I’ve got to ask if you can name three? Oh, I want to start off with the one I’m so sure will win the fight. It’s not the right horse, but the one that will make the biggest difference.
“And maybe this will be all that you need to do. It might not be the easiest thing to do, but I would rather you do things my way, than any other way.”
The second year’s duelist’s head shot up, but he still didn’t give up. He had to find some way to get rid of his pride. He took his sword out of its sheath and put it away next to his arm, thinking he might put it in his pocket as a backup weapon.
“Alright,” he replied, glancing back out the window. “I’ll fight it out.”
“Fight what?” asked the boy.
“I mean, what’s the meaning of it? A man must win, must defend his woman and must protect her and his honor,” he answered back. “Is that so hard to believe?”
“That’s right and-”
“There’s still the matter of the sword and who made it,” he continued with slight exasperation. “Why was I handed such an important weapon? You are supposed to be a young man, and yet you are the man I wanted to meet on my own terms, in the place where it is safest to meet without the fear of being shot.”
“That’s because the man handed it to me,” replied the duelist, his mind going further along the path of logic than it had been before. “I was not expected to use it. I could have gotten rid of it and returned it to its owner, but that would have risked the lives of all concerned. I took it so that I can use it when I need to. It was my decision, not the sword’s, that I should use it.”
“And there is the matter of the blade,” continued the duelist. “The moment it comes to me, the sword is yours. If you break it, I have no claim to your possessions or property. But if you use it, as you’ve stated, I have no claim and will not ask you to return it, even if you should happen to die doing so.”
“Yes, I believe you,” his opponent said. His blue eyes stared at him in utter shock.
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