The Care Bears The Confidence Secret 3rd Part Chapter 32
ATTENTION: This chapter contains subjects that may be sensitive to some readers. Read at your own risk. *****
Calvin was very shocked at what had happened to his son, especially now that he knew Hector was certainly along with the Care Bear Family. At first, he wanted to believe that he was mistaken, that his son was only in the house of some of his friends, or hiding in the garage of the house, or even wandering the streets of the city, afraid to return home. With that hope, the father called the police and made the record of his son's disappearance, but the boy had not been found until that time, and had not been seen by any of his colleagues since the previous morning. Faced with this, there was no doubt for the businessman that his son was in the hands of his greatest enemies. Surely that athletic-looking bear and that quarrelsome fennec had kidnapped the boy, especially after they'd noticed that Calvin detested them from the bottom of his heart. The Care Bear Family was an enemy to be fought against, and even more so now after they did with their son. However, he still needed to be sure of what had happened to Hector, and he needed help. Luckily he knew who to look for, and quickly picked up the phone and dialed an international number. - It's me, Calvin - he began on the communicator, when he was answered - No, I'm not well. We have problems; Hector was kidnapped by bears and cousins. Yes, that's what you heard! And now, what are we going to do? As we go... Calvin lowered his voice as he heard the person on the other end of the line trying to calm him down, and Patricia, her maid, was cleaning the room next door. - It's very easy to ask me to stay calm, it's not your son kidnapped by your biggest enemies - the chemist continued in a low tone - No, I do not think he knew anything about our plans. I never said anything to him... Yes, I know I should have told Hector everything to stay on our side, but I never expected the bears and cousins to come after him! He disappeared yesterday morning, and I think he's in the Kingdom of Caring. Does your brother have to check for me? Great, I'll be waiting. Auf wiedersehen. Turning off the phone, Hector's father was silent, with a pensive look and a concerned expression on his face. As much as he had treated his son reproachfully, he still worried about the boy, and feared that Care Bear Family was doing something bad with him. - I swear if you mistreat Hector, I'll kill you all... - he murmured through his teeth, punching him with his clenched fist on the shelf, feeling all that was evil in his heart ferment like a volcano ready to explode, and it was better not to have bears and cousins around when it happened. ***** Charles hung up the phone and took a deep breath before turning to Klaus, Dawson, and Colonel Fritz, who were gathered in his private office and who had listened with interest to their conversation. - So what happened? - asked the General curiously. - It seems that the bears and cousins kidnapped Calvin's son - the businessman said thoughtfully - Hector disappeared yesterday morning and all indications are that he's in the hands of those hairy creatures. A murmur of displeasure and surprise escaped from the mouths of the three, though Dawson had only pretended this, since he imagined that it was a Care Bear Family way to get the boy out of the influence of his UGARE-allied father. He thought about it when Fritz got up and made an angry gesture. - What the hell! - he shrieked angrily - How did Calvin allow this to happen? He was very unsuspecting, he should have protected himself better! - This is a horrible thing, I can’t even imagine what the boy must be suffering in the hands of those colorful plagues... - Dawson commented slowly, shaking his head with regret - Did he know about our plans and our organization? - Fortunately no, Calvin never told you anything - Charles replied - In a way, that's good, because the bears and cousins will not get any information through the boy, even if he's tortured. - And there is another good thing in the whole story, which can help us a great deal in overthrowing all the good-natured Care Bear Family reputation - the eagle pondered scratching his chin - Tell me Charles, you still have the contact of that delegate of the Brazilian Federal Police, Mr. Paulo Soares? - Of course, he is one of our main collaborators in Brazil, helping us in the smuggling of arms and political contacts. But what do you have in mind, mein Hërr? - Perhaps Paul can produce evidence by saying that the Care Bear Family kidnaps children, including Calvin's son, to study human behavior and prepare to dominate mankind. Thus, bears and cousins would fall into complete disrepute before the general public, and even those people who try to defend them by saying that this is a lie will be taken by victims who have had their bad memories erased during experiments. - And why do that? - Fritz asked in a quieter tone, arms folded and staring in the direction of the bird - If everything goes as No Heart and Charles imagine, in a few days we will be able to invade the Kingdom of Caring without difficulty. - Yes, but in that way, if any bear or cousin escapes, he will immediately be imprisoned anywhere in the world where he tries to hide, for he will be considered a threat - Klaus explained with a mischievous grin - That way, we nullify all possibilities of the plan going wrong, and those stupid ones will definitely be surrounded by our network, with no chance of escaping. - Oh, mein Hërr, that's a wonderful idea! - exclaimed Charles with enthusiastic air - I'm going to contact Paulo immediately and ask him to come and meet us here, just like Calvin. Surely both will approve this plan. - Very well, but what about the boy? - Dawson asked with a worried expression - Are we going to let him suffer at the hands of those stupid furry? - Unfortunately, there is no other way, but it will only be for a few days - Klaus replied calmly - And once he