UPDATE: Evil Mistress Kate, AKA Kate Richards, wrote the conclusion to her story here, using JC’s suggestion of an ice cream sundae. Warning: NSFA. And I mean NSFA!
Yes, miscreants, I accidentally put Day 24 instead of Day 23 yesterday. For your impertinence, Miss PT, Mrs. Claus will deliver an extra corner stool for your use.
I loved your letters to Mrs. Claus! If I had a day’s comments to collect into a special memento, it would be yesterday’s. Thank you, Lara, for pointing out the overlooked December birthdays and prompting a fun celebration. I think we should make the Birthday Bash a new tradition, don’t you?
Previous Fireside Chats with Kat and Natalie:
2013 (and the story of how Kat and Natalie came to be)
Kat and Natalie story posts mentioned today:
Lake Kat, or the story of Natalie’s new spanking spatula
Let it Go: Kat and Natalie watch Frozen
Mother’s Day, Again
Kat’s Christmas Wish (2013)
Spanking the Cockroach
What a Turkey!
Ana: Merry Christmas Eve, Kat and Natalie! Happy holidays to everyone who celebrates a different occasion, but you observe Christmas, right?
Kat: Yes, we promised Natalie’s mom.
Natalie (looking surprised at Kat’s response): I remember when you couldn’t look at anyone in public, let alone speak up. You were a wreck before we visited Adaline Raine for her blog.
Kat (blushing): Don’t remind me of that.
Ana: It must be your nursing classes and how well you’re doing at school, Kat. Remember when you were terrified of enrolling in a CNA class? Now you’ll be on the dean’s list in no time.
Kat: Oh, please don’t say that! Then Natalie will get it into her head that she has to make me do it.
Ana, laughing: I thought Natalie complained that you studied too much?
Kat: Well, yes. She can’t make up her mind whether to make me stay home so I don’t get too stressed, or if she should let me do whatever I want because she’s so happy I’m finally in school.
Natalie: My, my. Someone has gotten bolder. Keep it up, Katling, and I’ll decide you’re no longer too shy and timid to get a spanking in public.
Kat (turning white): Eep!
Ana: To be fair, though, things have changed for both of you. You seem more relaxed with each other. You always were playful, but there’s a new comfort level. What made the difference?
(Kat and Natalie look at each other, and Natalie nods permission at Kat.)
Kat: Natalie’s been getting some counseling. I always told her that if she got her head fixed, we would–YIPES! Natty!
(Natalie smacks Kat’s thigh, and they both giggle at each other. Ana gives a shocked laugh.)
Ana: Wow, last year you fought about getting a baby cradle as a Christmas gift, and two years ago Kat could barely say a word to everyone. How is the counseling going? And what happened with the cradle?
Natalie (hesitantly): I hate it. So it’s probably doing some good.
Kat: She won’t tell me anything that happens, but that’s okay. I didn’t tell her much when I had to do it. The worst part is when she snaps out of her fog, realizes she hasn’t kept tabs on me, and says “No!” to everything just to show she’s still in charge.
Natalie: The cradle is in the attic for now. It makes Kat too sad to see it.
Ana: Oh, no! What happened?
Kat (getting a little teary): It was for the best.
(Natalie puts her hand on top of Kat’s.)
Natalie: We got the call about a little boy, ten months old and the sweetest ever. Kat was over the moon, and we’d had the nursery ready for months. Then his mom changed her mind.
Kat: I’m glad he can be with his mom. It’s better for him…but I was so close to becoming a mother.
Ana: That must have been heart-wrenching to go through, but I’m glad his mom was able to care for him after all.
Kat: Liam. His name was Liam. He just had his first birthday.
(Natalie pats Kat’s hand.)
Natalie: When the time is right, it will happen.
Kat: With losing Liam and Natalie not feeling up to much, we decided to stay home this year and not make the visit to family. Natty’s parents are upset, of course, but we promised them a good, long Easter visit.
Ana: What are you doing tonight and tomorrow?
Natalie: We go to a little church across town, and they’ll have a candlelight service tonight. Nothing overwhelming, just the old familiar songs.
Kat: Familiar to Natalie. I’m still learning them.
Kat: Yeah, my family didn’t get into Christmas. Too busy.
Natalie: And tomorrow, since Kat’s complained I’ve neglected her, I’m going to devote my attention to her for the whole day.
Kat: Oh, no!
Natalie (winking): You’ve slipped far too much past me in the past few months when I didn’t feel up to dealing with you, and don’t try to deny it.
Ana: I’m not trying to criticize, Natalie, but…on Christmas Day? Shouldn’t our sweet Kat get some leniency?
Natalie (laughing): That’s the story she tries to tell everyone, but Mrs. Claus knows better. I didn’t spank Kat for a whole month, and she got cranky and out-of-sorts.
Ana: I thought you got some sugar cookies that put you both in a better mood.
(Kat and Natalie both blush.)
Kat: I might have lost my temper and threatened to leave. And…er, kind of tried to.
Ana: Kat! You promised you’d never do that again.
Natalie (grimly): She scared me half to death. She said I’d ignored her, so I promised not to get distracted again.
Kat: A little distracted might be a good thing.
Natalie: I’ve been working longer hours because I want to set up a trust fund for the baby, not that Kat likes to hear about it.
Kat: I get more freedom when she works late, but she comes home stressed and ready to kill. Last week after her appointment with Dr. Mitchell, she finally talked to me about a few things. We still fight if we go into certain topics, but we’re making progress. I think. But it’s weird to see her this way.
Ana: It unnerves you?
Natalie: I’m sorry, Kat.
Kat: No, I mean…you’ve always taken care of me. I think I’m realizing what a hardship that’s been for you.
Natalie: I failed you in a lot of ways.
Kat (sniffling): No. Never.
Ana: You two have grown so much in the years I’ve known you, and it’s amazing to see where you’ve been versus where you are now. So many people are glad you’ve stuck it out despite the odds.
(Kat and Natalie remain silent, interlocking fingers.)
Ana: I’m afraid we’re out of time for this year’s Fireside Chat, but what would you like to say to all the readers who have come out for this year’s event?
Natalie (clearing her throat): That I hope you are safe, loved, and happy. And thank you for all of your notes and messages. We love you, too.
Kat: Please sign my change.org petition to eliminate hairbrushes, spatulas, wooden spoons, paddles, and so on from being given as Christmas gifts.
(Natalie smacks Kat’s thigh for a second time.)
Kat (giggling): Ow!
Natalie: Now you see why she’ll be getting my attention for the whole day tomorrow!
Kat: I mean, that no matter how sad or alone or scared or unhappy or whatever you might feel, now or another time, that things will get better. Natalie and I have been through the worst I can imagine. I thought I’d never see her again and that she could never care about me again, but we made it.
Natalie: I’ve learned that I have to let Kat take care of me, too.
Kat: Oh, please, let me “take care of” you!