First part here.
It turned out to be señoritos, rich land owners, who had killed them. They stopped by later that day, making a lot of threats, but no one could do anything.The killings continued. Every morning they found new bodies.
The Guardia Civil, the village military police, was no longer to be seen.
The next day Pedro went out to milk the goat again, but once again the goat was milked. This time the bucket was gone.
A bit confused Pedro looked around the barn. No milk anywhere, but the goat was empty. And there couldn’t have been anyone here. Could there?
So someone have been stealing our milk… That’s odd. It had never happened before. He was worried.
Every morning someone was found dead. The rich men from the city had said they would kill everyone who had voted against the old system. Pedro knew he was in danger.
Life went on, though. They never went anywhere in the night time, but he was worried of who had stolen the milk. The revolutionaries would not steal from him, he knew that. They were occupied taking down the ones in power.
This morning things seemed to be back to normal. He was going down to meet his cousin and some friends to talk about the situation. They couldn’t let people keep disappearing. He went to milk the goat before he left, and was picking up some utensils when he heard something behind him. He turned around.
He was astonished. He had never really believed in the gnomes, but there it was. The same little creature he’d seen the other day. It was real.
Hey! It said. You want some milk? He kicked the milk bucket over. Pedro looked at the milk on the floor…
What did you do that for?
The little creature glared at him viciously. Then he kicked the goat in the butt.
Hey stop that! What do you think you’re… The little gnome came running towards him. Kicked him in the leg. Why you little… Now he was getting angry.
He tried to kick it, but he missed. He tried again. The little soul less gnome was too fast. It picked up a log from the floor. Hit him in the ass with it. Pedro was really pissed now. He grabbed a long stick meant to be the handle for a broom.
Now you’ve done it, he said, hitting for the little man. Missing. All the time. The duende, on the other hand got it quite a few punches. After a long fight he was lying on the floor, exhausted. The little man was sitting on the bench laughing. Pedro was defeated He got up, limped out of the barn.
He walked down towards town. He saw a large group of people further down. They were talking, shouting. People were running up and down the slope. Pedro walked over, slowly, his whole body was hurting.
There were three bodies on the ground. One of them was his cousin. If it wasn’t for the fight with the little man, Pedro would have been one of them.
They just shot them down! Señor Gomez was terrified. Who will be the next? Who will be the next!?
Pedro’s mother was there, crying her eyes out. You have to leave, Pedro! It’s too dangerous here for you now!
Pedro knew she was right. He went home.
I have to go, he said to his wife when he arrived.
She said nothing, ran to the bedroom and started packing.
The same afternoon they left for the forest.