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By Dave Duncan
The very last thing Wallie Smith remembered used to be a fog of hospitals, grim-faced medical professionals, and discomfort. So while he woke within the physique of a barbarian swordsman, attended by means of a stunning slave lady and a wizened outdated priest nattering concerning the Goddess, he assumed it used to be a fever-dream.
But the realm couldn't be brushed aside so frivolously. a unadorned little demigod referred to as Shorty defined that the Goddess wanted a swordsman. If Wallie undertook the task and succeeded, all that global needed to supply will be his. If he refused, the implications may be...unpleasant.
Wallie was once now not confident, yet Shorty used to be exquisitely persuasive. quickly Wallie discovered himself bearing a powerful sword, without thought how one can use it -- and the servants of the Goddess have been out to prevent him.
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The minor problem permits the alternative of blades for simply that cause. You your self, because the top swordsman within the valley, would regularly be receiving the minor problem should you didn't have that defense. ” You sneaky rattling smart-aleck! Wallie idea bitterly. something approximately Tarru — he was once no idiot. If Wallie insisted on his personal interpretation, then Tarru will be loose to force him out of the barracks with an unending string of demanding situations. “I imagine Adept Gorramini may still reconsider,” Wallie acknowledged loudly. “I am certain that he has no deadly purpose, yet he needs to keep in mind that Apprentice Nnanji is my liegeman. ” And in all probability Gorramini used to be Tarru’s. If both guy died within the bout, then his liege must avenge him. by surprise the potential of a bloodbath was once placing over the fencing flooring. Wallie gave Tarru what he was hoping used to be a significant and dangerous stare. “Then allow us to agree that it's a bare match,” Tarru acknowledged without delay. that didn't suggest undressed, it intended that onus of vengeance were waived. however the curious number of phrases — allow us to agree — used to be an implicit acknowledgment that Gorramini had sworn the blood oath, additionally. Gorramini was once now donning a startled expression, as if he had no longer anticipated issues to move that a ways. “You won't reassess, adept? ” Wallie requested, addressing him for the 1st time. Gorramini glanced momentarily at Tarru, licked his lips, after which acknowledged, “No! ” firmly. every person waited for Wallie’s selection. As a 7th be may well factor a veto, yet he knew that it was once too overdue. Nnanji’s eyes have been looking at him, silently pleading like a spaniel’s. He were sheltered from Briu by way of his mentor. it'd be shameful to be kept that approach back, and on his personal problem. Gorramini had his orders and will no longer disobey. Tarru had labored it rather well — he used to be most likely going to lose a follower, for Nnanji have been scuffling with like a champion, yet Tarru may perhaps come up with the money for a loss. Wallie couldn't. Many males who have been stable with foils have been paralyzed while confronted with an area and some degree. Nnanji must turn out himself certainly. “A bare fit, then,” Wallie stated. Nnanji yelped with pride and hurled his masks within the air. possibly it was once bravado, might be he fairly felt that means. nobody within the crowd spoke, however the faces radiated anger and disapproval. there has been an important hold up whereas a primary used to be despatched working to convey a healer. Then the 2 again jointly, and the duel may possibly start. Now there have been no mask, no judges, purely razor metal opposed to flesh. Ghaniri improved to be his friend’s moment. Wallie likewise moved to Nnanji’s left. the 2 principals confronted one another, either grinning expectantly. Nnanji despatched Wallie a wink. “We are ready,” Wallie acknowledged officially. “Now! ” acknowledged Gorramini. the 2 swords hissed from their scabbards and met with a clang. Clang. Clang. Clang . . . They have been toe to toe and whirling their blades, neither keen to backpedal. Wallie felt sweat prickle on his brow. either males have been struggling with good up in Fourth rank, might be inspiring one another. Clang-clang-clang .