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Carrie Martin was about to go to bed when she heard crying. It was coming from Zack and Cody's room and it was obviously Cody's crying. She hurried into her son's room.

"Cody… honey are you okay?"

"Yes and no," he sobbed

"What happened honey? Was Zack mean to you?"

"Hey," Zack protested, "why do you always think it's me"

"Sorry honey force of habit"

"No he wasn't mean to me mom. I did something wrong"

Carrie's eyes shot up to her forehead, but she didn't say anything. She just rubbed his back.

"Do you want to tell me what happened?"

"Yes," Cody sniffled, "remember when I told you that I had to read Tale of Two Cities for school"

"Yeah… I remember that. What's wrong about that"

"I didn't have to read it for school. I wanted to read it even though you said that part of the punishment for skipping school was no reading for fun," he sobbed uncontrollably.

Carrie had to bite her tongue to keep from laughing

"Oh Cody," she said

"I'm so sorry mom," he said sobbing

"I wish your brother would commit offenses like that," she told him chuckling a little

"HEY! MOM," Zack laughed and threw a pillow at his mother

"Sorry Zack but your brother is more studious then you"

"Yeah but I get all the babes"

Carrie laughed, then got serious

"Cody you were not supposed to read for fun and you still did."

"I know," Cody said bursting into tears again.

It took Carrie 10 minutes to calm him down.

"You know it was wrong honey," she continued

"Yes mom and I'm so sorry. What are you going to do"

"Nothing. You've punished yourself enough honey."


"You lost at least one night's sleep, you've probably had that on your conscious for a long time and I think you have punished yourself enough. Now get some sleep. I love you"

"I love you too mom"

She kissed his forehead then went over and kissed Zack's forehead.

"I love you boys"

"Night mom"

"Oh Cody are you done with the book"


"Good," she said, "I want to read it" and with that she walked out