returns, he will surely be ready to join us as our apprentice, to take revenge on those who have harmed him. I already imagine him dressed in our uniform, at his initiation ceremony... Klaus fell into a daydream, while Charles quickly telephoned the Brazilian police officer and Fritz remained in the same position as before, leaning against the wall and folding his arms thoughtfully. Dawson was also thoughtful, realizing that the danger was getting closer to his friends bears and cousins and that he needed to warn Frank about it. But the old businessman's cell phone had been disconnected since the previous day, and there was no other sure way they could communicate. All that was left for the red-haired man to hope for was something wrong with that perverse UGARE scheme, even if he himself had to come up with that mistake. ***** Hector was exhausted; he did not know how long he had been there, being tortured by those three carebears in a constant and cruel manner. Tears streamed from his eyes and sweat poured from his forehead, but this did not seem to pity True Heart, who continued tickling the Brazilian boy's armpits. Redemptionheart, in turn, had tied the kid's toes to the set of restraints using some soft, sturdy strings, so she could tickle him so he could not curl his toes or wiggle his feet. Meanwhile, Cheer Bear wore his fluffy, fluffy hands to scratch the young man's sweaty belly, especially his belly button. - Oh, what's the matter, Hector, your ribs ache as you laugh? - the bear matriarch teased as she continued to rub her young prisoner's armpits up and down when she suddenly stopped - I have to go now, Hector. But do not think that I will not come back later to continue tickling your armpits. Come with me, Cheer, we need to keep our appearances before the others. - Oh, can't we stay longer? - the female pink bear asked in sad tone - I want so badly to see Hector urinate in his pants while to laugh... - Do not worry, my dear, soon we'll be back and you'll make him wet his pants. Take good care of him meanwhile, Redemption, and enjoy yourself. With one last provocative wink, they quickly left the boy and the medical bear. She waited for True Heart to close the door and glared at Hector, who took that moment to catch his breath. - Now I have you just for me - she declared with a wicked giggle - Then it's time to really do some tantalizing tickling on you. Saying this, she revealed to the boy a pair of gloves with pointed claws at the tips of her fingers, putting them on quickly and imitating tickles as she approached Hector's helpless armpits, which was shaking with fear. - No! No, Redemption, pleasehehehehe, I dohohoho nohohohot wahahahant to! - he shrieked as he felt the claw tips touch and start rubbing his armpits - Plehehehease, I wahahahant to rehehehest, I'm thihihihirsty! I wahahahant to peehehehe! - Well, that's too bad, I'm just getting started - the medical bear replied cheerfully, beginning to rub its long claws into the dimples of the boy's armpits, realizing that he felt a lot more ticklish than if she only used her hairy hands. Hector tried to pull his arms, but his wrists were very tight. Usually her armpits were not as sensitive, but they were well sensitized after True Heart made all those tickles, and Redemption's claws were doing a good job of keeping the skin teased. Luckily, no one was tickling his feet, which were the most sensitive part of his body, but he wished he could curl his toes and rub one foot in the other to relieve that tingling sensation in his soles. - Stohohohop! Plehehehease! - he begged, looking at the bear, feeling his throat burning with laughter and an uncontrollable urge to pee - I'm gohohohoing to peehehehe in my pahahahants! - Are not you a little old for that? - she teased with a chuckle, continuing to tickle the young Brazilian's exposed armpits - You have not even begun to experience all the tickles your poor body deserves. Coochie coo. Saying this, she quickly paused and removed her gloves, taking a jar of white powder and walking up to the boy's sweaty feet, before throwing some of that powder on the soles and toes and rubbing a little. As soon as Hector felt the powder in contact with his skin, he began to feel an uncontrollable itch in every part of his feet. - No! What is it? - he shouted at the same time Redemption put his gloves on again and tickled his armpits - Nohohohoho, stohohohop! Thihihihis itchehehehes! The boy tried to rub one foot in the other to get rid of that uncomfortable itchy sensation, but he could not move his feet. This, and the fact that the female bear had started to scratch his armpits, made he no could not take it anymore, and soon he peed his pants. - Oh, it looks like somebody got wet - Redemption teased with a maliciously grin, continuing to tickle under Hector's arms with quick, up and down movements - I thought the older boys did not get wet. Hector felt his cheeks flush with embarrassment at the female bear's teasing. Besides, he remembered that Calvin had also taunted him the same way when he'd tortured his a few days earlier. - Plehehehease sohohohorry! - the boy shouted shaking his head to one side and another - I cahahahan nohohohot tahahahake it ahahahanymohohohore! Stohohohop! My behehehelly huhuhurts! I'm tihihihired! - Well, that's why people say that laughing hurts a lot - said the bear with an evil smile, continuing to tickle Hector's arms and armpits. - Buhuhut yohohohou're huhuhurting me! Stohohohop, I dohohoho nohohohot wahahahant to be tihihihickled ahahahanymohohohore! Lehehehet me gohohoho! Although Redemption showed no mercy, she stopped tickling for a moment and scratched the boy's chin. - Oh, remember, I'm a doctor, boy; and you're certainly in good shape for being a football player - she said maliciously - So you can handle a lot of tickling yet. Also, I am under the orders of True Heart, and she did not authorize me to release it. Saying this, the bear began to tickle Hector's armpits quickly, keeping her big fingers inside the dimples permanently