The two young cadets drew their swords and edged towards Tom. “We’ve got him now, Harris,” he said to his friend.
As the youth lunged, Tom deflected the blow. The attacker plunged head-first into a horse trough, carried by his momentum. He came up again, spluttering.
Harris lowered his wooden sword and burst out laughing. “I think the boy’s got you, Roger!” Tom smiled too. “I think maybe that’s enough practice for today,” Tom said.
Both cadets nodded and walked away. Across the Palace courtyard, Captain Harkman was taking another group of trainee soldiers through an advance-and-retreat drill.
They’re already getting good, Tom thought, as the young men huddled close, protecting each other’s flanks with their shields. I just hope they never have to put their skills into practice. ---It might be very exciting to go on Beast Quests, but even a hero like Tom would prefer to never have to fight a living creature. Happy International Day of Peace! ☮
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