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Me at 18, being typical cynical. Fresh-out of high-school kid believed in the "I've given up in humanity" bullcrap working at a summer job at an amusement park, operating rides.
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🎌 In Feudal Japan, 2 Samurai Families are Constantly at War...

  花は摜木人は武士

  One day, the eldest sons of the two Families got together and decided to put a stop to all the fighting and bloodshed between their clans. To the dismay of their closest relatives and companions, the two announce that they had agreed - they were going to have a duel to the death. The winner would bring his family glory, and the other family would be forced to leave the territory for good.


The night before the duel, the Father of one clan approached his son and asked him why he decided to do this. Surely there was another way. The son responded he could no longer stand the fighting and would rather die than deal with it any longer.


Besides, he was older and knew he could easily best the eldest son of the opposing clan. He also had a superior disarming technique and could quickly end it all. He was certain of his victory.


He continued to meditate and focus until the very moment of the duel. He could practically visualize the battle. He knew his opponents every move- he had spied on the past training sessions of his rookie opponent and knew his every weakness. He was ready.


When the time came, he donned his gear and made his way to the Arena. They approached each other from opposing ends. They stopped. Both bowed low in respect.



Then as they lifted their heads back up, it was a flurry of sparks and slashes as the two went head-to-head.


Such a display of combative grace had never been seen before. Both were clearly masters of their craft. As they continued to exchange blows, the older of the two saw his opening and struck.



The younger fighter's sword hand had been lost. However, at that very moment the sword spun in a way that cut off both legs of the older fighter, dropping him to the floor in a splatter of blood.


The younger fighter reached down and picked his sword back up with his left hand and finished his downed opponent in a quick display of mercy.



Later, as the Heads of both clans met to sign their peace treaty, the Father of the older fighter approached the younger fighter. He told him that he held no animosity toward him - he fought valiantly to the very end. He only blamed his own son's foolishness, and as he walked away, he muttered sadly to himself...


"I just don't understand where he went wrong. He was supposed to be the greatest Samurai of our time..."


To which the younger fighter responds:


"He was indeed an excellent fighter, but while he was focused on disarming me, I simply focused on de-feeting him."



Author: Totally a Banana

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