as she used the other fingers to tease the rest. - Finally, you're a very cute little boy with a beautiful laugh, and you deserve a lot torturous tickles - she finished with a wink, looking at the boy's face with a big malicious grin on her lips. Hector blushed again with the compliments, but also because of the exhaustion. His belly ached with laughter, and he was sweating as if he had played a football game in the middle of the Brazilian summer afternoon. His throat was dry and aching with laughter, and he felt his feet itch like never before in his life. He wished he could curl his toes to lessen that itching sensation in his soles, much like he'd like to lower his arms and hide his sensitive armpits. The kid would rather rest for a bit, if only for ten minutes, but Redemption did not seem willing to do so. In an impulsive and impatient gesture, he banged his head a few times on the cushion behind him, and looked at the female bear begging for pity, even though he knew she would surely provoke him even more. - Stohohohop! Stohohohop! My feehehehet! My ahahaharmpits! Plehehehease Rehehehedemptihihion! I'm tihihihired! I do whahahahat yohohohou wahahahant! - I want you to keep on laughing desperately, my darling - the bear replied with a cruel chuckle as she sank her claws into Hector's armpits even more and snapped up and down - Coochie coo, I bet your belly hurts a lot while you laugh. - Yehehehes! My behehehelly huhhuhurts, my bahahahack huhuhuhurts, I cahahahan nohohohot tahahahake it ahahahanymohohohore - the boy replied trying to move to relieve the muscle aches, and desperately trying to free his feet to get rid of that itch - Plehehehease, Rehehehedemptihihihion! Stohohohop! My feehehehet ahahahare itchihihihihing! Lehehehet me scruhuhuhub them! - Oh, so you mean your belly and your back ache? - Redemptionheart grinned from ear to ear as he began to rub Hector's aching back and stomach - And I did not even begin to torture him with tickles yet. Hector screamed as the medical bear began to scratch his belly, all the more sensitive because of the pain and sweat dripping. He breathed out quickly between the laughter, feeling utterly exhausted, and wondering why he had to go through it all. - Hehehehelp! I cahahahan nohohohot stahahahand it! - he begged before looking at the ceiling in a sad way, wondering where Champ and Confidence would be at that moment, and whether they would be looking for him. ***** Wish Bear was finishing washing the lunch dishes when she saw her life partner Shimmers sit in his favorite corner of the garden to meditate. Every day he would do it, go to that same place about mid-afternoon and sit alone in the arbor, where he could think quietly and pray to God giving thanks for his day and the lives of his friends. Although the female bear believed that God existed and always heard his companion speak about his faith in Him and in his son Jesus Christ, she had never prayed or addressed the Lord directly because she believed that He would not hear the bears and cousins, only humans. And as Shimmers had been born human, surely his prayers and thoughts were heard by God, but not hers. Because of this, she seldom joined her husband in those moments of meditation, so as not to disturb him and allow him to have a particular moment of faith. But it had been a few days since Wish had noticed that Shimmers was quieter and more thoughtful than usual, spending more time in those moments of meditation and prayer and showing some kind of doubt in his heart. And she did not like to see him like this, remembering how difficult it was for the bear to overcome all her doubts early in life as a member of Care Bear Family and early in their relationship. For that very reason, on that day, when she saw him head once more to her place of reflection, she decided that she should talk to him and try to find out what was going on. Shimmeringstar sat in the shade of the arbor, cross-legged and eyes closed with a concentrated expression. Mentally, he was praying and thanking God for his life and the life of his foster family, because the love and patience of Noble Heart, True Heart, and all the other bears and cousins was more than he could ever want. He also gave thanks for the forgiveness of his sins thanks to the blood shed by Christ on the cross and for the mission he had received to protect the Care Bear Family and to teach them about God's love for them even if it was not a mission easy. But Shimmers was grateful for all this, and could only truly thank God for all that He had given him, taking him out of dark ways and bringing him back to the right path, and asking God to continue to give him discernment in how to react to crises, such as the one he was now living in relation to True Heart and Confidence. At that moment, he heard the sound of footsteps approaching lightly and someone sitting beside him, in silence, and he recognized to be Wish Bear only by your breathing and walking. She said nothing as she did not want to interrupt his thoughts, allowing him to continue his prayer for a few more minutes, until finally he gave a lively sigh and opened his eyes, turning to smile at her companion. - Do I bother you if I stay here for a bit? - she asked pleasantly. - No, you never disturb me - he replied, giving a kiss on the cheek of her companion -Have you come to learn to pray to God as I do? - I don't think He would hear me, after all, I've never been a human... And I know you're already praying for Care Bear Family, including me. - But you should try. God always listens to all those who love Him, and I know that He will be very happy when you address Him. - Maybe one day I'll try my darling - said the female bear, feeling a little different heartbeat, which she quickly disregarded - Now I want to talk to you and know the doubt that's been tormenting your heart these past few days. Slowly the smile fell on Shimmers lips, and he lowered his head a little sadly and ashamed. - You mean you noticed that? - the swordsman bear asked in a low