This is a work of fiction, any resemblance to persons living, dead or otherwise is purely coincidental. The ideas and thoughts that follow are pure fantasies. In real life, at the very least they would be unpleasant and probably illegal. Fantasies are like that; daydreams where we can contemplate and imagine the sensations without suffering or inflicting the pain, despair or humiliation.
© obohobo 2013
I never cease to wonder how one simple typing error wrought so many changes in my life, not all of them pleasant especially in the beginning.
"Miss Croxley, do you realise the Chrome Spatial Heater sells for £649 not £64.90 as you state on the web page. I am sure it is a simple typo but with the automatic processing system we have already sold and despatched quite a number at that price and your mistake has cost the company thousands of pounds. Fortunately one of my staff spotted the error when the payments came through to this department and I've already instructed the webmaster to take the page down and stopped despatch of further orders until you have corrected the error. You will also have to contact the customers and apologise for the mistake but I doubt any will return the heaters or pay the extra. No doubt your boss will have a few words to say to you when he hears of the error," the angry voice of Marshall Kingsley, head of accounts, blasted into my phone. After altering the entry I sat for a short while with my head in my hands and contemplated my future with the company.
"What will Matthew Clarke the CEO do when he finds out? Will he dismiss me? If he does I will have difficulty in finding another job that pays as well as this, indeed I will find it difficult to get a job at all. Will he offer me the alternative? I'm sure he will delight in making it as painful as he can especially after my rejections of his dinner dates and sexual advances. That was some time ago now so perhaps he's forgotten about them. He still looks at me and speaks when he passes through this office and I answer cordially but without giving him any encouragement. Will he take my previous ten years unblemished record with the company into account before deciding on my sacking or punishment? Probably not; the cost to the company will have a greater impact on his decision especially if the accountancy department demands blood, as it well might." Cheryl Peyton, his secretary, summoning me to his office, interrupted my thoughts.
"Please sit down Miss Croxley." The formal greeting and the frown on his face didn't auger well for me. "I'm sure you know why I sent for you."
"Yes, Sir, I'm very sorry for the mistake. It was only a simple typing error..."
"But that should have been spotted and one that has, according to Mr. Kingsley, cost us at least ten thousand pounds and will generate much unpleasantness with of our customers when we try to recover the money." I hung my head and muttered another apology. "You, of course, know that for some years now since the new government came into power, the courts are allowed to offer corporal punishment as an alternative to prison and managers in businesses such as this, have similar powers, albeit only with the use of a strap and not the cane or whip criminals receive." I nodded. "As I'm sure you are aware, I don't evoke my right to chastise employees very often but with a error of this magnitude I must either punish you quite severely or send you home. The choice is yours, Miss Croxley."
"What do you call, 'quite severely', Sir," I asked quietly.
"Three dozen with the strap on the bare buttocks." I gasped at the number but he went on, "I assumed you would not want to lose your job so I have provisionally booked the punishment room in the basement for 4:30 on Friday when most workers here will have gone home. If you opt for the punishment, please confirm the booking with security and contact my secretary and arrange to fill in the necessary forms. Today is Wednesday, please let me have your decision before you leave tomorrow. That will be all Miss Croxley." With that he curtly indicated I should leave without giving me chance to plead for leniency.
For the rest of the afternoon, dealing with phone calls from disappointed and irate customers kept me busy and it wasn't until I sat on the bus home that I had a chance to contemplate my predicament. "Three dozen seems an awful lot for a simple mistake even if it did cost the firm a lot of money. I know managers can give up to fifty strokes but from what I've heard they rarely give more than twenty, half that is usual. I shall have to take the strapping though because I cannot afford to lose my job. Matt knew that when he booked the room. I'll just have to hope that he doesn't apply them harshly. Bit cruel of him to keep me waiting until Friday and making me confirm the booking but with the company finishing work at four o'clock of Fridays, there won't be many around to see me afterwards." Tears began to fall before I arrived at my destination.
"You realise that this is a legally binding document, Anne, and once you have signed it, there is no changing your mind and if you fail to turn up, it then becomes a police matter and they will take over your punishment. That will be far worse than the strap," Cheryl Peyton brought up the form on the computer in front of me when I visited her office the next morning.
"Yes, there's enough reports in the local papers on what happens to those that run away. The tag we have means they don't get far. Could you not persuade Mr. Clarke to reduce the number of strokes?"
