Overhead by the Secretary: Punctuality

Disciplinary interviews should to be confidential, but Miss Drake hears all. (Dialogue only.)


“Good morning Mr Squires. How may I help you?”

“Has Miss Young arrived for work yet.”

“No Sir”

“Please tell her to report to my office as soon as she gets in”

“Of course, Sir.”


Knock, knock.

“Come in.”
“Ah Miss Young, please close the door.”
“Stand on front of my desk.”

“Erm, Sir I’m…”

“No, no please don’t speak. You are late for work again aren’t you?”

“Well, Sir the bus was late and…”

“Don’t make things worse by lying to me! Miss Green and Miss Cuthbert take the same bus as you and they were both here in plenty of time.”

“I’m sorry, Sir. I overslept. It won’t happen again and I’ll make up the time this evening.”

“It’s no use stating late. We missed three customer calls this morning because you weren’t at your desk. They will have taken their business elsewhere now. They won’t be calling us this evening will they?”

“No Sir, I am sorry. I promise it won’t happen again.”

“Well it’s happened six times in the last month.
I’ve contacted Human Resources and they agree that I would be within my rights to sack you immediately.
You can clear your desk and get the bus back home.”

“Oh please Mr Squires.
Please don’t sack me, I’ve just moved into my first flat. If I loose my job I’ll have to move back in with my dad.”

“What else do you expect?
If everyone was as lazy as you, I’d be out of business in weeks.”

“I do understand, Sir, but could you just let me off with a warning this time? Please?”

“What sort of example would that set?
I can’t just let you off with a stern talking to. That would be no punishment at all.”

“Well could you give me some other punishment instead of getting sacked?”

“Well, I haven’t used it for s long time but, I suppose corporal punishment could be an option.”

“What does that mean?”

“It’s an old fashioned method. It will uncomfortable and embarrassing but, we could consider it a final warning to improve your punctuality.

“Erm. Uncomfortable and embarrassing?”

“Very. But you can clear your desk if you prefer.”

” No… No, Sir. I need this job and I have been taking the p… I have been late a lot, so I will accept your punishment.”

“Ok. You need to step behind my desk.
Very good.
Now bend over my knee.”


“You heard me. I told you this was going to be uncomfortable and embarrassing. Now, get over my knee and stop wasting my time.”

“Yes Sir.
Is that okay?”

“Now pull up your skirt.”

“Yes Sir.”



“Don’t move.
This is just a warm up.
Twenty spanks to prepare you for your actual punishment”

“Twen… Ouch!”

Slap! Slap! Slap! Slap!

“Ow. Ow. Ow. Oh Sir!”

Smack! Smack! Smack! Smack! Smack!

“Oh Sir. That’s enough. Please. I think I’m properly warmed up now!”

” Not at all. We’re only half way there.”

“Spank! Spank! Spank! Spank! Spank!”

“Stop wriggling or I’ll start all over again, you silly girl.”

Whack! Whack! Whack! Whack! Whack!

“Dry those tears. I haven’t ever started on your punishment yet!”


“Now, stand up and go to the filing cabinet.”

Sniff, “Yes Sir.”

“Open the draw marked ‘P’ for punishment.”

“Y, yes Sir. What am I looking for?”

“Can you see the leather item with the wooden handle?
It’s called a paddle and it’s designed to improve the behaviour of lazy young ladies.”

“Are you going to use that… on me?”

“I am going to use it on your bottom. Twelve times. Unless you would prefer to be sacked.”


“More if you don’t hold still and count correctly.”

Sigh. “Well, I suppose I’ve come this far.”

“Bend over my desk. Skirt up again. Knickers off this time.”

“Knickers off?
Do I have to Sir?”

“Just get them off! They’re filthy anyway. I know you wore them all day yesterday!”
“Good. Now grip the far side of the desk and count each blow, out loud.”


Sigh, “One Sir.”


“Aaah, Two Sir.”

Thwack! Thwack!

“Ow, owwwww! Three. Four Sir.”


“Five Sir”

Thwack! “How many times have you been late for work this month?”

“Six Sir.”

Thwack! Thwack!

“Oowww! Oh Sir. Please. Seven. Eight.”

Thwack! “What time do we start work?”

“Nine Sir.”

Thwack! “And what time did you arrive today?”

“Ten Sir”


“Aaaah, Oh my God! Eleven Sir.”

“One more to come and it will be hardest.”

” No please Si…” Thwack! “Owwwwwww!”
“Twelve Sir.”


More panting.

“Now put the paddle back where you found it.”

“Yes Sir.”

“Very good. Do you have anything to say to me?”

“Yes Sir. I am sorry for my timekeeping. It will be better in future.”

“Anything else?”

“Erm, er… oh yes Sir. Thank you for not sacking me and letting me keep my job.”

“You don’t sound very grateful.
You do know that there is a traditional way for a young lady to thank her boss for his kindness, don’t you?”

“Error, no Sir. What would that be?” Giggle.

“Oh, I think a naughty girl like you knows exactly what I mean.”

More giggles. “Do you want me to…?”

“It is traditional.”

“Yes Sir.”

“On your knees then.”


“Ohhh, Sir. Mmmm, mmmm.”

“Oh, I can tell you’ve done that before, you really are a bad girl.”

“Gugg, gugg, slurp.”

“Oh yes, deeper, deeper, you need to take it all. ”

“Ugh. Ugh. Cough. Ugh”

Oh yes, that’s good. That’s good. That’s it. Yes, yes, yes. Swallow it all down now. We don’t want you getting that blouse dirty. Yesssss. That’s a good girl.”


“Lick it clean, like a good girl.”

“Yes Sirrrr.”

More panting.


Well consider that your final warning.
Straighten your skirt.
You can collect those smelly knickers at the end of the day. I will e-mail new rules to make sure you wear clean underwear in the office from now on.
Do you understand?”

“Yes Sir.”

“Now get to work.”

Door opens. Miss young steps out.

“Are you okay?”

“Yes, Mr Squires was just explaining the importance of being on time.”



“Yes Mr Squires, how may I help you?”

“Is the Melville report ready for me yet, Miss Drake.”

“Not yet, Mr Squires. I should have ready for you this afternoon Sir.”

“It was due two days ago…”

“Yes Sir, it was.”

“So it’s late isn’t it?”

“Yes Mr Squires”

“Report to my office, Miss Drake.”

“Yes Sir. Right away Sir.”