voice - I thought I was managing to disguise my feelings... - And I'm a Care Bear and I know very well when someone is disguising your feelings, especially when it comes to my mate - Wish said with a small smile, placing a hand on her husband's shoulder - C'mon, tell me, what ails you? Shimmers continued in silence, head down and not brave enough to look at his companion. His situation was truly complicated, after all he did not want the others to know that he had helped True Heart try to discover Confidence's secret, and he did not want to betray the promise of silence he had made to female fennec when he had discovered this secret, which had also forced him to lie to his mother. Besides, there was the fight between the fox and Cheer Bear, which only he and Champ had witnessed. If all this was discovered, it would cause problems for many people, including himself, but especially for the fennec fighter, so he wanted to keep quiet. - It's nothing, my dear, you do not have to worry - he replied after a while, trying to draw a smile. - Of course I worry, I love you - Wish Bear replied lovingly - C'mon, tell me so I can help you... - I don't think you could help me at that time. But I thank you for your concern. - Oh, come on, tell... Tell... C'mon, tell me - she continued gently insisting, before opening a little smirk and beginning to tickle Shimmers' chest - Coochie coo, tell me, my dear little bear. - Hey! Tickles nohohohot hahaha! - the swordsman countered, trying to turn the body to the other side and hold the female bear's hands, but she was faster and continued to seize him - Stohohohop! Thahahahat's nohohoot fahahahair! - Since you don't want to tell me what's going on, then I have to use other methods to... Hey! Nohohohoho! Shimmers suddenly turned toward Wish and began tickling her armpits as she continued to tickle into his chest. The two of them started laughing, one trying to more tickle and keep the other from continuing, and soon they were on the fluffy floor of cloud where they continued that tickling fight for a few more minutes. Finally the bear managed to grab the hands of her mate and lay on top of her, preventing her from moving, giving him a kiss on her smiling lips. - Looks like I beat you - he said with a wink. - Just in tickling - she replied with a small smile - But I still want to know what's bothering your heart. The swordsman knew he needed to give Wish an answer, or she would keep insisting and might even wish him to tell her everything. With a deep sigh, he sat down and helped her to sit in front of him, holding her hands and looking her firmly in the eyes. - I'm worried about how Care Bear Family has treated Confidence since she arrived - he said in a low, sad voice, and that feeling was also in his chest, so he was telling the truth - There are few bears and cousins who have tried to become friends with her, and surely she must feel very sad and lonely for this... - But Confidence did not do much to make friends with the other bears and cousins, either - Wish Bear said with a surprised air - She's locked up in the gym almost all day, practicing karate. - And will not this be because she feels displaced within the Family without many friends? Should we not strive a little harder to get her friendship? After all, when I joined Care Bear Family, I also felt a bit out of the way and did not look for anyone, but you, Aqua Bear, Lonesomeheart, Redemptionheart, True Heart, Noble Heart, Brave Heart and the others who were looking for me. - Well... I think you're right, we have not struggled to be her friends. I myself never talked to her alone, only in the weekly meetings. - Then! I also felt very lonely in my early days at Care Bear Family, and I know how sad this is. And I do not want her to feel that way too, because she seems like a really nice person. - That's true, I agree with you. I think we should talk about it with others at the next Care Bear Family meeting, and Confidence realizes that we care about her. - Good idea, I think this will be very good for all of us - Shimmers agreed cheerfully, before taking a malicious look - But now, I'll make you laugh a little... Coochie coo! And he quickly tickled Wish's armpits and belly again, who laughed in surprise and shrank all over, before also starting to tickle the companion excitedly, and the two stood there amused and laughing for a while, before resuming his daily activities, Shimmers going to train their swordsman skills with Sky-Heart, and Wish going to take her lookout post. ***** Champ and Confidence sat silently on the edge of a fire pit, wrapped in blankets and sleeping bags and roasting marshmallows stuck on the tip of two dry branches, encamped near Ayers Rock, the great red rock that lay in the desert in the center of the Australian continent, near Alice Springs. This was an area considered sacred to the Aborigines, and the two sportsmen were careful to choose the location of their camp so as not to infringe on the natives' customs and protect themselves from possible attacks by settlers and tourists. Both the bear and the fennec remained silent, pensive and upset, especially after the failure of their mission. Even using all the shortcuts that existed in the skies of the Kingdom of Caring, it took them three hours to reach the mission site, practically when it was already dusk in Australia due to the time difference between that land and Care-a-Lot. And despite the weariness of the trip and the growing darkness, the two athletes quickly headed to the school indicated by True Heart, where the evil shadows of No Heart would have attacked during a sports competition. However, to the great surprise and dismay of Champ and Confidence, the place seemed closed several months ago, and various equipment and building materials showed that there was a renovation in the building. This was confirmed by a girl who lived near school, and who quickly recognized in those colorful and hairy creatures two Care Bear, telling them that since the beginning of the year the school was