"No, he was adamant on that. You could appeal to the Works Council but they have the power to increase the number of strokes as well as reduce them and with the ill feeling amongst the shop floor workers because your mistake will result in the reduction in their monthly bonus, not only will they take into account the loss of profit from the sales but add the loss, from the production lines being shut down for nearly two hours while accounts sorted the problem. I'm sure the wild rumours on the amount of their loss are exaggerated but that is what they will base their judgement on and I suggest you keep with Matt's decision."
I nodded my agreement and Cheryl continued with a little smirk; we had no real liking for each other, "Please read the form out loud so we know that you fully understand the conditions."
More humiliation. "I, Anne Beverley Croxley, agree to attend the Punishment Room in the basement of the Watkins and Willis building at 4:30 p.m. on Friday 12th June 2026 to receive 36 strokes of the standard strap for negligence in my work that caused considerable financial loss to the company. I further agree without undue fuss, to allow myself to be fastened naked to the restraining device and for Mr. Matthew Clarke, CEO Watkins and Willis to administer the punishment." There followed a privacy box that I ticked to say I didn't want digital recording of the punishment and a space for my electronic signature and another for Cheryl's. "Do I have to be completely naked?" I asked, "I thought I would only have to bare my bottom."
"Mr. Clarke insisted on that partly, he said, for personal reasons and partly for the extra humiliation it will cause and add to your punishment without adding further pain. I will attend as witness to ensure nothing improper occurs." Her smirk became a wide grin and I knew she enjoyed my discomfort and looked forward to seeing the strap colouring my bottom; seeing me thrashed and begging for mercy. After a long pause I signed the form and with much less reluctance, so did she.
I hardly slept Thursday night, my mind churning out imponderable questions, questions that could only be answered after my ordeal. "How bad will the strapping be? How will I fare afterwards and what reception will I get when I return to work on Monday? Will I be fit enough to work? What will Matt, in my thoughts I called him by his shortened name, think of my body?" Several times I stood in front of the wardrobe mirror and tried to imagine his thoughts as he appraised me. "For a thirty year old, she's not in bad shape. Decent sized tits, better now that I can see them and not the tantalising glimpses I get when peering over her desk. Quite dark nipples that go well with her curly dark hair and her bush and her roundish, elfish face, looks fresh with a minimal amount of makeup. Overall a little short but slim and no excess fat possibly because she is a vegetarian. She's obviously no virgin because she lived with Ken when she first came to work for us but they split up a couple of years back and I haven't heard of her having anyone since and yet she rejected my advances without giving a good reason. Wouldn't even agree to my taking her out to dinner. Maybe I'll give her a seven or even an eight out of ten. Certainly she isn't a glamour girl like Stella."
These thoughts led to my wondering about Matt. "He's five or six years older than me and much taller and broader but doesn't have a pot belly possibly because he cycles to work when the weather is decent even though he has a car. He's clean-shaven, still has a full head of brownish hair and usually treats those in his office, me included, fairly and kindly. He no longer has a wife. Stella picked up a sexual disease in Thailand and didn't report it until too late and not until she'd tried to get it treated out there. Doubt he wouldn't want me as a replacement though after the glamorous blonde Stella.
"What I should wear in the morning? I know by the time I go home my bottom will be very sore and swollen and I'll need something loose and easy to put on. Perhaps, for the first time in many months, I should wear a skirt instead of a suit to work and make sure I have enough credit tokens in my purse to get a taxi home rather than take the bus. They are always crowded at that time as everyone makes their way home and because of congestion and parking problems in years gone by, only a few of the upper echelon managers are permitted to have their own car." So my mind prattled on until nearly dawn I drifted into a disturbed sleep only to be awakened by the alarm.
Finally the fateful hour arrived and by arrangement I met with Mr. Clarke and Cheryl at their office and went with them to the basement room. I tried to be brave but a tear or two trickled down my cheeks as we made our way to the lift. Cheryl had a smirk on her face again but Matt looked apprehensive and worried. The previous two days passed in a daze and how I didn't make more mistakes, I don't really know but I know I checked and double-checked everything I did. A few of my colleagues commiserated with me and thought the punishment unjust, but others, particularly those in the production and packaging sections who lost two hours paid work when the lines were closed, thought I should get the full fifty.
Cheryl picked up the electronic passkey and the strap from security and waved the strap in front of my face until Matt abruptly stopped her. "Please undress ready for your punishment, Miss Croxley," Matt ordered quietly, "Remember you have to do it without undue fuss or you could gain extra strokes for violating your agreement." I didn't need reminding; I'd read and re-read my copy over the previous two days but turned my back on them and carefully folded my clothes on to a nearby table. All too soon it seemed, blushing profusely and hardly lifting my eyes from the floor, I had to turn and face them. Despite my predicament, I wondered if Matt would rate me a seven and if he compared me to his late wife.
