"This is the spot, yeah, this will be fine." Horen said as he found himself looking into the mouth of the geyser. "Hey guys come check this out!" He yelled to them as the geyser was just about to erupt.
His friends came just in time to see the steaming hot water rise from the mouth of the hole in the ground.
"It's just plain huge." Niles said as it began to recede back into the ground.
Niles walked up to Horen and asked him again, about the documents that were inside his father's briefcase.
"Hey Horen, can I have a word with you?"
"Look Niles, if it's about my father's papers, forget it alright? Those papers have been entrusted to me by my father for safe keeping. I can't let just anyone have them."
Niles looked away and scowled as he went back to the camp first.
"Hey Rodger would you be a sport and hand me one of those pastries?" Horen asked as he looked at the size of the geyser's mouth with interest, writing down everything he could learn about it in his notebook.
Rodger went over to hand him a pastry as Niles went back inside the tent.
"He's always telling me that I can't do this or that I can't do that. Well tonight is going to be a little different. If I can't have those papers, then I will just take them from him by force." He broke the pencil in his hand out of anger.
Later that night when Horen was just getting to bed Niles ran up to him from the direction of the geyser. He was panting and swearing as if he was panicked.
"Horen! Horen Rodger slipped and fell over near the cliff by the geyser, he was trying to help me finish some readings on the geyser's water output and he lost his balance."
Horen, worried about his friend, ran to help him.
"HELPPP MEEE!" Rodger screamed as he was hanging for dear life from the cliff's edge.
"Rodger are you alright!" Horen yelled. "Don't worry I'll toss you a rope, just hold on!"
Rodger didn't think he could, as he felt himself slipping more and more. As Horen went to throw down the rope, Niles went up to the cliff and tossed a bucket of steaming hot water down on Rodger's face. As the water splashed against Rodger, he yelled in pain, instinctively letting go of the ledge to rub his face causing him to fall to his death on the ground below.
"NOOO RODGER!" Horen yelled as he watched his best friend die right before his eyes. He lout a loud yell as his heart ached.
"Fitting, that he die before you Horen." Niles said as he bent down to him. "You refused, time and time again, to let me have your father's papers. And now I'm angry."
Horen looked up at him and grabbed his collar.
"AND YOU CALL THAT REASON TO KILL AN INNOCENT MAN!? HE WAS OUR FRIEND!"
"He was your friend and my nuisance. I got tired of him always kissing up to you like he was your pet or something. It disgusted me."
Horen let go of him and swung a punch at him, missing as Niles pushed him forward and watched as the poor man that was once Horen died before his eyes, as the geyser erupted while his head just barely passed over the mouth of it, decapitating him on contact. Niles stared at the body of his dead boss for a while longer before he went to take Horen's briefcase.
"Finally, I get my hands on these wonderful papers."
Horen's body lay lifeless, headless for that matter, until a passing Ail'Gandel, the manifestation of pain and suffering, spotted it.
"This body.......It's perfect, it's horrid, it's..........headless. Wonderful! This body would make an excellent vessel to do the bidding of chaos. HAAAHAHAHAHAAAHA!"
The demon laughed as it entered the headless corpse of Horen,altering the feelings and thought patterns of a once peaceful man and turning him into a monster of revenge and fear. Horen's spirit made a pact with the four thousand year old demon allowing him to live in exchange for doing the deeds of evil in Ail'Gandel's stead.
As Niles picked up the briefcase he heard a loud moan coming from the geyser's cliff side.
"What on earth---?" He said as he looked off in the distance.
As the moon focused in on the background of the cliff, a brightly visible and fearful headless Horen stood and started walking towards the camp. He watched in horror as a pair of eyes and a row of teethe formed, floating over the top of the jagged meat that was once Horen's neck. Horen's body began to react violently as his entire body became covered in leather straps as if he was being tied down to an operation table. He screamed and yelled as he managed to break his arms and legs free and continued walking towards the camp.
"Wh-what is that?" Niles said as his eyes widened at the headless figure walking ever closer towards him. "WHAT IS THAT!!?" He screamed as he ran through the back of the tent with the briefcase in hand, heading for Rodger's van.
He jiggled the key inside, still shaking from the fear of seeing a once dead Horen get up and chase him. As he managed to get the door open Horen closed it back as he stood in front of Niles and snarled through his teeth.
"So Niles, you thought you could just kill Rodger and me, then just drive away with my father's belongings? I don't think so." He said as he lifted Niles from the ground and hissed.
"These documents are important, your father was a fool for letting you take care of them." Niles said bravely before wishing that he hadn't said anything at all.
Horen just laughed at that statement.
"What was that? I don't think you understand everything quite yet. Those "special documents" you were so greedy to get your hands on that you had to kill Rodger and me over, aren't really all that important. They are my father's wills addressed to me and my sister."
Niles, still shaking, opened the case and with a terrified look on his face, saw that he spoke the truth.
"Wait, please, I'm sorry.....I'm sorry!"
"No you're not. Not yet anyway. But I will make sure you are apologetic when I am done with you." Horen said as he unleashed the leather straps onto Niles, binding his feet, hands, and body before knocking him unconscious.
When Niles came to, he noticed that what happened earlier wasn't a dream at all, but a living nightmare.
"Please let me go ple---" He was interrupted as Horen covered his mouth with another leather strap.
"You were so greedy, that you actually thought that my father had any real valuables?" He laughed at his rhetorical question.
"You've known him for as long as you've known me, since high school. My father was a poor man, living off of government supplied money for years. And yet you still thought that just because they were in a fancy briefcase that they were important, really? Come on, it's like all I have ever heard you talk about since we started this trip is "Oh Horen can I see your father's special documents?" And I told you NO about what, five times now?"
As Horen spoke he was actually purposely tightening the straps around Niles' body, suffocating him as well as crushing him.
"You bore me, you know that Niles? Not even one scream of fear from you, even though every time I speak now I'm going to have blood spouting out of my neck. Thanks for that Niles, that really makes me feel happy."
With that final sentence Horen balled his fist and as Niles' screamed, the straps binding him came together all at once, crushing him into an unrecognizable mess of meat and bone.
"Maybe you will find forgiveness in your next life, you piece of shit." Horen said as he walked off, being driven by the power of pain in his soul.