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#SwiftFicFriday – Week 137 Winner!

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David A Ludwig (@DavidALudwig) flew the highest this week and takes his twenty-third win!

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Daisuke focused on his breathing. He had been at the provincial sky dock every dawn this week.

“Is he coming today?”

Daisuke’s little brother, Kohi, tugged at his hakama.


Daisuke focused on his breathing. A warrior must always be master of his emotions. Even as the sky junk sailed into view, he tried to keep his heartbeat constant. After over two months of absence, the young warrior’s master should return any day.

Being allowed to train under a master of Yamato Hideyoshi’s caliber was an honor far beyond what a halfling peasant had any right to. Gratitude was Daisuke’s mantra.

But still, it was hard not to anticipate what Master Yamato might bring back this time. It was impossible to get a proper weapon this far from the heart of the empire. After five years, Daisuke had finally saved up enough for his master to trade for a sword. Daisuke’s first sword.

Local porters tied the junk to the single dock and began unloading it. This far out, ships tended to sail with minimal crew and almost no passengers. The sight of this ship’s sole passenger inspired Daisuke to straighten importantly. Kohi did the same next to him.

“Welcome back, Master Yamato.”

The halfling brothers bowed deeply to the stone-faced elvish sword master, who grunted acknowledgment. Placing his wrapped bag on a low wall, Master Yamato withdrew a wrapped bundle over two feet in length to present to Daisuke with both hands.

“You may now call yourself a swordsman.”

Daisuke forgot to breathe. Accepting with hands he hoped weren’t trembling, he repeated his deep bow.

“Thank you so much, Master!”

Master Yamato grunted again and patted his travel bag.

“You may also tell your parents I will be coming by with a jar of my favorite sake.”


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