This is a cautionary tale of authority —
Stuck was caught between a Rock and a Hard Place. It’ not the first time Stuck had been in this position — but as usual — it was uncomfortable.
Rock was the top of the hill. What Rock said rolled downhill.
Hard Place was the newcomer — still searching for a place in the pecking order. With that in mind, Hard Place decided Stuck needed pecking on.
When Stuck decided to complain to Rock about Hard Place, it became clear to Stuck, Hard Place had the upper-hand. Therefore nothing would change.
Stuck resisted no more, seemingly bowing to Hard Place’s idea of a pecking order. Meanwhile Rock happily maintained the status quo from the hilltop.
Thus, it goes for being Stuck, between a Rock and a Hard Place.