Based on the character of Count Rugen from "The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure: The "Good Parts" Version Abridged by William Goldman". Written as a series of journal entries from major events in the book
Quite a tiresome day; too much excitement and travelling for me. I finally went back to retrieve that sword I requested the Spaniard create nearly a year ago. He had denied any aptitude for sword-making when I first approached him but on showing him the six-fingers on my right hand he immediately accepted the challenge, I suspect it was the challenge that enthralled him.
The sword was far more exquisite than I had anticipated; however, after a long ride through the middle of nowhere I was not in a mood to be 499 gold pieces poorer. I generously offered 10 gold pieces and yet the Spaniard refused to give me my sword. I killed him. Quite unfortunate that he died so quickly. A slash through the heart would do that I suppose, but I wasn’t thinking clearly at the time. I regret that now. I should have made the cut shallower perhaps. I would have like to see him suffer. My appraisal of the Spaniard’s torment would have been a quite interesting addition. That man seemed like he would exhibit pain in a far more different manner than most. He did not fear death. He did fear for his little scrawny brat though. The boy could not have been more than twelve years old and yet the agony in his eyes was by far the most extreme I had yet witnessed.
I am a man who is interested in pain, in an intellectual way of course. Some would say I relish it; an incorrect assumption on their part. Recently I have started to experiment and survey pain and have begun composing quite a definitive work on the matter based on my observations. I think pain is the most underrated emotion available to us. Pain has been with us always, and it always irritates me when people say 'as important as life and death' because the proper phrase, to my mind, should be, 'as important as pain and death.’ My most recent investigations have been based on the hypothesis that pain involves anticipation. I still believe that is true. Just not with the young Spanish brat.
He challenged me to a duel; hot tears in his eyes. I’m not one to inflict pain without reason, at least in most circumstances. The old man was a lapse in my judgment and after killing him I had no inclination to waste another life without purpose. Besides I found the emotional pain that the boy was presenting far more interesting than any physical pain I could wreak. Instead I left him with two scars on his cheeks and a deep emotional scar to burden him for the rest of his life. Like I said it was a rather tiresome day.