Billy Williamson was a bad man, that is to say a very not nice man. His entire life was an exercise in being very not nice, bad. By the age of six he was torturing small animals, people we wont to blame his poor confused parents, but really no one had an idea why as he progressed in age and nastiness. Billy was not particularly large or strong and he certainly was not attractive. Billy Williamson was mediocre in all respects but one – meanness. If he managed a bit of charm it had only one end and that was an unkindness, and worse – it needed have no point, no rationale beyond that it brought someone or something pain. It is sometimes said of a person that they are a waste of skin or a misuse of oxygen – in a rational universe Billy Williamson would have had neither, unfortunately the universe does not enforce rationality.
Billy’s environs had the fortune that few people found him to be likable and many animals seemed to have a natural sense of mistrust because any who had sustained contact came to regret that, providing they survived the experience. Sadly, living in a large city provided Billy with enough … fodder … that his proclivities produced an extensive list of victims. Such numbers naturally enough led to a rap sheet of sorts, not as a long as one might expect from such a person due to the lack of criminality of most of his depredations and the fear induced in the victims of actual crimes. No confidants could betray him; they simply did not exist thanks to his to the core rottenness. Time spent with Billy Williamson had only one end – harm.
The police were very nearly oblivious to his existence, he moved among no particular grouping beyond that which marks powerless victims. The poor are the most powerless but the inability to retaliate extends far beyond that simple categorization and Billy had an almost preternatural instinct to select for that. He roamed the city freely dealing destruction as long as he stayed within those parameters. Billy made an error in judgment one day, it was inevitable that it would happen and so it did.
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