Practice Makes Perfect
At the end of my freshman year, I was granted permission to be in the
advanced orchestra the next year under the condition that I practiced
hard over the summer and got private lessons. Well, I did half of
what I agreed to. I practiced every night, literally, until the tips
of my fingers were numb and I couldn’t press down on the strings
anymore. I mean, what else did I have to do? I learned all these
tricky rhythms. After all, it was nifty for a sophomore to be in the
advanced orchestra, since most of the people in there were juniors
and seniors who had played their instruments their entire lives.
The year began before I knew it and I was filled with anxiety and
excitement about the new year. That was the year that my teacher
decided to do a new thing. She told us that we were going to buddy
up, preferrably juniors and seniors would be paired with the
lowerclassmen, but since there weren’t very many of us, it wouldn’t
be so possible. She told us that the person we would be paired with
would kind of like a guide. They would let us know what we needed to
practice and help us out with some tricky stuff. She paired us in
the order of chairs we were in. There were 6 people in my section.
I was fourth chair, which I was very pleased about. I was paired
with the guy who sat in the first chair, our section leader. His
name was Jeremy and he was a senior that grinned a lot and wore baggy
jeans and T-shirts and had semi-long hair that fell down to his
nose. It seemed as if everybody in the orchestra knew him well from
his great sense of humor and awesome personality. Apparently, I was
lucky to be paired with him. My friends told me so themselves.
Thus, the year began.
The beginning was easy. We practiced on the music to try out for
allstate and played a couple of songs that weren’t too hard. It
wasn’t until after allstate tryouts that I started having trouble
playing. I wanted to cry sometimes because I couldn’t play the
music. Whenever Jeremy and I were in the practice rooms as once a
week we were assigned to, I felt bad because he played so well and I
couldn’t do it. But he was always nice about it. He never insulted
me, just showed me how to play it, told me where my fingers went, and
played it over and over to drill the sound in my head.
“I can’t do it,” I whined one particular day.
“Sure you can. Look, just take it slowly.” He played the measures
slowly then invited me to do with him, but it was futile. I couldn’t
do it. We worked and worked and worked on that song until I felt the
light of inspiration on me. He grinned widely and I was so happy
that I finally got the song down that I jumped up and down for a
moment and then we played the whole song, and I only messed up once
or twice! It was so nifty. “Told ya that you could do it,” he said,
punching me playfully and looking at his watch. “Holy shit!” he
“What?” I said.
“It’s 4:15. We must’ve missed the bell ring. How come nobody told
us!” he said, immediately putting his instrument in his case while I
stood there in utter shock.
“It’s 4:15?” I asked, my heart racing inside of me. Orchestra was
the last class of the day and it was over at 3:30 and I caught the
bus and… “But that means that I missed my bus..” I stammered.
He closed his case. “Missed your bus? Oh yeah. Forgot you were a
sophomore,” he said, smacking himself on the head.
I, on the other hand was panicking. “How am I going to get home!” I
muttered, wanting to throw my own instrument down on the ground and
watch it smash into pieces.
“Hey hey now, it’s okay, little one,” he said, patting my
head. “Where do you live?”
I pointed. “That way.”
“That tells me a lot.” He took my instrument from me and placed it
in its case then said, “I’ll give you a ride home if you promise me
that you’ll practice the other song and have it perfected by next
“But I can’t..”
“Fine, you can walk.”
I gave him an evil look. “Fine, fine. I’ll practice. It’ll be
perfect. You don’t mind giving me a ride?” I said, the excitement
welling up inside of me. The only thing I could think was that this
hott senior guy was giving me a ride home!
“No, it’s no problem. As long as you don’t live too far away.”
“I don’t,” I said, explaining to him where my neighborhood was.
“Oh, that’s awesome,” he said. “That’s by where I live.” He handed
me my case then opened the door for me leading me out of the practice
room and through the small hallway, then the classroom, and finally
the outside hallway where our lockers were. I shoved my instrument
into the locker and slammed the door shut. He then lead me outside
into the bright sunlight where only a few students still mingled
around outside. He stopped and talked to a few of them, introducing
me as his “sophomore buddy” and then we approached a blue car. My
mouth dropped. It was a really nice car. I didn’t know what kind it
was, didn’t really care. He unlocked the doors with his automatic
control thingy and I hopped inside and sat down on the tan leather.
