
Would it take care of
your guilty feelings for makin' me worry?"
young outlaw sighed and said quietly, "No."
Jalen nodded. "Just as I
thought. Tell me my young outlaw, what rules did you
his lip. "Uhm…I left our home without tellin' you where I was goin',
finish my chores and you had to do them…and I was tryin' to be sneaky
lost which was scary for both of us."
Jalen nodded. "Yes, that's right."
He then in one swift move upended Brett. He
reached under him and unfastened
his jeans and slid them down along with his
underpants, baring his
Brett squeaked as he suddenly found himself in a now too familiar
"Jalen! please…don't spank me!" Brett begged.
his young partner's pleas. "I don't ever want to have to worry
safety like this again Brett Ashton Montgomery." Jalen said firmly and
with a pat to the bare mounds to warn of the impending spanking set his
to reddening the skin of the bottom over his lap.
Brett squirmed and
yelped as a particularly sore spot was spanked until there
wasn't a spot that
didn't burn like fire as Jalen's hard hand fell over and over
and then when
he was tipped forward he wailed like a small child as that hard
continued to fall on his more sensitive sitting area.
Jalen scolded as he
spanked a bit harder, "Goin' somewhere without tellin' me
young man. It will earn you a trip over my knee every time."
Jalen scolded as
he spanked the under curves.
Brett howled and Jalen proceeded to spank
the young outlaw's sit spots and
scolded, "Shirkin' your chores is also
against the rules. The animals depend on
us to care for them. They can't care
for themselves." He spanked hard.
Brett wailed once more as the sensitive
sit spots were set afire.
Jalen scolded once more. "Bein' sneaky and
deceitful is also unacceptable. I
know you wanted to surprise me and you
could have without breakin' all the
rules." He told Brett.
sobbing by now and promising, "I-I won't anymore! I promise!"
finished the spanking by targeting the under curves once more and
"You also came home when it was dark. You were lucky the snow was
the dyin' light, but it was also growin' heavier and you wouldn't
able to find your way…I love you too much to lose you to such a
as ridin' in this kind of weather!" Jalen made one more circuit of
bottom before stopping.
The young outlaw was kicking a bit and sobbing
his heart out as the Sheriff set
his backside on fire. He sobbed out his
apologies and promises to do better.
Jalen gathered the young man into
his arms and cuddled and rocked him making
sure nothing touched his sore
Brett sniffled and heard the rumble of Jalen's voice in his ear
as he quieted
and his crying turned into hitched breaths.
Jalen; I promise I won't do anythin' so foolish again." He
Jalen said softly, "I love you and you're forgiven." He cuddled
After a while Brett's hitched breaths even out and Jalen found
himself with an
armful of sleeping outlaw.
The Sheriff smiled down at
the sleeping young man and taking one of the clean
horse blankets hanging
nearby wrapped his young outlaw in it and carried him
back to the house, up
to their room and laid him carefully on the bed. There he
proceeded to strip
him and put him under the bedclothes. Getting undressed
himself he slipped
into bed with him and cuddled Brett through the night,
holding him snugly to
him even in slumber.
On Christmas morning when Brett presented him with
the knife Jalen kissed and
hugged his young outlaw. "I can see why you
thought all the trouble you got into
was worth this knife. It's beautiful and
I will treasure it forever." He told
his outlaw and gave the young man a
Brett returned it eagerly and they made sweet love on
the rug near the Christmas