I walked away from the house and stumbled across an onlooker, one that approached me as soon as he saw me.
– So how did it go? Did you win? Was it challenging?
I told him of my reluctance but did explain it and he didn’t wait for it.
– I challenged the Winstrate family, but four matches in a row is tough going… they destroyed me. I need to hone my battle skills before I try it again.
His demeanour was one of defeat but his eyes were clearly lit with a will to keep on fighting, I just hoped to regain my own eventually.