He looked at the ax in his hand and could not believe he had killed another living being, but the fact was he had and according to the definition, he was now a murderer. It happened so fast. He was being chased and surely his victim would have eaten him if he was able to catch him. At least that’s what he said before his death.
“Ya do this?” A passerby asked, seeing the body lying dead and motionless in the field.“Aye.” He nodded.
“Rightly so, it would appear. Their kind can be quite a menace.” He smiled and walked on his way. For a moment things seemed quite surreal since the victim still lay dead in the cornfield, despite the threats made before his death. He had, after all, invaded the man’s castle without a proper invitation and did pilfer a single item from all the treasure he saw strewn about. If in a similar situation, he was sure he would have taken action to stop an intruder, if there was nothing of value in his hovel, but sadly he knew there was nothing he owned anyone would be interested in taking. As a matter of fact, he never owned anything of value until he was able to grab the one thing he now had strutting proudly around in his yard. It was truly magnificent and he felt it would indeed bring him better fortune than what had come his way up until now.
“What be your name, lad?” The constable asked when he arrived on scene about an hour later.
“Jack, sir.” He answered with head bowed.
“What is his name?” He pointed at the victim.
“I don’t rightly know.” He shook his head.“So ya killed him and didn’t even know his name?”
“He was chasing me and told me he was going to eat me when he caught me.” He explained.
“So what did you do?” The constable asked.“I ran out of the castle, ran down the beanstalk, grabbed me ax and cut away until his weight and gravity took over. And there he now lays.”
He pointed to the giant in the cornfield.“And ya got this here golden goose?”
The constable smiled.
“Aye.” Jack smiled back.“I’d say you done alright for yourself, giant killer.”
The constable patted Jack on the back. It was hard to believe that the story told from then on would make Jack, a murderer of a giant, as the protagonist. Hard to believe, alright.