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Shoulder to Shoulder

by Alexey R. Basov

“What a strange and desolate place, Teacher. Not a living soul around. The silence feels peculiar and crushing. What is it?”

“People are afraid to come to this place. Strange things happen here. A fierce battle broke out in this valley many years ago. Back then, many samurai met their death courageously. The soil was covered in blood. By sacrificing their lives, the heroes managed to stop the hordes of bloodthirsty Mongols.
The souls of samurai are still here. They continue fighting their eternal invisible battle.

Their expiatory sacrifices and their spirits protect our world.
The souls of warriors surround you. Bend your head and listen. You will hear their voices.
They will tell you what a Warrior ought to be like. They will teach you everything. You will see them…”

“I don’t hear anything, Teacher. Only the wind…”

“Listen. Clear your mind. Listen to the silence…”

Somewhere from the great height, from the bright sun, an eagle swooped down, proudly spreading his wings. The eagle landed on the ground nearby and cast a fearless, clear look into the eyes of the young samurai.

Suddenly, the eagle let out a piercing cry, flapped its strong wings and soared upwards… The eagle's cry ripped the silence and opened the gates of another Reality…

The stunned samurai heard the voices of heroes, the clang of swords; he saw their handsome manly faces, strong hands holding swords, the unstoppable brave outburst of their last attack…

He joined their ranks... Shoulder to shoulder!


This is a chapter from
the book "Samurai. Spirit of the Warrior" by A. R. Basov

avaliable as an eBook (for Windows, Android, iOS) and a hardcover book (pre-order only).


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