closed for works and that the students had been transferred to other nearby schools. In addition, according to her, there had been no sports competition and no events nearby in the last week. - That's very strange... - finally said the bear, looking at the fire and eating his marshmallow. Something is wrong with this whole story. Does this girl lie to us, because of the magic of No Heart? - No, I would have heard a change in that girl's heart rate if she had lied - said the fennec with a deep sigh - Besides, you yourself saw how the building was, full of building materials and tools. I do not think No Heart would do that to confuse us. - Then maybe we have made a mistake of address! - But it was True Heart who showed us the place, and I checked the notes she gave us five times to make sure we were in the right place... - Well, that's true... - Champ said thoughtfully - Maybe True Heart might have been wrong and passed us the wrong address, after all it's an aboriginal name. - And how many times has True Heart ever been wrong when assigning a caring mission? - Confidence stared at the fire - Besides, if she had any doubts about the name of the school, she would surely call Amigo Bear to help her write. Not Champ; she knew exactly where to send us. - Are you accusing True Heart of sending us on a fake caring mission? - murmured the bear with surprised air - This is a very serious charge, Confidence. Why would she do that to us? The fennec was silent, gazing at the fire with a thoughtful expression, before turning quickly to the bear with a shocked expression as she finally understood the meaning of the conversation she had occasionally heard between True Heart and Redemption. - Champ! She did this to get us away from Hector and so we could torture him with tickling, with the help of Redemption and Cheer, without us being able to prevent it! - Wait a minute, Confidence, you're already exaggerating - the athlete began in disbelief tone - Okay, True Heart said Redemptionheart would tickle Hector, and Cheer Bear seized the moment to provoke you, but they would never defy a decision made by most bears and cousins at a Family meeting, let alone create such a plan to keep us away from the boy... - Champ, I heard True Heart talking to Redemption after the meeting, ensuring that nothing would happen to the doctor if she helped her, and that they should look for Cheer to talk better. And look at us now, the only ones who could prevent them from realizing this plan: we were sent by True to the other side of the world at a time that prevents us from returning the same day to Care-a-Lot, not to mention that our mission practically does not exist! What else do you want me to say to convince you?!? The sports bear was silent for a few seconds, before lowering his head with a sad groan, feeling disappointed with himself. - What the fuck! - he shouted angrily, realizing that Confidence was right - You're right, and I'm such an idiot! Hector must be suffering now, in the hands of the three, and I'm not there to protect him... I need to do something; I need to go back to Care-a-Lot! Saying this, Champ threw away his traveling blanket and stepped out of the sleeping bag, getting up and running toward the cloud car, parked a few feet ahead. Confidence also got up quickly and ran after his friend to try to stop him. - Hey! Hey! Wait, Champ, this is very dangerous! - she said, grabbing him by the arm - It's too late now, it's too risky to drive in the dark. In addition, the journey is long and you are tired!... - I will not stand here knowing that Hector is in danger! - said the bear, trying to let go of the fennec's hands - I promised I would protect him, that I would take care of him! Let me go, Confidence! Realizing that she would not be able to hold the sportsman, the fighter applied a karate blow to his right leg, causing him to fall to the ground. However, since she had her arm attached to the bear's had, she too fell over him, and her snouts accidentally touched for only half a second. That was enough for the two of them to be paralyzed, looking at each other, feeling their hearts beat and their blood heating in their veins, with an immense desire to plunge into that feeling that had appeared in their chests. For a moment, Confidence and Champ stared at each other in silence, their noses only two inches apart, their breaths panting to mingle, before they finally approached again and began to kiss hotly, slowly snuggling one into other. But it lasted no more than a few moments when they broke off abruptly as if they had taken a shock. The fennec had remembered of Love Heart, while Champ at the same time remembered his commitment to Cheer Bear. How could they betray their partners? However, something was happening between the two sportsmen, a feeling of desire and pleasure that they could not explain. Slowly the two of them sat in the dark and looked at each other in silence, ashamed, not brave enough to talk about their feelings. - I'm sorry - said the bear. - Because of the kiss? - asked the fennec with a worried look. - No... Yes, I mean, for having knocked you down - he stammered with a faint smile on his lips - You're right, it's too risky to drive in the dark. What Hector least needs now are for me to have an accident trying to help him. - Of course, that would only make him suffer even more - she agreed amiably, smiling - It's better that we both go to sleep, and we'll leave early tomorrow for the Kingdom of Caring. Soon the two sportsmen returned to the camp and snuggled into their sleeping bags, giving each other good night. But it still took some time for them to fall asleep, for both Champ and Confidence were quietly thinking about what they felt for each other and also about their partners. ***** Hector had no idea how much time had passed, but for him it seemed like a real eternity. He could not stand being tickled anymore. His laughter was already soft and his voice was thick with laughter, and his body had never been so sweaty. Redemption had no mercy, and