The Ranger moved and twirled into the dense bushes and foliage.
"C'mon Captain! Where are you hiding now coward? Said Wulfric."Come out! Let's finish this!"
The Ranger shot out of the bushes to the left of Wulfric and sliced his left hand which held the hand axe. The Ranger then swooped down and picked it up, immediately parrying with his dagger. This blocked
Wulfric's blow from above but not the front kick to the chest. The Wulf dove on to The Ranger with his knife in both hands pressing it down about an inch from his face.
"I want that damn treasure Captain!" Said Wulfric somewhat muffled as he struggled for the kill.
"I hope it was worth dyin' for Wulfie," The Ranger replied in a
Completely covered in dirt, they rolled around several times. The Ranger was now on top of Wulfric holding his axe on above his head. Wulfric grabbed a small rock on the ground and smashed it against The Ranger’s left side of of his head. He saws brief stars and felt brief intense pain, the next thing he knew Wulfric was on top of him.
The Ranger's refined hearing senses, perfected by Leto, could hear the heavy footsteps plodding through leaves and bushes. The large, brown beast had returned. He spotted the grizzly in the corner of his eye. Wulfric rose up, gleaming knife in hand ready for his killing stroke. He held The Ranger's right arm down keeping his silver bladed beauty at bay. He instantly kneed Wulfric in the groin. He moaned and this loosened his grip on The Ranger's right forearm.
The Ranger extended his arm high above his head, parallel with the ground, tightened his grip and with full force, gritting his teeth, plunged the axe deep into the left side of Wulfric's neck and collar bone. Crimson blood sprayed everywhere including all over The Ranger's face and body. A huge droplet of blood landed on his eye patch, giving him a seemingly round red pupil against the black cloth.
The Ranger wasn't sure if it was an instant kill. Wulf rose to his feet howling as he backed up a few steps. The distractions in the fighting made The Ranger forget about his giant spiked trap directly behind the villain. Just one more step backwards and his opponent would fall through the leafed foliage thinly disguised as leafed ground.
As much pain as Wulfric was in, The back of his heel felt the emptiness of the pit. He smiled at the blood eyed man and once again raised his right arm in a sure killing stroke.
Wulfric wasn't even able to lower it as the giant brown beast flanked and tackled him from left. It’s immense strength and weight of the enraged grizzly bear fell upon him. Finally, it had a real dinner to dine on. It had patiently waited for the victor, whether it be Wulfric or The Ranger. Some small part of it hoped it would be the one with the longer hair, the other had fed it a good fish days earlier. The long haired man drove his knife deep into the bear's chest but to no avail. The bear scraped and scratched into his chest and belly. It bit deep into his already blood spattered neck, cracking and shaking it. Wulfric's limp body followed suit.
"Captain! Captain!" Wulfric maniacally screamed, “not like this!”
The Ranger ignored his plea for help. He could not do anything about it anyway. The starved beast
had already killed Wulfric several moments ago and his mind didn't fully comprehend it yet. He had also, made a deal.
It was a non-verbal agreement between hunters. The bear let The Ranger go, as long as he stayed out of his way
next time. He had lived up to that promise.
The Ranger almost felt sorry for Wulf as he walked away exhausted. Wulfric made his choice just like the others. He was even worse because he infected some decent crewmen with his sea madness. His thought about his ship, in tatters, it was sea worthy no more much to his disgust. As for his trusty silver axe? It would find its way back to him after the bear finished its meal. It always did.