“Remember me?” he whispered.
The fox flinched and raised his hackles, nervously shifting his weight from one foot to the other, as if to turn tail and run away at any moment. In his eyes, he saw not the boy who had saved him, but instead, another human being that may – or may not— be friendly in his intentions. A tear ran down Jacob’s face. He couldn’t believe that his fox had become so afraid. He knew that in part it had to do with Percy and his traps and his meanness. But surely one man couldn’t have caused so much distrust! There must have been something else that happened during the fox’s travels, something that made him gradually lose his trust in man."
This is the illustration redrawn for Chapter 10 of my novel, Spirit of the Fox, for the upcoming 2nd edition.
For comparison, here's the original drawing: sta.sh/0h7scxqj23d
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