kept tickling his armpits, his ribs and his belly non-stop, and put more white powder on his feet so they would itch even more. - Enohohohohough! I dohohoho nohohohot wahahahant it ahahahanymohohohore! - he laughed softly, his tongue almost hanging out of his thirsty mouth - Plehehehease, I beheheheg yohohohou! The female bear smiled happily, using its claws again to dig beneath the boy's arms as he watched their reactions, enjoying watching him sweat and trying to resist in vain, while she circled her claws well in the center of his armpits, causing the maximum of tickles. Struggling to inject air into his lungs, the boy laughed without stopping, looking at Redemption with no hope of her stopping that torture. Never before has he felt as sensitive to tickling or as tired as at that moment. Although he was an athlete, and had a lot of energy like most kids, he felt completely exhausted. His whole body ached as well as his feelings. Was Champ and Confidence really looking for him? Or did they not care to see him suffer, as well as True Heart, Cheer Bear and Redemptionheart? - Chahahahamp, hehehehelp... - he muttered, almost beginning to cry, but the laughter prevented him. - You'll never see Champ, Confidence, or any other bear or cousin again - said the medical bear, laughing and scratching at Hector's chin - You're an absolutely lovely prisoner, after all, and you'll never escape from here. Coochie coo. And to prove she was telling the truth, she sank her claws even deeper into the boy's arms, tickling faster and lower and kneading the full length of his armpits. The boy felt his cheeks flush as Redemption praised him, but he also felt a little fear and helplessness, mainly because he remembered that his father also acted the same way a few days earlier, when he tortured him tickling his feet to exhaustion. And all Hector wanted at that moment was to rest a little, drink some water, wiggle his arms and feet, and play football with Champ, even though the bear was horrible in that sport. - I'm tihihihired! Plehehehease, Rehehehedemptiohohohon, stohohohop! Stohohohop! - Make me stop - she teased cheerfully, her eyes trembling with joy, continuing to scratch the boy's armpits - Make no mistake, Hector, your friends will only seek you after they return from that fake caring mission that True Heart sent they. And yet, they will never find this hiding place. You'll stay here as long as we want. Redemption loved to tease the boy that way, and she kissed his cheek as she continued to tickle his armpits, watching the hysterical laughter of his prisoner. - Thehehehey'll fihihihind me! - Hector shouted defiantly between the laughter - Yohohohou will rehehehegret it, Rehehehedemptiohohohon! - Oh, I'm going? - she asked maliciously, before scratching the boy's armpits even more quickly - What about that, I'm going to regret it too? - Nohohoho! Sohohohorry! I'm so sohohohorry! I dihihihid nohohohot mean thahahahat! Stohohohop! - No, I will continue to punish you for your disobedience - Redemption replied with a wide evil grin on her face, digging more and more quickly under Hector's arms - Your friends will never find you, coochie coo. Hector coughed and took a deep breath before bursting into laughter again. His armpits were very sensitive, and he wished he could lower his arms and rub his hands over them to remove that horrible tickling sensation. He also wanted to move and rub his feet together, curl his toes or run barefoot to get the white powder out of his soles. But he could not do any of this, he could just stand there, laughing and listening to Redemption's taunts as she tickled him. - "My body hurts... My back hurts, I can't take it anymore" - he thought to himself - Why does not she just leave me alone? I thought the Care Bears were cool. I am so tired. Again the boy looked toward the female bear, expecting mercy. - Plehehehease, I'll dohohoho whahahahatever yohohohou wahahahant! - he begged exhausted and hoarse - Juhuhuhust let me rehehehest a few mihihihinutes, plehehehease! - Nu-uh, I'm going to tickle you to exhaustion - she said, smiling happily - Hehe, I bet your belly and your back hurt, do not you? This is because of the torturous tickles, boy. Saying this, she scratched Hector's armpits even faster, up and down, nuzzling noses with him. The boy blushed with embarrassment and turned his face to the side because of that provocation. - Buhuhuhut I'm ahahahalreahahahady tihihihired! Plehehehease, juhuhuhust fihihihive mihihihinutes! - I already said no, I will not stop tickling you until you faint - Redemption replied, again nuzzling noses with Hector and showing no sympathy for him, continuing to rub under the boy's arms so he would continue to laugh - Oh, I bet you're so tired, coochie coo... - Nohohoho, thihihihis is tohohohorturehehehe! Do nohohohot yohohohou feehehehel sohohohorry for mehehehe? I did nohohohot do ahahahanythihihihing for yohohohou to tohohohorture me lihihihike thahahahat! - True Heart said that, too, but I held her prisoner for several months because she had actually done something that bothered me. As for you, I do not need any reason to torture you that way. True Heart only offered me the opportunity and I enjoyed it, even though you will not stay here that long either by her decision. Besides... - at this point she licked the tears on Hector's face, while tickling the boy's armpits mercilessly - I will never be punished for torturing you, after all I have to respect an order of our matriarch, coochie coo. Although the boy was sweaty and hot after all this time being tickled, he felt a shiver run down his spine in front of the doctor's words, especially as she licked the tears on his face. Surely if it depended only on Redemption, he would have been there for months being tortured, and it was even ironic that he had to thank True Heart Bear for stopping it from happening. But he did not think much of it, since he was having an idea. If the female bear was not going to stop tickling him until he fainted, maybe there was a way