I wrote this story several years ago, as a break from grading student papers. It's another of the "Janey and Michelle" stories. Hope you enjoy!
Cheaters Never Prosper
I stared at the paper. What was I supposed to do? Clearly, large chunks of it had been plagiarized. But I couldn't bear to face the facts. I put the paper down, and went back to checking my email. Maybe I could come up with a solution if I didn't think about it too hard.
"Hey, Michelle." Janey stuck her head in my study door. I looked up guiltily from the email. "All done with grading?"
"Well, no. I just needed a break."
"What's up? You said you were determined to get it finished with by tonight." Janey sounded peeved, but also concerned.
"Well...." I couldn't quite explain myself. Janey walked over and leaned on the desk.
"How many more?"
"About five. See, I got to this one right after I took my lunch break, and I haven't been able to read another one since. It just really bothers me."
"That bad, hunh? Or maybe it's so good, and you're dying of jealousy...."
"No. It's that it seems mostly lifted off the Web. And I can't decide what to do."
"Can't decide?! That's called plagiarism. The kid flunks."
"Well, but I called her, and she said she didn't mean to...."
"Didn't mean to... get caught," Janey snorted. Then she looked at me. "Wait! You're considering not flunking her?!"
"Well, I mean, it's a lot of pressure, and she might not have realized...." my words faltered off at the furious, disgusted look on Janey's face. "What?"
"It's people like you who allow cheating to go on. This kid was cheating, Michelle. It's not something you should let your students get away with."
"Well, I was going to have her write a new paper, and I'd drop the grade by two points."
"No. That's not acceptable. She cheated. She can't have the equivalent of an extension. Because I know perfectly well that students' grades get dropped by that much, if they were just two weeks late. You're going too easy on her."
"But Janey, I don't want her to hate me. If I flunk her, she'll hate me."
"And what about those other students? Is it really fair to them, if you let her get away with this? I know that most of them handed in rough drafts, and busted their butts to do well on this paper. I saw some of the kids in your class in the library until midnight last week. How about this one? She pops online, gets a few different sources, and thinks that will count? And now you're going to let her have a second chance? I don't think so."
"Well, if you put it like that.... But what if she is mean to me?"
"So what. Okay, let's go upstairs."
"What? I still need to do these papers."
"It's Wednesday, and you don't have to turn in grades until Monday. You're fine. Come upstairs. We need to have a.... talk."
My eyes bulged. We don't normally "play" on weeknights. Although, it wasn't a school night anymore. And it was earlier than usual, too. I logged off the computer and followed her upstairs. She motioned me ahead of her into my bedroom, and then shut the door firmly behind her.
"Now, we've got to talk about this whole cheating thing."
"What?! I didn't cheat!"
"But you were all set to think of a way to let someone else cheat. And that 's really worse, because you're in a position of authority. Look, Michelle, I know you feel guilty about flunking the student. So I'm going to let you have the punishment you want for doing it, and then you can do what you need to do in clear conscience."
"Okay." I still wasn't quite sure about it, but I was starting to feel less tense.
"Now, you know that cheating is wrong?" Janey took on her "teacher" persona, so I followed suit.
"Y-yes, ma'am." I hung my head, stared at my toes.
"And you know that cheating needs to be punished?" I nodded. "What was that?" she asked, sharply, "I didn't hear you."
"Yes, ma'am, it needs to be punished, but..."
"But nothing. This is a serious offense. You'll get a firm handspanking over your..." Janey broke character. "Hey, have you ever considered a school uniform?"
"No! Absolutely not!"
"Okay," Janey sighed, and got back into character. "A firm handspanking over your pants. Then we'll pull down the pants, and it will be the ruler over your underpants. And then those will come down, and you'll get the strap on your bare bottom." I nodded, back in character myself. "Okay, assume the position." I leaned over the edge of the bed. Janey didn't walk over.
"What now?" I asked.
"Let's go downstairs. I've got a good idea for how this can play out."
"Where downstairs?" I asked, suspiciously.
"Your study. It'll be nice and private. Besides, it's what I have in mind. You wait up here for five minutes, and then come on down."
"Geeze, Janey, get me all set up, and then call it off? This isn't funny."
"Just you wait, Missy, this is going to be better this way."
I sat down on the bed. Four minutes later, I went downstairs, and jotted a note to the housemates on the white board: Playing in study, all is well, don't interrupt, -Michelle.
I opened the study door slowly, to find that Janey had tidied things away enough to give a semblance of order near the desk. She had twisted her hair up in a severe bun, and had found some bizarre reading glasses. It took me a few seconds to catch on that she meant to make this like a principal's office. Or, knowing Janey, like a headmistress's office.
"Well, young lady," she said sternly, and picked up a piece of paper from the desk. "This says that you were caught helping another student cheat."
All of a sudden, I started to get into the scene, and felt both nervous and aroused. "I wasn't really going to help her, ma'am," I protested.
"But you didn't stop her. This is a serious offense, don't you think?"
"The official policy requires suspension."
"But, but, I can't be suspended." My voice cracked just like there were a real danger.
"Okay. But you need to find out how serious this is. I think that corporal punishment would be in order."
I hung my head. "I've never been spanked. What will happen?"
Janey snorted, as herself, but quickly became the headmistress again. "You will lean over the desk. I will spank you firmly with the paddle until I feel like your bottom is warm enough. Then you will pull down your pants, and get a thorough spanking over your underpants, with the ruler. Then, just to make sure you're never going to allow this to happen again, you will get an even more thorough spanking with a strap, on your bare bottom. Do you understand?"
