I fell flat on
my face, my cheek resting against dirt as six large
men pounded on top of me hitting their arms against
my back. Their mighty brawn was no match for my own
however so with ease I jumped to my feet flinging the
other men into the air as the crowd of the coliseum
roared at my feat of strength.
"Ha, ha, ha!"
I boomed with a deep laugh, "None of you
weaklings are a match for me. I'll snap you all like
One of the men,
a particularly large wrestler, lurched towards me
with both his hands in readiness to grab my shoulders.
I simply stood out of the way pushing him to the
ground much to the amusement of the cheering
"Ha, ha, ha!"
I continued while resting my fists against my hips,
"Your feeble attempts amount to nothing."
Another of the
wrestlers took advantage while my back was turned
jumping onto me in an attempt to topple me over.
Grabbing hold of his legs I held him in a piggyback
fashion then span my body around and around forcing
him to fly out of my arms the moment I let go. His
dizziness caused him to wobble on his feet as he
tried to stand and ended up flaying across the
coliseum into the spectators who continued to roar
wrestlers had had enough and fled with fear.
"Ha, ha, ha,
ha!" I boomed raising my arms high and
addressing the crowd, "Is there no one to dare
I flexed my
muscles, continuing with my exaggerated laugh for a
few more moments, before turning my back and making
my way towards the coliseum entrance. A group of
archers began making their way inside ready to
entertain the crowd further. The overlapped voices,
cheers and laughter of the spectators echoed around
my head but one particular comment was all too clear.
2 - A Challenge Declared
challenge you!" Yelled a prepubescent voice.
I ignored it and
continued along my way.
not brave enough?!" This voice called out fully
aware that I could hear his comment.
I was still
willing to ignore him but the spectators had also
heard his challenge and they began to hush. Turning
around I looked toward the vast crowd trying to gauge
who had spoken. The sun was in my eyes distorting my
gaze so it took a few moments to make out who was
speaking. Part of me wished it was a larger than life
muscle-clad man but as he continued to heckle I saw
him sitting in the front row. It was a child.
challenge you for real!" The boy said in a
broken and put-on tough guy tone, "Everyone
knows your wrestling is fake, so I challenge you to a
real fight, a fight to the death!"
I laughed out
loud in the hope that the spectators would join in,
but to my surprise not many did so, I guessed they
were fed up with fake fighting too.
The boy's face
was distorted with anger and he was likely serious in
his childish little mind, but there was no way I
could fight a child for he wouldn't last no more than
a single punch. It was a crazy challenge. I was going
to have to wiggle out of it to save face.
I said calmly as approached, "What makes you
think you have even the slightest chance of
succeeding against me?"
The boy's face
you're a big fat fraud!" He chirped his response
causing the crowd to laugh with him.
I let out a
breath trying not to let the situation overwhelm me
just in case I did something stupid I would later
are you?" I asked guessing he was no more than
twelve at the most.
to defeat you!" He shouted as he jumped to his
feet and raised his fists.
With that the
spectators cheered and I was clearly losing the
battle of popularity with him. I wondered if I should
accept his challenge then simply spank him in front
of everyone to teach the little brat a lesson. I
leant forward trying my best to intimidate.
accepted," I responded calmly.
3 - A Battle Of Wills
The boy jumped
from his seat then ran as fast as he could slipping
against the dusty ground as he hurried into the
middle of the coliseum. The archers quickly started
making their way out not wanting any association with
the crazy battle that was to take place.
"Ha, ha, ha,
not too steady on your feet are you?" I laughed
at the boy who simply stood defiant with his fists in
I flexed my
muscles a few times to make him realise how foolish
he was acting but he continued to stare at me.
Shaking my head I walked over to him.
see that you come to any real harm," I told him
softly as to not let the spectators overhear, "But
you will get hurt I promise you, so I suggest you
back out now."
battle will end with you crying!" He yelled his
response before striking his fist at my belly.
I lurched back
as the crowd started laughing, but I was sure they
were laughing at me rather than with me. I wasn't
used to being made to look the fool and felt anger
The boy lurched
forward and began punching my abdomen with his fists
one after the other, I turned away only for him to
then start punching my back. I then felt his boot
kick me against the back of my leg causing me to
wobble and fall to one knee. The spectators went wild
with amusement as they cheered the boy.
annoying little runt!" I yelled as I turned and
grabbed the boy by his neck lifting him from the
ground while he kicked his feet in the air.
It took just one
punch from me to cause blood to spurt from his nose
and his body to fall limp. I threw him to the ground
and the crowd let out a silent gasp.
4 - The Winner
Some of the
archers and other wrestlers re-entered the coliseum
and raced over to the boy who remained lifeless on
the ground. There were screams from the spectators
and shouts of abuse directed toward myself.
out of your mind?!" One of my fellow gladiators
yelled at me.
My mind span and
I felt dizzy as the huge coliseum felt so small and
claustrophobic. Everything was a blur and all sounds
incomprehensible. Collapsing to my knees and covering
my hands over my face I began to immediately regret
what I had done. I was a monster. Why couldn't I
control my rage? I began to weep causing my tears to
flood between the gaps of my fingers before letting
out a loud cry of grief. Falling into a heap to the
ground I sobbed loudly.
A shadow was
then cast above me as the boy who had just regained
consciousness stood looking down at me. He wiped his
bloody nose across his sleeve.
"I said I'd
make you cry," he said with a smile.