Jim closed his eyes to hear better. Though he didn’t catch as much of the conversation as he had hoped he would, he did hear some choice phrases, one of which included ‘Sebastian’ among the other ‘pets.’ He turned his back to the door the two left through and huffed bemused to himself. Idiots, they were going to give him his Tiger back? Perhaps Susan underestimated him, he only needed the brawn for this all to work out in the end, and Sebastian was exactly that… They might have turned his sniper docile, but he wouldn’t be for long once Jim was there to incite him again.
Susan followed Brzzgle*pop*spitrflge back into the room, peering at her former boss’s back through the cage. “Are you alright, Jim? I…” She fought the natural urge to apologize. No..no apologies. She didn’t need to do that any more. “I hope you’ve thought things over and are ready to comply.”
Her attention turned to her alien companion once again. “We’ve seen what the reward setting can do as well as the full control mode, my love. Hopefully we won’t need to use the punishment setting, but just in case perhaps you should inform our pet of what it does.”
Brzzgle*pop*spitrflge nodded eagerly, “Of course, my love. But please bear in mind, there has not been a case yet where punishment is unnecessary. It is highly likely that he will need to receive punishment at some stage during his training. However, it is probably a good idea to give our pet fair warning of what is to come. Perhaps it will discourage him from acting out in the future.”
The alien paced the room, “Just as the reward button produces the greatest feeling possible, the punishment produces the opposite. Feelings of sadness and hopelessness, along with an incredible pain are all observed results from pressing the button. In order to truly explain it we will need a demonstration.” Brzzgle*pop*spitrflge pressed the punishment button and watched Jim impassively for a few moments, then pressed the reward button to reward the pet for going through that without a transgression that would merit such a punishment.
Jim didn’t reply verbally or physically to Susan, keeping his back to the two of them and his face impassive, and so, he was hit unexpectedly by the ‘punishment’ button. His entire being was filled with a sense of hopelessness and depression and all his limbs and all over his body ached fiercely, so much that even blinking hurt. He groaned lowly, too lowly to really be heard at all, and crumpled in on himself, eyes closing. It wasn’t too different from falling into one of his depressions, he found. Not much different at all, the pain was different, the physical pain of it, but even then, only because it was so all-encompassing- but pain was something he was well-versed in ignoring by now… If they thought he couldn’t handle this well then, they had another thing coming. They really ought to know by now that fear was far more of a deterrent than this, more debilitating by far…
And then, just as suddenly, he was flooded with pleasure and pure bliss. He stopped the panic attack just as it started, forcing himself to breathe calmly. However, to any on-lookers, the ‘pleasure’ had a far more negative effect on him than the ‘punishment’ did.