"This is going to hurt me more than it does you."
The next day Tommy showed his friends the welts. They all paid the promised dollar. Nobody had believed how tough his old man was. He couldn't wait to show Roberta after school. She paid much better than money.
Sue Ellis is a retired postmaster who lives with her husband in Spokane, Washington. She has been previously published in Dead Mule, Pen Pricks, and Flash Me Magazine, which nominated her for a Pushcart Prize. She is a member of the Internet Writing Workshop.