He had watched as the creature snatched the woman from the sacrificial altar. Had followed the beast through the jungle. Had seen the men that accompanied him on this rescue chase killed by the massive foe that they pursued. Had seen the beast fight to the death with a prehistoric monster that could only live in this jungle on this island that had been, until now, untrodden by the feet of white men. And now...
And now he hid behind a rock in the cliff top lair of this massive beast watching the woman he loved lie unconscious in the palm of the monster that men called Kong.
Kong was staring intently at the prone form in his hand, tugging at the torn clothing that barely covered her body, dropping, forgotten, the pieces that tore away from what remained of her ragged raiments.
Concern for his love growing rapidly, the man tried to move to a better vantage point to plot some sort of rescue. Skirting the cliff top ledge he was not quite careful enough, and sent a cluster of rocks clattering loudly down the cliff face.
"You can come out now, little man; you are in no danger from me." Kong, his booming voice still echoing through the cave behind them, turned towards him. "Unless I accidentally sit on you, of course."
Startled, he stammered "Y..y..you can talk?"
"Clearer than you, by the sound of it." Kong replied, his apish face managing a wry grin.
The man sat, astounded, looking up at this huge creature.
"Stop staring, little man. Anybody would think you'd never seen a talking ape before."
He could not help but laugh at that. "Well now you mention it, Kong, I haven't."
"Please don't call me that, little man. My name is Kevin, actually."
"Kevin?" he replied, stifling a laugh.
"You think that's funny, do you?" he asked, quietly, moving towards the man.
"Um, no. Sorry, er, Kevin. I just didn't expect it from such an imposing looking being. Mine's Joe."
The woman, still lying in the great ape's hand stirred. "Joe? Is that you?" She opened her eyes to find herself staring into Kevin/Kong's smiling face.
"Hello, little lady." he began, to which she promptly screamed and fainted.
"I wish she'd stop that, Joe." he lamented as he put her gently down on a bed of grass nearby.
"Well, Kevin, you're not exactly the sort of thing she sees every day back home. Now you mention it, I'm kinda stunned that I'm sitting here talking to you so calmly."
"I'm glad you are, Joe, I don't get many visitors here."
"What about all those ladies the natives keep sacrificing to you?"
"Well, er, that's different."
"I'll say. I saw you undressing Lisa when I got here. Hey, you weren't going to....."
Kong's laughter almost knocked Joe over. "I'm not an idiot, Joe. She fits in the palm of my hand. This," he continued with an obvious gesture, "doesn't. You do the math."
"Okay, but what have you been doing with all those women. The natives must have been sacrificing them to you for decades."
"Yeah they have and I'm getting quite tired of it actually, but they won't stop. They think that if they don't I'll break out and attack them. I didn't want to break out, I liked it here."
"Then what do you do with them all."
"Not much. I stopped taking them for a while, but then they blamed the women and just killed them themselves, so I started taking them again. Some of them are still wandering around the jungle, no doubt, but most just panicked, jumped off the cliff, starved to death, that sort of thing."
"Why did you start taking them in the first place?"
Kong looked shyly at Joe. "I was, er, young and, um, curious."
This time it was Joe's turn to laugh.
"It's not funny, Joe. I'm quite embarrassed about the whole thing, actually. Initially they looked so interesting, and sort of, um, appealing. You know, all soft and curvy. I learned pretty quickly what I could and couldn't do; some of it was quite tragic. One poor girl was caught sleeping between me and the wall early one morning while I was dreaming about what might be. Nothing glorious about that morning. I stopped actually touching them after that, so it's a real shame about the one I drowned."
Joe looked horrified at that thought, and the great ape looked almost as if he was blushing. "Hey, we all do it, Joe!"
They both laughed at that.
"So what were you doing to Lisa, then?"
"Well, all I usually do these days is bring them back here, then leave them to their own devices, but this one's different. She's pale, and her hair's all yellowy, I haven't seen anyone like that before. I guess my curiosity returned. I wasn't going to do anything, though."
"So, I can take her back with me, then?"
"Of course, there's nothing here for her. And, um, Joe?"
"Take me with you."
"I thought you liked it here?"
"I did. But the jungles really boring and those natives are bugging the shit out of me. Can I come?"
"Yeah, why not. I've got a friend back at the ship who came all this way just to meet you. Isn't he in for a surprise!"
Kong picked up Joe and the still unconscious woman and carried them back to the huge gate at the edge of the village.
"Put me up on the top of the wall, and I'll get the gate opened for us, Kevin."
"No need, Joe. Watch this." And with that the great ape kicked the gate square in the centre and Joe watched as it exploded outwards into the village, the huge log used to bar the gate snapping like a matchstick.
Joe looked up at Kong in surprise.
"I told you I hadn't wanted to break out. I didn't say I couldn't."
Joe and Kevin laughed all the way to the ship.