A young man facing a firing squad together with his daemon.
Daemons are a concept in Philip Pullman's "His Dark Materials", they are animal-shaped sentient beings, that are a part of the human's personality, their other self. They are together from birth to death, cannot go far away from each other and one's death results in another's immediate demise.
Humans and their daemons are each other's closest things, they have deepest emotional bonds, and yearn to console each other when in distress.
However these two won't let their executioners think they are afraid or weak, no matter how much they actually want to embrace one another in their last moments.