“Thank you everyone, for coming to my annual feast. I hope you all enjoy the wonderful food I have prepared especially just for you.” Henry said to everyone at the dining table. He couldn’t wait to reveal the surprise he brought everyone here for this year.
“We are honored to be here sir. We are so glad to get out of the cold for a night at least and eat some good, hearty food.” One of his neighbors said. The man was boring and didn’t really help Henry, but kept him around for sport eventually.
“Yes, thank you. I’m sure we are all thinking the same thing.” Someone else said down the table.
“And you are all welcome please.” Henry rings a bell that was sitting next to his plate. “First course is ready I believe.” He watches as his servants bring the food out to everyone.
“I’m sure I’m not the only person hoping to say we are sorry for how the Wilson family treated you this year.”
“Oh, don’t worry. They have left and definitely won’t be back again. Which reminds me. Richard. Stanly. Do you want to split their land fifty/fifty or one of you buy it out completely.”
“We haven’t really had time to discuss sir. I figured we wold get to it tonight.” Richard said.
“Right you are. Stanly, what would you like to do with it?”
“I think we should split the land fifty/fifty. That way we can both farm on it, cultivating more crops.”
“A smart man.” Henry said. No one noticed that he wasn’t being served as the second course came through. Everyone was just talking amongst themselves.
“I agree.” Richard said.
“Then it’s settled. The both of you will take the Wilson family plot, and maybe remember to give your old friend Henry some of the benefits eh?” He laughed, but had a serious undertone.
“Of course sir. Also, if I might, why aren’t you eating?” Richard asked Henry.
“Well now.” As the second course was revealed. “I wouldn’t want any of their kind tainting me.” In the middle of the table, Samuel Wilson’s head was uncovered, scalped, and his skull open with the brain showing. “Surprise!”