Akon had finally lost patience. Reluctantly he’d had to decide he was unlikely to get out of this stinking fool what he wanted.
He’d put his best man on the job. Three days and nights his men had worked this brute over. He was some tough idiot, couldn’t see what was good for him, Han had reported back. Pig-stupid, one of the worst cases Han had come across. And Han had worked on plenty. He did not fail either, not like him to give up on a brute. The barbarian animal had been beaten out of his skin, Han had argued .. and still he thought he could give back lip.
The barbarian still insisted he was being set-up. Insisting he wasn’t in charge of the gang. He was just muscle-for-hire. The others had masterminded the raid. How the hell was he supposed to know where his Lordship’s treasure was?
Lying brute. The others had fingered him. That barbarian was the boss, they’d said. To a man they had named him. And every single one of them .. when shown the instruments in the dungeons .. they’d said it was the barbarian who hoarded away the plunder. It was THEM who were just the hired muscle. The barbarian shared nothing, they insisted. He scared them, they’d said. He’d happily murder them in their beds if they crossed him, throw them to the dogs. That greedy barbarian, he alone had squirrelled the gold away.
The filth still denied it. Three days under Han’s outstanding skills .. and still the fool called his accusers liars.
“It’s that big hairy asshole, he’s the one you want,” he’d answered .. shifting the blame.
This stinking scumbag had snarled back.
“He’s got the gold.”
Me? Just a hired hand, he’d claimed.
“Barbarian muscle .. is all I am.”
A hopeless case. Akon did not believe the scum for one minute. Well, he would say that, wouldn’t he? Claiming the others were putting “the barbarian” up as scapegoat. To a man, they’d fingered him, though. Akon was convinced this wildman had his gold. And he had been resolved. Han would squeeze the location out of him.
His best man had worked on him, Han was reliable, he always got down to the truth. Days of beatings. Tortured. Tortured out of his mind. But still the brute wouldn’t budge, a hopeless case, Han had said. Too dim to know when his time was up. Still he claimed he’d been set-up. Pig-headed brute, according to Han. Tough as they come, thick in the head, Han had admitted.
No one in their right mind would put up with day-after-day of punishment like that. But this filth was not in his right mind, was he? A barbarian. What could you expect? Hide like a rhino, Han had shrugged .. thick-skinned .. pig-headed. Days of getting worked over. And still that self-same lie. Too pig-barbarian-stupid to know what was good for him.
He didn’t like to admit it .. but …… maybe Akon would have to cut his losses, great though they were. But the brute wasn’t getting away with that. Didn’t know what was good for him … Akon would show the fool that. This pig’s stupidity angered him. Frustrated him. If only he could have been broken, that gold would be back in his treasure-house, Just break his stubborn will, that was all it took. They had him captured, they’d shown him .. but three days of punishing ordeals .. and still the fool was holding out. Didn’t know what was good for him, indeed!
So near, so close .. frustrating. Still the brute refused to budge. He was not giving up the gold. OK .. as the filth willed it. Akon would forfeit his gold. But he’d make the damned idiot pay. Pay for Akon’s frustration. For being so close Akon could almost smell his gold .. for THAT Akon would make sure this brigand scumbag paid in full. And he’d be paying for the rest of his miserable life.
One final try, though. Maybe the fool would see sense. Akon wasn’t holding his breath. He doubted it would work. The barbarian brute was too thick-skinned, Han had said. Too pig-headed-stupid. But at least Akon would gift himself the pleasure of personally seeing the prick getting done-over. See for himself this barbarian starting to make amends .. the scumbag’s first moments of paying back.
Not what Akon wanted. Not getting his treasure back. But at least that would go some small way .. some small compensation .. watching the fool starting to pay. Even if Akon still didn’t have his hands on his own treasure.
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