It feels sketchy because it is sketchy. I mean, first of all, they're straight-up going "oh, I don't want to humiliate you in public" - which, why does there need to be any amount of humiliation involved? Getting corrected does not need to inherently be humiliating! And that they don't want there to be any witnesses or any sort of record that provides proof of what actually happened....yeah, that's sketchy too. Because that means that they want for it to just be your word against theirs. Not even doing it via text means they just straight-up don't want there to be any receipts, and that's not the behaviour of someone who's going to look good if receipts exist. Ehhh. I mean, yes, you don't have receipts? But that's because you've been prevented from getting receipts. On the one hand, yes, we're only getting your version of events and yes, we're more likely to go "huh, okay, that doesn't sound normal or okay behaviour", but on the other hand, we've seen people who told their version of events and it still came off making them look bad. If you were trying to make your parents look bad, it'd be pretty easy for you to do that. You're right. But you're not trying to make them look bad; you're being pretty generous and trying to be fair and kind in your portrayal of them and what's happened. And you keep doubting yourself and wondering if maybe you're the one who's wrong; I'm pretty sure that if either of your parents were here to defend themselves, they wouldn't be questioning themselves at all.