"This is getting ridiculous." I spoke to Candravar, frustrated at the amount of imperfections with this competition. Something bad was obviously going on.
"I know, but all will be well when we have finished."
"No, I don't think so." I muttered bu he didn't hear. He was too busy looking after Axel.
I looked to Aldrest. He had grown in stature it seemed since his fight, and I had a sudden feeling that he was on his way to becoming the warrior I always knew he would. I slipped over to him.
"You did well, even if you were stupid to pick a fight." He turned and smiled.
"I wasn't going to let him try and push himself on you."
"That's very kind but I could have handled it."
"I have no doubt. But sooner or later you're going to have to realise you can't do everything on your own."
"Why not?" I was indignant, I'd always been strong on my own.
"Because no one can do everything on their own Shizuma. Eventually someone like that is going to come along with his friends and..."
"Never!" I spat. "That will never happen again as long as I..." Oops. I'd never given anyone a hint towards what had happened before Candravar had found me. Aldrest was staring at me and for once in my life I dropped my head. I felt my eyes welling up and embarrassed that I should show emotion I turned and disappeared in to the nearest tent, which thankfully was empty.
I heard the tent ruffle behind me.
"Aldrest I'm really not in the mood to talk..."