I am unhappy.
The Noma went on gazing at him with her gentle smile.
Who are you?
He gave his full name, the name his father had chosen for him, the name he hated. Seeker after Truth.
Ah, yes. The schoolteachers son.
His father was the headmaster of the islands only school. He was raising Seeker to be a teacher like him.
Your life is your own, said the Noma. If its not the life you want, only you can change it.
Seeker made his way slowly back to the steps, and down the steps home, his mind filled by the Nomas words. All his life he had done what his father had asked of him. He had always been top of his class, and was now top of the school. He knew his father was proud of him. But he did not want to live his fathers life.
Seeker wanted to be a Noble Warrior.
Copyright © 2005 William Nicholson
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