By Mike Resnick.
Read by Matthew Wayne Selznick (of Brave Men Run and Five Minute Memoir).
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First appeared in Young Warriors, ed. Tamora Pierce & Josepha Sherman.
All stories by Mike Resnick.
All stories read by Matthew Wayne Selznick.
Now, this Land was the home of exceptionally brave warriors
and beautiful damsels (and occasionally they were the same person,
since beautiful damsels were pretty assertive back then). Each
young boy and girl was taught all the arts of warfare, and were
soon adept with sword, mace, lance, bow and arrow, dagger, and the
off-putting snide remark. They were schooled in horsemanship,
camouflage, and military strategy. They learned eye-gouging, ear-biting, kidney-punching, and — since they were destined to become
knights and ladies — gentility.
So successful was their training that before long enemy
armies were afraid to attack them. Within the borders of the Land
justice was so swift that there was not a single criminal left. It
would have been a very peaceful and idyllic kingdom indeed —
except for the dragons.
Rated G. It’s a children’s story. Not recommended for cynical audiences.