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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 here. Strange things happen. 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. Their souls are still here, still fighting their invisible, eternal battle. Their sacrifices and spirits protect our world. You are surrounded by the souls of warriors. Lower your head and listen. 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…”

Then, through the clouds and bright sunlight, an eagle swooped down, proudly spreading its wings. The eagle landed nearby and cast a fearless, clear look into the young samurai’s eyes and let out a piercing cry before soaring back up. The eagle’s cry tore the silence and opened the gates to another Reality.

The stunned samurai heard the voices of heroes, the clang of their swords, the outburst of their last brave 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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