I oooed to myself as he cranked the engine and the loud music blared
in my ears.
“Sorry,” he said. “I jammed on the way to school.” He turned it
down a little and I noticed that it was a band I liked a lot. We
didn’t talk much of the ride. Every now and then he’d make sure he
was going the right way, ask me about my classes, and once he asked
me if I took private lessons.
“No,” I replied.
“Why not? With a little of those, you could be great!” he said.
I shrugged. “I don’t want to, I guess.”
I rolled my eyes. “I dunno. I don’t have the money, or the time..”
but both of us knew I was just making up excuses. “Besides, the last
teacher I had was bitchy.”
“Ahhh,” he said, nodding.
“That’s the house,” I said, pointing.
“Well hey,” he said, pulling into the driveway, “I’d be happy to give
you some lessons, and it’s fine with me if you don’t pay me. I mean,
you know, it’d be more logical seeing as I don’t have a degree in
teaching. But maybe you could do that and next year you’ll be first
I smiled. “Maybe,” I said, bringing myself back to reality.
“Just think about it.”
I nodded and got out of the car.
“See ya later!” he said.
The entire night I thought about what Jeremy had said. I mean,
honestly, he and I didn’t know each other that well, and it was kind
of strange being taught private lessons by someone who was only two
years older than me. But he was really good at what he did, and
maybe he could help me a little. I decided if he brought it up I’d
go for it, and silently prayed that night that he’d bring it up.
And sure enough he did. We decided on a day that would be good for
both of us and we stayed after school to work on the music that we’d
gotten. And I improved tremendously. Not only did Jeremy recognize
it, but so did my teacher. And the rest of the people in my
section. The cool part was that midterms were coming up and with the
beginning of a new semester comes new seating arrangements, and if I
kept up the good work I was sure to make first or second chair,
according to Jeremy. I didn’t see how I could manage to make first
chair seeing as Jeremy was my teacher, but it didn’t matter. The
thought of being second chair and sitting right next to him all the
time was a very nice thought. My crush on him was growing more and
more as the days passed…
“You gotta practice it, Amy. First stand is tough competition…”
“I know I know,” I said, having heard this lecture three or four
times already. “I’ll practice. I’ve just been busy lately.” Right,
if busy meant lazy. I hadn’t felt like practicing. I felt like
watching tv for hours. I hadn’t even done my homework..
“Okay. Look. Tomorrow, I want this to be more together than it is
now, okay? We’re going to have a lesson.”
I nodded. Yay! Another lesson! More time with Jeremy!
We went through the song two more times until Jeremy was too
irritated with my lack of practice to go any further. He took me
home, as always, and I promised that I’d practice hard and make him
proud the next day. He smiled the most adorable smile and said I
better then we left it at that.
The problem was, I didn’t practice much that night. I practice
enough to get the first half sounding good, but the rest sounded
terrible. I didn’t have it in me. I didn’t really care what chair I
But Jeremy did.
That day in orchestra he told me that we’d have to go by his house to
have the lesson that evening because the practice rooms were being
used up. Apparently, one day out of the week the band students had
private lessons in those rooms. It just happened to be that it was
that night. I told Jeremy that I didn’t mind extending the date to a
later time, but he said no, that it would be fine to have it at his
house. It didn’t bother me that much. I didn’t want to argue, cause
I really wanted to spend the evening with him, and at his house, that
meant I could stay later if it called for it.
Oh, and it did call for it.
We walked through the hallway traffic and stopped next to some of his
friends who knew me as “sophomore” or “sophy” for short. They talked
for a little while, every now and then acknowledging my presence. I
was shy enough as it was, but putting me around seniors made me even
more shy. Some of his friends complimented on that, saying that
seniors shouldn’t be spoken to by underclassmen unless they are
spoken to first. We finally made it through the mass of people and
ended up in front of his car. We spoke to each other the entire way
to his house, and even sang along to some music. I was feeling more
and more comfortable around him.
We pulled into the driveway of a small townhouse. He explained to me
that he lived there with his brother who wasn’t there often because
he had to work so much. He told me that his brother was a nurse at
one of the hospitals in town and was going to start his training to
be a doctor once he had the money. He could afford a much nicer
house, but he was saving up. Jeremy was kicked out of the house by
his dad at the beginning of the school year because of some personal
issues concerning religion that Jeremy would rather have not talked
about. But he lived with his brother now in the cozy townhouse, and
his brother wouldn’t let him work but made sure that instead he
finished up high school in good standings so he could get a
scholarship. And Jeremy was doing just that.