to fool her into making it more fun for him, too. - Stohohohop lihihihicking mehehehe! - he pleaded with fear and shame - Why ahahahare yohohohou so mehehehean? - Because I love to make tickle in people, especially in their armpits while their arms are tied - she confessed, her cheeks flushed, continuing to smile and scratch under Hector's arms - And I've always had an interest in doing that with a human child, and that dream is coming true thanks to you. - Buhuhuhut do yohohohou lihihihike to tihihihickle the ahahaharmpits? Dohohoho nohohohot yohohohou wahahahant to tihihihickle ohohohother pahahaharts of my bohohohody? - Oh, you're trying to tease me, huh? No, I do not want to tickle other parts of your body, I just love to tickle under my arms, and I'll keep my claws sharp here, because I know that deep down you want to feel tickles on your feet just to get rid of itchiness on your soles. And saying that, she kept poking at the center of Hector's armpits, circling or just scratching, forcing him to laugh non-stop. - Goohohohod! I wohohohould hahahahate yohohohou if you tihihihickled my feehehehet! - said the boy, trying to appear relieved - Thehehehey ahahahare so sehehehensitive... I wohohohould diehehehe of lahahahaughter if yohohohou tihihihickled my feehehehet! Redemption stopped tickling for a moment, glancing suspiciously at Hector before walking toward his feet. - Well, then, I will accept your suggestion to make torturous tickles at your feet - she said, beginning to run her claws up and down the soles and toes of the boy's feet. Hector screamed as her claws grazed his toes, laughing even louder than before. His feet were actually much more sensitive than his armpits, but at least he would get rid of that itch that tormented his soles and toes, even if it meant a lot of tickling. On the other hand, it was exactly what he wanted, and immediately he closed his eyes and began to imagine that it was Champ, not Redemption, who was there tickling him, and that made him relax and start laughing in a cheerfully way. - Hahaha! My feehehehehet! - he said cheerfully, even forgetting his tiredness and just enjoying that feeling. - "Hey! That's weird, he should not like the tickles" - the female bear thought to herself as she realized the boy was no longer begging as he had been before, but she decided to keep quiet and just watch his reactions. Hector shook his head from side to side, struggling to curl up his toes, but feeling much happier and more relaxed than before. He did not open his eyes at all, to continue deceiving his mind and imagining that it was Champ who was there, as he felt more and more cheerful with each new touch of those claws in his soles. - Nohohoho, my sehehehensitihihihive feehehehet! - he shouted through his laughter - Stohohohop! Leheheheave thehehehem ahahahalone! - No way, coochie coo - she said with a giggle, tickling even more quickly the soles and between his toes. The boy was so focused that he heard those words in the voice of Champ, and he opened his eyes a little and managed to see perfectly the sportsman in front of him, tickling his feet with a wicked smile on his lips. - Plehehehehease... Do nohohohot stohohohop, Chahahahamp! - Hector blurted out, so relaxed that he was. - Champ?!? - shouted Redemption, stopping the tickles and looking shocked at the boy - So that's what you were doing? Trying to make the tickle more bearable by imagining that it was his sportsman friend who was here? You'll soon regret it! Quickly she took the flask of white powder and threw a large amount at Hector's feet, before standing again in front of the boy's face and tickling beneath his arms, with an evil expression on her face. - You can beg all you want now, I will not stop tickling your armpits - the female bear said angrily, so much so that the boy felt his spine freeze as he realized he had talked too much and saw Redemption's angry expression. - Nohohoho! Sohohohorry, I did nohohohot mehehehean it! - he shouted through his laughter - Plehehehease, I'm sohohohorry! Nohohoho! - No excuses! You'll laugh and beg and sweat as I rub my claws into your armpits. This is how I want to see you! And to reinforce her words, she sank her claws further into the bare skin of Hector's armpits, nuzzling noses with he, and continuing to tease him non-stop. At that, the boy began to laugh wildly, crying with sadness. That would never end, he would surely stay there forever, being tickled by Redemption and feeling his feet itch madly. He would never see the light of day, play football or see Champ and Confidence again... - Nohohohohoh! - he shouted desperately, though he knew the medical bear would have no mercy. Luckily, time passed though the minutes seemed centuries, and little by little Hector grew more and more tired. Her laughter turned into a simple exhausted laugh, and her eyes were almost closed. He was no longer trying to fight the restraints, just stood there tickling unresponsive. Finally, he gave one last stronger laugh. - I wahahahant to sleehehehep... - he whispered before his head fell to the side and he fainted with exhaustion, a small smile on his lips. - Oh, why did you have to faint right now? - Redemption complained, before smiling and giving a kiss on the boy's sweaty forehead - I'll leave you there, maybe True Heart has other plans for you... Or maybe I have other plans for you. And saying that, she took off her gloves and sat down in a chair beside him, wondering what she would do to Hector if she could keep him as a prisoner forever. ***** It had been a long time since Frank had felt as good as now, while he was sitting there, slowly leafing through a large photo album of his old friend Flower. The female bear was sitting next to her, telling several amusing stories about the situations portrayed, happy to find that dear friend whom she considered as a child. On the other side was Fred, also paying attention to the old woman's words and having Hugs and Tugs sitting on his knees, which was a different experience for him, having