Friday, September 27, 2013

Scout's Oath - Chapter 89

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David prepares for a duel with King Rat!


Men began moving away from King Rat before Martin's orders finished echoing around the tammar pit.  The rat king spun left and right looking for support from someone, anyone.  There was none to be found.

Whatever happened in the duel, King Rat was finished.  He had been shown to be too weak to be allowed to keep his throne.  Did David realize that?

"He's already lost everything, David," I said.  "Don't expect rational behavior from him."

Giving me a tired smile and a nod, David turned away and descended the stairs to the floor of the pit.  We all followed, spreading out around the wall of the pit and staying far from the surviving tammar.

"Let's get this over with," David said, stalking to the center of the circle.

King Rat roared in frustration and anger.  Sword held high, he charged at David!

Suddenly, David changed.  His movements became more graceful, quicker.  His straightened as if his weariness was washed away before my eyes.  As I have done so many times in the past, I prayed this Boost would not be the one which killed him.

David blocked King Rat's attack then kicked him in the backside as he ran past.  The king's eyes blazed at the insult.

King Rat spun, swinging his sword in a wide arc.  David ducked under the swing and slashed King Rat's sword arm.  As King Rat's sword dropped to the floor, David slugged the king across the jaw with his sword pommel.  King Rat collapsed, cringing at David's feet.

David shook his head in disgust.  "You're too pathetic to kill."

As weariness settled on him again, David turned his back on King Rat and walked toward me.  Behind him, King Rat rose, a dagger raised to plunge into David's unprotected back!

It appears David has dropped Boost.  Without it, can he react in time to save himself?  Find out in Chapter 90, coming Monday!