July 18th, 2006


Fic: A Good Man

Why is it always the long-lost prince that has to overthrow the tyrant? Why is it always the hidden heir that has to set things straight? If they are worthy, capable of doing such great things, it seems like they would be a little less eager to simply abandon the people they've known all their lives.

All right, so maybe the point is that they have to grow up, and do so over the course of completing their task. But still, I can't help but wonder what would happen if they were already grown up when their guide/mentor came to claim them. And just what the would-be mentor's reaction would be on discovering they weren't dealing with a green youth.

He’d been eloquent (as he’d practiced long and hard to be), and no person in the boy’s position should have done anything but thrown his hammer aside and claimed his birthright.

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