"Has to end this way, does it, Victor?"
Eli was chatty now I had the noose around his neck. "Seems that way."
"What'd I ever do to you, Victor? Don't pretend this is about the law; you've got just as much paper on you."
"Other'n shoot my horse?"
"That was fer cheatin' at cards!"
"You stole that cash from me inna first place. Eli, let's not do this." I checked the knot. Good and tight.
"What, you want to go out friendly-like?"
"Naw. I'd just hate to waste a good revenge killin' if it turns out t'be my own fault."