The knock at the door startled Jackson for a moment, but to his luck the door was still locked, as the vainly pressed doorhandle proved. "Coming!" the bear called, before he quickly put the controller of the GameStation aside and then finally began to roll his fat butt off of his living seat cushion's poor, tortured body. The bear's turning and sliding send one last, mean wave of pain through Limon's stomach before he eventually got freed of his heavy burden.
The whimpering fox immediately rolled onto his side and clutched his aching stomach while he gasped for air. Though three or four ragged breaths was all he could take in before Jackson grabbed his thin throat with his big, strong hand and squeezed his neck until he suffocated. Afraid he looked into the bear's mean, gleaming eyes.
"Listen here, you little squirt! One word to our parents and I'll shellac you for real! Understood?!" he threatened in a whisper. Limon nodded as good as he could with his neck being held in a bench vise. "Good. And now act normal!" he added before he let go of the fox's neck and went for the door.
"Why was the door locked?" Limon's mother asked puzzled as she entered the room.
"We were playing kingdom," Jackson explained, "and this room was the castle. We couldn't leave the drawbridge open while the enemy attacked, right?" His little lie was accompanied by an apparently genuine smile, that Limon's mother seemed to buy.
The vixen returned the smile, "It's nice to see you two finally thawing up to each other!"
"Yes, playing with Limon is a lot of fun! He even offered me to borrow his GameStation!"
Limon's ears perked up with shock. That just can't be true! Why couldn't this nasty brat just leave already? His mother's skepticism was now the only thing that could still save his console. Much to her son's horror, however, she was grinning like a Cheshire cat. "With pleasure! Take it," she said as if she had been waiting for an opportunity like this to finally get rid of the gaming console. "Limon wastes too much time with it anyways. A little distance to that thing will do him some good!"
"Cool, thanks, Mrs. Y!" Jackson said and shot a spiteful grin in Limon's direction.
Suddenly the bear's mother came in as well and was informed of Limon's generous item of loan right away. She too expressed no objections at all. Probably just out of courtesy she asked the fox, "If it's really alright with you?"
Immediately Limon felt the bear boy's evil eyes rest on him to make sure he would give the right answer. Timidly the desert fox nodded, "Yes... it's alright..."
"Okay, Jacky, then you can take it," the female bear said and gave Limon a grateful smile. "We have to go now anyway. It's late already and you still have to do your homework!"
Though the young bear hesitated. "Aww... already? But we had so much fun! Can I at least say bye to Limon before we go?"
The two women were obviously touched by the friendly gesture. "Alright, boys, we're waiting downstairs," Limon's mother said before she and the bear lady left the room again.
Jackson closed the door behind them and then quickly marched over to Limon who flinched in fear. "Back down on your knees, Limon, it's time to bid your king farewell!" he rumbled disdainfully and again offered his paw to the fox. This time, though, he lifted his foot high in the air and showed Limon his black sole.
Anguished the desert fox looked down onto the hateful body part. Of course Jackson wouldn't miss his last chance to humiliate him one last time! But Limon was so close to his freedom already, he could almost taste it, weren't it for the bear paw he had to taste first. Eventually he simply obeyed.
Defeated and with dropped ears the fennec one more time got down on his knees in front of the bear, pressed his nose against the soft, black skin and kissed the still slightly wet sole firmly. He even stuck out his tongue again to draw a few lines over Jackson's foot, just to finally see him go! The fox could feel that Jackson enjoyed to see him like this: Groveling on the floor, with his muzzle below his paw...
"Before you get the other one, tell me again what you learned today!" Jackson demanded.
With broken voice Limon spoke, "Bears are naturally bigger, stronger and smarter than foxes. That means that bears are superior to foxes by nature. And thus it's only natural if I treat you with the respect a superior deserves. In fact, you're so much better than me that I should treat you like a king..."
"Very good!" he said and then lifted his other paw so Limon could worship it as well. And as the fennec did just that, Jackson suddenly pushed his head to the ground and held it there with his bone-breaking weight. "You are my toy now, Limon! Don't forget that!" rumbled the bear, before he let go of the trembling fox and went to unplug the GameStation.. Limon watched him do so motionlessly.
"See you soon..." Jackson laughed as he pulled the door close behind him to leave Limon behind.