The Large man turned his dark eyes from the glowing coals. Rising quietly he picked up the heavy cudgel beside him and turned to stare at a squirming figure, bound and gagged on the rocky ground before him. The small man ceased his futile struggling and stared, suddenly fixated on the large man now rounding on him. He tried to plead but his jaw locked in terror. The Large man's grotesquely twisted features were horrific even in the darkness of night. The small man let out a cry.

"Please, I do not wish to harm you," said the large man quietly. "I...I just wanted a friend."

The small man forced his eyes shut and struggled a foot backwards, grazing his elbows on the rough ground. "GET AWAY BEAST!!!" he screamed. "GET AWAY FROM ME!!!" "Please don't be angry" implored the large man hesitantly, frightened himself by the small man's outburst. He bent down, reaching to undo the small man's bonds. The small man, again screamed, lashing out wildly, his right foot smacked heavily into the large man's face. The large man jumped back, tears now silently sliding down his face. He hoped he could still make the small man like him, he hoped. But in a different corner of his mind he knew his hopes were unrealistic, like so many before the small man none had ever liked him, no companionship had he ever found. Crying out loud now, the large man stood, raising his cudgel high in the air, pausing only to take a breath of still air, he then brought the cudgel down, smashing it into the small man's face. Killing instantly. He hit the lifeless form a few more times just to make sure. The large man picked up a dampened cloth and wiped the drying blood from his hands. He felt better now, he always did. He stood for a time, listening wistfully to the soft hooting of a barn owl. The large man liked the birds and the animals, at least they liked him he thought happily, drawing a short blade from his belt and plunging it deep into his heart. The warm blood running softly over his fingers, he smiled, at least they liked him....