two little colored bears on his lap. - These pictures are a lot of fun, Grams Bear - said the little blue bear cheerfully - You never showed them to us before. - How funny to see Braveheart without the mane, and Champ weak and muscle-free - added the little pink bear showing a picture of the lion and sportsman when they were much younger before she saw an old grandmother's photo - And you were very pretty when was young, Grams Bear. - That's because you did not meet 70 years ago - Frank teased with a wink - We all said that she had won over your grandfather, Heavenly Bear, through beauty and stomach, since she's always been the best cook. - Grandpa Heavenly? - asked the two cubs at the same time, curiously, before the male bear continued - Grams never told us about him... - Well, I... - the old female bear stammered, sounding annoyed at the subject - I do not like to talk about it... - Because? Grandpa was not a good bear? - Hugs asked staring at the grandma - And what happened to him? Frank soon realized that he had caused an embarrassing situation. Surely that was not a subject that Flower wanted to talk to her grandchildren, especially after tears had formed in the old woman's eyes. He quickly cleared his throat and turned the album page. - We'd better keep looking at the pictures and forget about it - he said amiably and looking at the photographs - I did not see any pictures of the times we lived in San Martin. What happened to those photos and movies that Jim insisted on putting on the boat? - Honestly I do not know - replied Grams Bear, already recovering - Noble and True kept it somewhere, but I never asked them. This is not a subject we talked about very much... And speaking of talking, I think it's time for two little bears to go to bed. - Ah, but why? - Tugs complained with a sulky air - We want to continue seeing the photos. - And we're not even... - Hugs started to speak, before giving a long yawn - Tired... - Well, you're already yawning and sleepy. Say good night to Frank and Fred and come with me my little angels, I'll put them to bed. The two cubs agreed, leaping from the human's lap and wishing goodnight to the two visitors, being taken by their grandmother to their rooms. At that moment, the clock had just struck ten o'clock at night, and the silence reigned absolute outside. - That's the most incredible thing that ever happened to me... - Fred muttered in disbelief - I had two cubs of colored bears on my lap. - I thought you were more surprised to be inside a house built on a cloud - Frank joked with a chuckle - But you'll soon get used to the bears and cousins. There is no one as kind as them. - If you say... Will you still need my services for today, Mr. Frank? - No, you're dismissed. - Then I'll go lie down, too. Good evening, Mr. Frank - and quickly the secretary made his way to the guest room where he and the old man were asleep. Frank was alone and silent, continuing to look at the photographs slowly, but this did not last long, as soon as Flower was back, having changed his grandchildren's diapers and put them on the bed. - Okay, they're already asleep - she said with a small smile, sitting down next to her old friend - It's amazing how most kids always say they're not sleepy, but immediately sleep as soon as they put their heads on their pillows... And I never really talked to them about Heavenly. Every time I tried, I felt my throat tight. - Okay, I'm sorry I touched on that - said the old businessman, before erecting the photo album and displaying a certain image - What about Looter and Joyful, do you tell your grandchildren about them? - Every once in a while... - Flower whispered, her head down and her eyes filled with tears - I tell for they how much they were wanted and loved by their parents, and how happy they were... Oh God, I feel so much lack of my daughter and my son-in-law! First I lost Heavenly, and then Joyful and Looter! I suffer so much from this, without having an answer to what happened to them!... The old bear was silent for a moment, making an obvious effort not to start crying desperately, but soon she managed to calm down, and looked at Frank with a wistful smile. - Fortunately I still have my grandchildren by my side - she continued - They represent everything to me, I do not know what would be of my life if they did not exist. And you, too, Frank, you is one of the few friends left for me from that time, and I'm happy to see him after so many years... - I'm happy to be here, too, Flower - the old man agreed amiably - Champ had already told me about Joyful and Looter disappearing during a caring mission. Have you ever found any clues to what happened? - No, only what is written in the mission report. - Mission report? What is it? - It is a report that we fill out at the end of each caring mission, which allows us to evaluate our mistakes and correctness and to record all the situations through which we pass for personal and communal experience. If you have the time and patience, you can go to Noble and ask to read these documents, since it is a great way to learn more about our methods... But now it's late, I'm going to lie down too. Good night, Frank. - Good night Flower, have sweet dreams - the human replied, as the old bear climbed the stairs and headed for her bedroom, yawning. However, he stayed a few more minutes in the room, thoughtfully, imagining some way to help his old friend bear feel better about the disappearance of Looter and Joyful, as well as what had happened to Heavenly.
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The Chapter 32 of "The Confidence Secret" is up!
Shimmers still thinks about how to help the fighter fennec without harming her. Calvin is worried about Hector's disappearance, but not because he loves his son. Meanwhile, the boy remains tickle tortured by Cheer, Redemption and Trueheart. On the other side of the world, Champ and Confidence realize that they have been deceived about the Caring Mission, while they are feeling more and more feelings for each other.