The Near Death Experience of a Petite Man

Short and Tall Businessmen

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Tomos was a petite man in his 40s. Usually very smartly dressed, he was on his way to revel with friends at a house warming party. He had to walk a very long distance to get to the party since though dressed like a toff with a fine suit, shiny shoes and a cravat he could not afford bus or taxi fares. His masked intention of attending the party was ‘financial edification’; seeking bad loans and grants. Professionally, Tomos was an architect but had never designed a structure in his life.

At that point of the journey it was better for him to take a short-cut through Burgess Park which would shrink his journey by two-thirds to his destination. As Tomos turned into the park he was surprised and slightly frightened when someone called his name. It was dark on a July night and he could not make out who it was who could see him so clearly. It was Balo with who for the past two decades had alternated between being friends and adversaries depending on what Tomos was up to at the time.

Strong causations of treachery, destructiveness, slander, espionage and egomania were in the DNA of Tomos. In that same DNA there were strong designs of obsequiousness, contrived glibness, an absence of moral scruples, a persuasive tongue, deceit, a false projection of congeniality and a hunger for power at all costs. Balo stood a 6 foot 4 inches and weighed around 18 stone; he too was in his 40s. A specialist cardiac physiologist he did everything he could to keep fit / heathy and had done several marathons in addition to yoga and martial arts. Balo was optimistic about human nature to a fault often ignoring negative realities as exceptions but he was a thoroughly decent and reliable person.

The pleasantries they exchanged really meant nothing. Tomos had recently sprung a cunning and evil trap on Balo but it failed. Each time Tomos failed to hurt someone he simply kept trying. Balo then asked “are you going to Kpeunas’ party?” to which Tomos simply replied, “yes”. They walked together for three minutes in virtual silence then without warning Balo seized Tomos’ collar and dragged him to a part of the park with trees and good lighting. Balo started to beat up Tomos eventually pinning him to a tree with his right arm in such a way his feet were at least a foot above the ground. Being left-handed Balo used that arm to punch the torso and groin of Tomos viciously, no face punches. No man spoke a word during this sudden sustained energetic but one-sided violence.

Balo having felt he had gotten his revenge’s full let go of Tomos and punched man started to run but he was moving in a manner only Disney movies could produce. Tomos was running with sense! Moving with numerous feints, little to the left and a little to right, he was not doing so well in a forward direction. The petite man’s escape was made impossible by his own habitual and hellish craftiness. All those years of deceitfulness and evil cunning now worked against him. He could no longer do anything useful even run for safety without a well-rehearsed plan. Running away from danger is a good thing yet he was incapable of ‘doing good’. Tomos had no spontaneity left in him.

Revolted by Tomos’ escape Balo chased and caught him. However, this time Tomos suddenly produced an ice pick and stabbed for Balo’s left eye but missed. This further infuriated Balo. Balo raised up Tomos full stretch then crapiously slammed him to the ground. Balo exacted a second body slam with even more devastating impact on Tomos’ body. It seemed as if the earth rejected Tomos’ body twice. As Balo was picking Tomos up for the third body slam, Tomos pleaded in a most childlike manner “do you really want to kill me? I have offended severally but I beg you with God and my children please spare my life.” Balo saw two things in Tomos’ eyes in that moment. The first was that Tomos knew he was going to die and was truly sorry. The second was it happened to be only time he witnessed Tomos being thoroughly honest. Balo conferred mercy on Tomos.

It turned out that Balo had already been at the party and through overhearing a phone conversation got the information and opportunity to waylay Tomos. Tomos ended up not going to the party while Balo had a good time there and that was a thoroughly bad night for the intended resources gathering of Tomos.

Retribution by violence is immoral / amoral, no matter how justified. What do you think?

Grimot Nane

One response

  1. “Retribution by violence is immoral / amoral, no matter how justified”…

    A provocative conclusion indeed.

    While I concur “by half”, it would to interesting to know or explore why certain laws or foreign policies tend to promote an attitude of “might is right” in certain contexts???

    Interesting narrative with potential to create in the reader, likely ‘personae’ tagging, as it relates their experiences.

    One important question, can the narrator/author really assume a third party role in the story?

    Would be nice to read other views.



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