I walked inside and Jeremy fixed us both a Coke and then he kind of
showed me around, although there wasn’t much to see. The living room
was small, and the kitchen was smaller, in a room next to the kitchen
was a bigger room that was Jeremy’s. His room was filled with
posters and it wasn’t exactly in the neatest condition, but it would
do. There was a spiral staircase next to Jeremy’s room in the living
room that led upstairs to another bedroom that was his brother’s.
“And that’s that,” he said, grinning and telling me to have a seat.
I sat myself on the couch in front of a tv and he brought a chair
into the middle of the room and sat a stand in front of me. “Just
let me hear you, and then we’ll work on finding out where to sit.”
A nervous pit began to form in my stomach. I honestly didn’t want
him to be angry at me… But I figured maybe the bit of practice I
had gotten from class earlier that day would make it sound better.
I was wrong. I messed up the entire rhythm and played so many wrong
notes. By the end of my playing Jeremy had a calm look on his face,
but I knew that he was really disappointed inside.
“I thought…” he began.
“I thought you were going to practice this last night?”
“I did,” I defended.
He raised his eyebrows. “And it sounds like that? That wasn’t much
better than what you played for me yesterday.”
I shrugged. “I guess that uhm, it didn’t help to practice.”
“Bullshit,” he said. “I guess you didn’t practice enough.”
“Maybe not,” I shrugged.
“Look, I’m trying to help YOU out by these lessons, Amy. I’m not
doing this for entertainment or putting you down.”
“You promised you were going to practice.”
“I know. I’m sorry.”
“You were sorry last time you didn’t practice.” He paused for a
moment. “Obviously you haven’t learned your lesson.”
“No, please Jeremy. I have. I really have. Don’t stop giving me
“Oh, I’m not going to stop giving you lessons. But I’m going to
teach you one that you’ll never forget,” he said, standing from the
chair and moving the stand back. “Stand up.” I did as told,
anxious. He sat down on the couch where I had previously been, right
in the middle. “Pull your pants down.”
I blinked. “Huh?”
“Pull your pants down.”
“I told you. I’m going to teach you a lesson that you won’t forget.”
I blinked again and stood there for a moment. I was snapped out of
it whenever I saw the angry look on his face and decided to comply,
still not aware of what exactly he was going to do. I unbuttoned my
pants and unzipped them, then kind of stood there and stared at him
for a moment.
“Fine, that’ll do,” he said, grabbing my left arm and pulling me over
his lap. He pulled my pants down to my knees. It was then that the
realization hit me.
“Wait, you’re not going to…?” my voice trailed off. He was going
to spank me? I hadn’t been spanked since I was a kid! And I didn’t
even remember it!
I felt his thumbs on the wasteband of my panties and felt them slide
down my legs to where my jeans were.
“Nooooo!” I nearly screamed. “Jeremy… look… I…”
“Stop it, Amy. You promised me that you would practice and you broke
that promise and now’s your time to pay for it. Now stop whining
like a 5 year old.”
I gulped, swallowing my pleas.
He placed his hand down on my tingling bottom. “This isn’t the first
time I’ve warned you on practicing.”
“I’m very disappointed in you.”
My bottom was still tingling, even as he lifted his hand and I felt
the breeze for a split second then his hand smacked my bottom and I
screamed because I wasn’t expecting it to sting so much.
“Not so loud,” he said, the anger seemed to have gone from his
voice. And for a minute, I thought he was finished. I was wrong.
I whined again, not as loud as the last time. He didn’t give me a
chance to breathe this time, but instead kept on spanking me
rapidly. I heard him saying something to me but I couldn’t make out
what it was because I was embarassed and in pain all at the same
time. I never knew how much spankings could hurt, but I said nothing
more than ouch or ow. After a while his smacks died down and my
bottom felt like it was on fire. Finally he stopped and rested his
hand on my still tingling, but now with warmth, bottom.
“I’m sorry,” I blubbered.
“Me too,” he said, rubbing my bottom slightly. I lay there regaining
my composure for a few minutes. “Okay… here’s the deal. First,
you play the notes without worrying about rhythm. For every note you
miss, you earn yourself one smack. Then, you play the rhythm
correctly without worrying the notes and for every mistake, one
smack. Then we’ll do each over until you’ve done it perfectly then
we’ll try them both together. I’ll give you your punishment after
you’ve done both playing the notes and playing the rhythm each time.”