"Lay yourself over the bench, please," Matt ordered.
The restraining devices, as the catalogues called them, were simplified plastic copies of an eighteenth century prison birching bench found in a London museum. The one before me, the first I'd seen for real, in profile resembled an upturned letter L with a well-rounded corner at the junction of the L. The foot firmly bolted to the floor ensured it wouldn't move however much the miscreant struggled. The width of about 700 mm made a table sufficiently wide for a large man to lie on without overhanging the sides, certainly more than wide enough for me, to be fastened immovably by Velcro straps at various points. I knew from the catalogues, fancier versions with leather padding were produced but the company had only purchased the cheaper, purely utilitarian one and I felt the sticking effect of the plastic on my sweaty skin when the straps were tightened across my back, and my spread thighs and ankles. Cheryl clasped my wrists together while Matt secured them in a wide plastic bracelet and pulled my arms forward before fastening them to the front of the bench. I shivered in anticipation of the first painful stroke.
"Please count loudly for me, Cheryl," Matt ordered his secretary. At least I wouldn't have to do that.
Zzzzzz CRACK! I felt the impact flatten the flesh of my buttocks and mini-seconds later the tremendous pain that followed. Vaguely I heard Cheryl call "One". Zzzzzz CRACK! "Two". Matt wasn't going easy with me. I cried out and screamed with the pain and pleaded for him to be gentle but to no avail. Zzzzzz CRACK! "Three". Zzzzzz CRACK! "Four". "This is definitely a revenge thrashing," I thought as at regular intervals the strap mercilessly pasted my bottom. After the eighteenth stroke, Matt paused and I hoped he'd finished but he only changed his position to the other side of me so both my buttock cheeks would be equally treated. My screaming, begging and pleading went unheeded but either I became used to the pain or Matt eased up towards the end. Zzzzzz CRACK! "Thirty-six last one." I lay sobbing on the device awaiting my release.
Gentle hands massaged my blistered bottom. They had to be Matt's; I could see Cheryl standing a little away and working on her tablet but although his hands were soothing I didn't want Matt taking liberties with me and protested. He ignored my protestations and being fastened down and helpless, I could do nothing to stop him.
"I've filled in the form and signed it as a witness, Matt, if you add your signature I'll send it to Human Resources to file and then get off home. I'll leave you to release her when you've finished playing with her bum." I almost panicked. Cheryl, much as I disliked her, intended to go and leave me alone with Matt. Strapped down and obscenely displayed, he could rape me. He did and later I learned Cheryl's leaving had been pre-planned. Shortly after hearing the door click shut, I heard the distinctive sound of a zip and felt Matt rub the head of his prick up and down my slit. Surprisingly to me, my juices were flowing and when he'd gathered sufficient moisture he thrust his prick into my vagina.
"No, Matt," I cried out knowing no one would hear or come to my rescue, "That's rape. You could go to prison for that."
"No I won't because you will not report it and by the way your cunt is reacting, you are enjoying it. This is what you really wanted when you snubbed me all those months ago but your ego didn't allow it." It wasn't what I wanted, at least not when I had no control over the situation, but he was partially right in that my cunt, to use his vulgar word, reacted by squeezing his prick and moving to the limited extent the fastenings allowed. Fortunately he came quickly and withdrew. "Thank you, Anne, I hope you got some enjoyment out of it too. Lie still for a little while longer while I put some cream on your arse." Again his gentle hands caressed my bottom, this time spreading a soothingly cool gel that relieved the pain to a limited amount. Anything was better than nothing. I dreaded moving because my bottom felt so swollen and tight, I thought it might burst.
Finally he released my bindings and helped me to stand and for a few minutes supported my shaking body. I found myself in the odd dichotomous position of not wanting the brute near me and wanting to feel his arms around me drawing me closely to his chest. Not since Ken left two years previously had a man hugged me. Eventually I could support myself and he brought a paper cup of water and gave me an analgesic pill. "Let's get you dressed now and I'll take you home. I brought the car today and it will save you the embarrassment of a bus or taxi ride," he offered. A further surprise in addition to his having brought salve and painkillers for me came when I saw a pillow on the car seat to give a little more protection to my sore bottom. He'd certainly thought about my suffering more than I expected.
"I know you are the CEO of this company, Sir, but raping a helpless girl could get you a prison sentence if she decides to complain and I would be forced to provide the evidence," the security man with Joe Harding embroidered on his shirt, remarked when we returned the key and the strap.