Monday, December 3, 2007

The Parting Blow

by Alexandra Erin


“It’s over,” he said, sheathing his rapier and turning contemptuously from his opponent.

“Damn it, man... finish it, then!” the defeated man cried.

“I will not do you that courtesy, sir,” the victor replied without turning.

“Why won’t you let me die with honor?”

“How on earth could you die with something you lived without?”

3 comments:

Mazzon said...

Oh, I figure it's easy to die with some things that one lived without. For example an axe embedded into one's head.

Crispy said...

I'm having Firefly flashbacks here. :-)

Austin said...

Like this?

[Mal refuses to kill the prone, humiliated Atherton.]
Mal: Mercy is the mark of a great man.
[He lightly stabs Atherton.]
Mal: Guess I'm just a good man.
[He repeats the poking.]
Mal: Well, I'm all right.