The mamak cane was gathering dust. I was a good girl, and I had great grades. I had to admit that the fear of having my bottom well spanked or caned was keeping me on the right track. There was also the shame at eighteen to have my short uniform skirt reveal reddened thighs as a punished little girl. I guessed that Wei my boyfriend, with his smart junior navy cadet uniform, would be embarrassed to hold hands with a punished school girl. I was as my chum Emma more and more like our Asian friends Lila and Isia, well behaved and hardworking.
On school days I am up at 7, and out the door at 8 to have a few minutes to spare before the assembly bell. Today I left earlier because the roads were wet from torrential monsoon rain during the night. I saw that the light was orange and should stop, but the road was wet. I was afraid of skidding. I rose above the saddle and whooshed thru the intersection.
I thought I had made it before the red light, but I heard a shrilling whistle. I braked and my bike skidded. It stopped skidding with hitting the curb, and I flew over the handlebar. I gently landed on the wet grass. I was helped up by a policewoman. "Young lady, you have ran a red light. May I have your identity card..."
She pressed a few keys onto some strange handheld device, and it printed a small ticket, which she gave me. "In a few days, your parents will receive a letter ordering them to pay a $200 fine. That fine will be accompanied with an appointment at your Juvenile Correction Center.
I was almost late for the morning assembly. My uniform dress was a mess, and I was sobbing. Our Supervisor came over and nicely asked, "What is it Amelia?"
"I got a ticket, sniff..."
I gave it to her, and she read, "Running a red light, $200 fine and JCC appointment in the mail."
"It was orange... sniff... I should have stopped... sniff... but the road was wet..."
I continued, "...my bike skidded... sniff... I flew over the handlebar and landed in wet grass... sniff... my knickers are wet..."
She told my friends to look after me. "Clean her dress and find some dry knickers for her to wear. I'll inform Miss Yew that you will be late."
They were very nice and 10 minutes later we were in class. Miss Yew repeated the start of the English grammar quiz for us.
Over the mid-morning break and lunch, I repeated the story of my misadventure for a few more friends. I also asked about the JCC.
"You will probably be caned or tawsed."
"They have several canes..."
"Considering your age, it will be a junior cane, similar to a mama cane, but whippier because longer. A mama cane is 40 to 50 cm and that junior cane will be 60 to 70 cm."
"Remember that it is her first appointment at the JCC."
"Yes, they will be lenient, but they will for sure give her a fiery bum!"
I wasn't too reassured.
Back home, Mum wasn't too happy. "$200!"
Poppa didn't care about the money, he was never concerned about money. He tried to be reassuring, "Your lovely buns will be decorated a day or two more than it would be with your mamak cane."
I still wasn't too reassured and hugged my teddy while waiting for sleep...
Amelia and Emma
To be continued...
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