I've been stuck on this since before I even started writing my WIP (and it's been 4 months now...) Any ideas welcome! Basically, my MC was given a public whipping for some offense when he was say, 17. He was innocent. It was actually his 2 friends who were guilty. Let's call these two friends R and A. My MC wants to protect A's reputation because they're kinda into each other, and R says he would certainly rat A out if the MC rats him out. So my MC keeps quiet, and takes the punishment on himself. The result is lifelong scars on his back that he's rather ashamed of - the humiliation sorta lives in him. I need ideas for what on earth this offense could be I've tried googling what crimes may have deserved a public whipping but I just get general history stuff on medieval crime. It needs to be something that seems trivial or innocent enough that A would go along with it (at the encouragement of R), and somehow the whole thing needs to be blamed on my MC. It would be great also if R could somehow prove A was there, just to make his blackmail a bit more convincing. I need A to somehow be at fault here - that she could have saved my MC from the whipping and chose not to. This is fantasy, and all these characters are teenagers, like 16, 17 at the time this happens.