Trying not to let fear affect him, Joe said, “It’s not a trick. I don’t have any more to trick you with than you already see.”
The creature stepped toward him, and Joe decided against stepping back. They were more likely to attack if you showed fear. He’d learned that at least from the Abominators’ attachment to hierarchy.
If you acted like you were above them, they might attempt to throw you down, but they’d at least have to consider the possibility that you outranked them. If you were lucky, they’d submit out of ingrained habit.
The giant covered the forty foot distance in all too few steps. He stopped only ten feet away, forcing Joe to look up.