"Y-y-y-yes, ma'am. And I won't be suspended?"
"Not if you take your punishment well. Lean over the desk."
I walked over, wondering what she meant by "the paddle." Then I realized that she'd made a detour into the kitchen on her way to the study, and had a particular wooden spatula she's had her eye on since we last went to the kitchen store. It came in the package of wooden spoons, and, so far as I could figure out, was good for little but spanking. But I'd insisted that she buy her own spanking implements, and left the spatula in the utensil drawer. Clearly, Janey was getting bold.
Janey smacked my bottom with it repeatedly. It didn't do much, because it was too light, so she gave up on that pretty quickly. I had a suspicion she 'd use it the next time we started out playing in the kitchen, and I had nothing on but a bathrobe, though. Well, presuming the curtains were drawn, and my housemates were out! Hopefully..
"That's enough of that. Take down your pants."
I complied. SMACK!! The ruler crashed down on my bottom. We played with the ruler often enough that both of us were familiar with its impact. SMACK!!! Janey was making up for the failure of the paddle. My bottom started to get warmed up. "What happens to cheaters, miss?"
SMACK!! SMACK!! SMACKK!!! "Well?" Janey panted.
"They get punished," I responded. She gave five more smacks with the ruler, then put it down on the desk.
"Let that be a lesson. Pull down your underpants."
I found myself getting very much in character. I held on to my underpants, and started to beg. "Please, ma'am, I'm sorry. I've learned my lesson. I promise. Please, don't spank me. Please. I'll be good. I promise."
"Begging won't get you out of this. Pull down your underpants, or I'll give you five more with the ruler, and we'll try again."
I pulled down my underpants. Janey stood to my side, and doubled the strap that usually serves as the shoulder strap on her satchel. I knew from experience that it hurt, but it wasn't unbearable. The leather thudded into my bare bottom. I wiggled, but Janey wasn't even bothering to lecture. She balanced one hand firmly in the center of my back and continued spanking me.
She put down the strap, and said, "Pull up your pants. I want you to go sit on that chair while I write a note for your parent or guardian to sign when you get home." I looked at her, trying to figure out what she was up to. I sat gingerly on the chair she'd indicated.
She handed me the note, and whispered, "Kitchen, in about a minute."
I sat and counted out the minute. When I went into the kitchen, Janey had changed her hair back closer to its usual style, and was mucking about with dishes. "Hi," I said, trying to figure out what was going on.
"Hi, sweetie. How was school?"
I blushed. "Well...." She raised an eyebrow. I handed her the note.
She read it. "Oh. I see. Go upstairs to your room."
I turned to go up, and she was right behind me.
"What have I told you about school?" she asked, sounding play-furious.
"Um, to be a good student?" I guessed.
"I have told you, over and over, that if you ever get punished at school, you can expect more of the same as soon as you get home. I guess you'd forgotten all about that, hadn't you, Michelle?"
"Well, no, but..."
"No buts about it." Janey sat down on the chair I usually use to pile my clothes on. She patted her lap. I went to lay across it. "Bare bottom," she snapped. I stood again, and pulled down my pants and underwear. Or I started to. All of a sudden, I was a little reluctant to get yet another smacking. "NOW!" she snapped.
I decided I didn't want to use my safe word, and pulled them down. "You may as well take them all the way off." I complied, and lay down over her lap. Janey began to smack my bottom. Her hand got harder and harder. I started to squirm. "Hold still!" I tried. The smacking went on. I wiggled. "Okay, you're nice and warm. Go get the hairbrush."
My stomach clenched. My bottom was burning already. She glared at me. I walked over to the nightstand. I walked back with the heavy, solid hairbrush. Then I stood in front of her. "Please, I'm really sorry. I really am. Please, don't spank me!"
"You should have thought of that sooner. Lean over. If you weren't smart enough to not stop cheating, well, I guess I'll have to teach you." She began to whack my bottom with the hairbrush. It really started to hurt.
"Cheating is serious. You need a serious punishment to teach you to never do it again," she said, and "Now I'll give you five more hard ones, just to remind you."
It wasn't the hardest she'd ever spanked me, but it did hurt a lot. She let me up. I stood in front of her, pants on the floor, bottom burning. "Okay," she said calmly, "Now, I want you to go downstairs and email that student. Let her know that she's failing." I couldn't tell whether this was Janey, or my "mother" speaking. I looked at her quizically.
"Look, Michelle, the sooner you do it, the better. I'll wait for you up here." I reached for my pants. "Don't bother with those. Just put on your robe. I'm sure you'll want the kind of comfort only your girlfriend can give you when you're done," she smirked.
I slipped on my bathrobe and went down to write the email. It was still uncomfortable. I sympathized with the student. I wondered how she'd cope with the failing grade. I wished I didn't have to do it. But then, I remembered Janey's comment about the other students. It certainly wasn't fair to them for this one student to get away with cheating. I sent her a firm email, including the number of lines in the first couple of pages that I'd easily found online. More than two thirds. I started to get ticked off. I hit send. Then I went back upstairs.
"You did it?" Janey asked lazily, sprawled across my bed.
"Yeah. Thanks. I guess I just needed a reminder."
"Uhm-hm. Take off that robe." I complied. "Turn around." She had that girlfriend-commanding tone in her voice. I complied. "Oooh. You're going to have a few little bruises. I hope you don't mind."
"Well, gosh, Janey, now is a great time to ask, isn't it? No, I don't mind." Amazingly, I no longer felt the slightest bit guilty about having to fail the student. So I curled up in bed, to get the kind of comfort any good girl deserves when she's had to do something hard.