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A Letter to Nordem Sparks

 
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 7:47 am    Post subject: A Letter to Nordem Sparks Reply with quote

The letter would have a long way to go though the smith was sure that the Rhydinian mail company could deliver it though. It had been a long time since Nord had left. Kruger missed the old running partner, even though the two rarely spoke in all those miles. They were silent together, sharing in something that had put a strange sort of bond on Kruger at least. He put the pen to the paper and began to scrawl out a message that he wasn’t sure he would be able to have make sense.

Nord,

Been a long time, I hope you found the fight you were always looking for. You know that victory has never really been my own issue to achieve, and it has always worked for me. I am outclassed by so many fighters that for me taking them the distance is my victory. To keep punching when my arms are too tired to hold up and my legs will barely move, that is what the fight is to me. Still I find myself in a strange place. Captain of a team and I have no idea why I was chosen.

My own record, and the direction of my fights has always been a choice I make. You will remember that I choose to fight well beyond my own level on purpose. I haven’t been unsuccessful in such bouts, but now I am not simply dependant on myself, others are depending on me as well. Not just to win a few fights but to support them, to make decisions that will determine who they fight, when they do. I just don’t know if I am the man for this job. The thought of having so many looking to me unnerves me some. I am not worried about the fights themselves, not mine anyway. Inside the ring we both know that no team can help you, it is you against your opponent.

That is preferable to me, I don’t know why I agreed to this Nord. I was crazy enough to believe that perhaps I had something to offer, now we face our first event on Friday. The card is set and while I have taken the heaviest burden myself, I worry that perhaps I am asking too much of my teammates. How do I look at them if every decision I have made is one that leads to utter defeat? Train harder, I heard you the moment you thought it. You are of course right about that, and perhaps what I am feeling is normal prematch jitters. I feel the burden though of knowing all of us have something to do, a part to play for the whole. Jonas, he’s a good guy, but lacking in experience, I wanted to show him my confidence in him. I want the team to show theirs as well. To perhaps give him the boost he needs to fight far beyond his level. His opponent has years over him in the ring.

Much of the team is what I would call underdogs, but they are my underdogs. They are mine though aren’t they? I miss our runs Nord, I miss the harmony of stride and the silent acknowledgment that we shared. I could wish that you were part of the team, but I am sure I would try to pass my own uncomfortable place off onto your shoulders. I can’t do that though, for good or ill this is my fight. I will give it every ounce of energy and thought I have.

I want to know about you too though. Your departure was abrupt I might even say unexpected, but I would never say it was out of character for you. You were always the best of us, and determined to test yourself to the fullest. I know that some of the others might have been shocked, me I was happy for you. Despite the lack of your solidness at my side, I want what is best for you. I only hope that you were able to pull something from me to make up for all that you gave. I really only think Robin understood the profound effect you had on me. I can’t say for sure, Robin always seemed to want more for all of us. Maybe that was why she was so good at what she did.

You’re right though, I was chosen for a reason and I need to find what it is that the others saw in me. I think I am gonna quit writing now Nord. I think I will go for a run.

Hoping this letter finds you still standing when all others have fallen,

Krugs

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2013 11:12 am    Post subject: To Persist Reply with quote

Kruger,

I was surprised to hear from you (in a good way!). I don't get a lot of mail, but then again a lot of people don't have this address. Of course the right courier in Rhydin was bound to have the information.

I've been keeping busy in Emerald City. I'm sorry there hasn't been anything exciting going on to mention, at least nothing I can think of off the top of my head. No defeats yet to speak of. I still run a lot. The competitive scene is better here than it has been for years and I feel my training going to good use for the first time in a long time. It's been a busy year, though, and it doesn't look to be slowing down any. Robin's father, Bruce Mackay, has been managing me since August of last year, and I haven't had much time to do much else aside from training and defending my title.

I should report everyone's in good health. Techichi, you may or not know, came along with us when we left Adenna for a new realm with better challengers. She initially agreed to a three month camp a part of my program but it now looks like she may be staying with us for a little longer. Bruce is older now, and I try to keep this in mind when we train, but he's still the tough old bastard that coached me to my first belt and we're not going to change that formula much to keep obtaining them.

I do miss our Adenna days. I miss our runs. Things are lonelier out here, and I keep myself separated from a lot of our gym's fighters. Our paces are different, as are our agendas. Too many kids not sure if they want to go all the way or not. Maybe if I wasn't so busy, or Bruce, we'd help a few of them along. That's one thing I miss about Adenna. Those kids had devotion, and they were always serious about whatever they were doing. That's how it should be when you join a gym.

I miss Robin. I don't know if you stay in touch with her, but I'd like to hear how she's doing. I'm sure she's fine, but it would put my mind at ease. I haven't been able to visit and I assumed that if she was free, or cared to, she'd come see one of my fights, but I haven't seen her there yet. We are both probably too busy in all honesty. I might have to swallow my pride and be the first to apologize. If I get time to visit her, I'll think about it. Maybe this holiday season after my November defense.

I'm glad to hear you haven't stepped back from your proud footing. I always liked that about you, and I think it has no finer place (or chance) to shine than at the head of a team you say you're captaining. I'm not retirement age to start coaching, but I have managed a few camps a few years ago, and I guess the advice I have to give regarding leadership and whatnot is to keep up communication with your crew. It's not so much about what you say as it is saying it at all, and continuing to say it—to all of them. I have no concerns about you wording your morale and encouragement speeches properly, just remember to always do it—it needs constant repeating—and especially for the quiet one in the back of the gym. Trust me on that, always draw out the quiet ones into participation, because if I remember that time correctly, two such students were named Terry and Shannon.

Be well, Kruger, and remember to keep your fists up.

Regards,
Nordem
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