I nodded, actually kind of liking the idea. It was a comfortable
position over his lap like this.
He stood me back up and I hurridly pulled my pants and underwear back
up. I played the piece, still messing up from my nervousness, but
making up for it whenever I did my rhythm. I had earned myself 50
more smacks. I asked if I could try again, and just compile them
together and Jeremy said that was fine and I tried to breathe and
steady my shaking hands. I sat on my still stinging bottom and tried
again, this time earning 60 smacks. He stood up and walked towards
me, then told me to sit my instrument down on his chair, and then he
sat down in my spot. Once again I lowered my pants and he took down
my panties and he proceeded to spank me 110 times as I tried to count
in my head. I lost count after 20, beginning to kick and squirm
being warned periodically to stop or he’d add more.
“Owwwwww!” I whined, trying not to let any tears fall from my
eyes. “I’m sorryyyyy. I won’t mess up. Ow. Ow!”
I heard him say something but my mind was concentrating on the pain
and wondering if it was close to being over.
Finally he ended with a loud and hardest SMACK! and let me up. I
wasn’t in as much of a hurry to cover myself this time as my bottom
“Pull them up and sit down, Amy,” Jeremy commanded. “I want you to
feel how much it stings whenever you sit down and think about that
next time you neglect to practice.” I did as I was told and winced a
bit at the pain I felt.
The next time I did a little better, making only 42 mistakes. I
asked if we could make it only 40, so it could be a round number, and
he said no, that 50 would be more appropriate. I shut up after that.
We repeated the procedure, my bottom still ablaze from the two
previous spankings. This one was short and quick compared to the
other two, but my bottom stung like crazy whenever I sat back down on
The next time I only earned myself 17 smacks, and how I managed that
I have no idea. He emphasized on me how proud he was that I was
improving and that if this had to be something we did every lesson
than he’d sure do it. I protested by saying, “no that’s okay,” but
he only grinned and turned me back over his knee to administer the
The next time went better and since I only made 5 mistakes he told me
that we could skip that spanking and go onto the next round where I
tried to see if I could get both the rhythm and the notes right. I
tried my damndest, and messed up so badly that I looked at him with
“See what happens whenever you don’t practice?”
“I-I’m sorry,” I muttered, not wanting to let these tears fall from
my eyes. My bottom still stung like crazy and I had let him down so
He nodded. “You’ve done well today,” he said. “I didn’t count the
number of mistakes you made the last time you played, but it was a
good many and you know that. I think that I should send you home
with a little reminder of what will happen next week if you aren’t
He was going to go on and say more, but I nodded silently.
“Good girl,” he said and I stood up, already accustomed to this. I
let my jeans fall to the floor then positioned myself over his lap
and clenched my eyes tightly together as he lowered my panties and I
could feel the gentle breeze once again. And as like the other
times, I was unable to feel the breeze for too long because before I
knew it, his large hand came pounding down on my tiny bottom and I
squirmed and kicked and he kept spanking and spanking and before too
long I began crying like a baby over his lap, too worn out to kick
anymore and too ashamed to do anything other than cry. He finished
up with two not so hard smacks then let me lie limply over him
crying. I felt his hand lying on my warm bottom and he rubbed it to
soothe me and get the sting out for me. I reached back to feel the
warmth out of instinct.
“Shhhh, shhhh. Amy, it’s okay, honey,” he said, still rubbing my
I nodded softly while I sobbed into the couch cushions. We stayed
like that for a few minutes until he said, “I’m sorry. I shouldn’t
have spanked you so much.”
“No,” I argued. “It’s okay. I deserved it.”
He didn’t seem convinced but in a few minutes I was picking myself up
and he was hugging me tightly. I excused myself to the bathroom
where I washed my face off then did something I had been wanting to
do since the first time that evening he had spanked me. I tugged my
pants and panties down and stared at my glowing red bottom. I felt
the warmth for a minute then blushed and pulled my pants back up. I
washed my face once more then limped outside. Jeremy hugged me
tightly again and handed me my instrument that was already in its
case then took me home.
“We’ll do the same thing next lesson,” I said, waving goodbye to
him. Before he had the time to argue, I opened the door to my house
and disappeared inside with a grin on my face.