Christine quietly tip toed up the outside steps leading to the front door of her parents' house. It was after midnight and she knew that if her father woke up he would be mad that she broke her curfew again. His voice rang in her head over and over "There is no reason a 17 year old girl should be out past midnight."
Somehow she had lost track of time again and had her friends drop her off two houses down so the car would not wake up anyone in her house. It was easy to lose track of time when she was out with her friends because it seemed like there was always a new boy that wanted to speak with her. Although Christine was smart and somewhat conservative her tan skin, dark hair and slim body attracted a lot of attention from the boys in her neighborhood. The fact that she was 5 foot 9 didn't hurt either.
The plan to sneak in without being noticed seemed to be working because the house was dark and quiet.
As she reached the top of the outside steps she pulled out her keys and slowly and quietly unlocked the door. The inside of the house was still dark and she snuck inside and planned to go up the stairs to her room after she closed the front door.
Just as she was closing the front door a light went on in the living room and she heard her father say "Christine...is that you?"
"Yes Daddy" she said back as softly and sweetly as she could. "I'm just heading upstairs to go to sleep."
"Hold on there missy" her father said in a stern voice. Her heart sank as she realized she would not be able to sweet talk her way of this one.
"I thought I told you that I wanted you home by midnight. By my watch it is half past 12 and you are 30 minutes late."
"I know Daddy but I was with friends and I just lost track of time" she pleaded.
"This is the second time this month that you broke your curfew and I told you the last time I'd tan your butt if you were late again. We need to clear the air right now."
"But Daddy Mommy is sleeping and so is Billy!" Christine couldn't think of anything more embarrasing than her punishment waking up her mother and brother.
"I don't care about that right now, you are going to learn not to be late again. Now get up to your room and wait for me to come up."
Christine slowly walked up to her room dreading what was coming.....
(to be continued)