The Most Dangerous Game 2: The Sequel
“Daddy, you want to go sailing?” pled my ten-year-old little boy.
“Are you sure, Charles? You’ve just recovered from your fever. You better rest some more.”
“But dad, I feel healthy today, and look at the weather. Isn’t it the best day to just take a trip out to the sea? Please, dad, I love you.”
“You know it’s very dangerous out there, right?”
“Come on, dad, I’m not a kid anymore, I can take care of myself!”
“Honey, just take him out. He’s been asking you for a long time. Our boy is old enough, and I know he can take care of himself. He’s very like you, Rainsford, strong, smart, and curious. You should believe him, like you believe yourself,” said my beloved wife Veronica.
“Okay, fine. You’re very lucky to have your mom supported you, Charles. You better stick with me while on the boat or this will be your last time seeing the sea.”
“Yes sir.” Then he rushed straight out to the harbor.
Sometimes, I thought back twelve years ago, when I faced general Zaroff and got in a hunt with him, the most dangerous game. The fight had changed me forever. As I remembered, I did not know what fear was when I was on the ship with Whitney, my old friend. When I heard him said there was a mysterious island near the Caribbean Sea, I had the urge to come and see what it was. Somehow, God made me falling the ship and faced general Zaroff, faced my destiny. After coming back from that dreadful island, I found myself not taking hunting as serious as before. Maybe I changed my mind and believed that animals have feelings.
“Aaaaaaa…!” I jumped when the screamed struck me in the middle of my thoughts. Even though I never heard my wife screamed before, I knew that was hers in just a blink of an eye. I flew right to my ship. I wished I had come out with them earlier, but everything was too late. Finally, I reached my ship.
“Charles, Veronica, where are you?” my voice was hoarse and dry. Then I heard sounds in the cabin and I stormed in. Someone struck me unexpectedly in the back and I fell down. The room was pitching black, but I managed to recognize my little boy and my wife being into the cylinder. I knew there was someone behind, but I just could see through the dark.
“Well well, Rainsford, good to see you again, my friend,” said the shadow.
I was stunned. “General Zaroff!” I shrieked. “How the hell could you survive?”
“Ahh, thanks to my lovely hounds. They were being such great companions… I know, Rainsford, you must feel very sorry for not killing all of them, right? Well, that was the past and let’s not talk about it any further. You know what my friend, I thought for a long time whether we should hunt together again, Rainsford. I was so miserable from that time, but that was also my most delicious time in my life. You gave me motivations to live, fight, and practice, so that someday, I can go on to seek for my revenge in you. I know you are not only a great hunter but also a remarkable fighter and swimmer. I was completely sure I won the hunt when you jumped off that cliff, until you sneaked into my bedroom.”
“That’s enough, Zaroff. I don’t want to fight you again. Now give me my son and my wife back.”
“Life is not always that easy, my dear fellow,” smiled Zaroff.
“What do you mean?”
“It’s been a long time and I still can’t find anyone as perfect as Ivan to replace him. He’s my first and last prominent friend of mine. Now he’s gone, Rainsford. Do you know what I mean?”
The idea suddenly landed in my head and I felt like dying just to think of it. “Don’t you dare doing anything stupid. Don’t you dare touching my family, or I’m gonna kill you, you moron!” I bellowed.
“Oh! Rainsford,” he laughed with his old good voice that I hated it so much, “don’t use death to intimidate me. It just makes me feel funny. I was half-dead half-alive when you hurled me out of the window, and that was the best moment in my life. Therefore, I would like to share with...
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