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! I boomed with a deep laugh, None
of you weaklings are a match for me. Ill snap
you all like a twig.
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
ha, ha! I continued while resting my fists
against my hips, Your feeble attempts amount to
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
other wrestlers had had enough and fled with fear.
ha, ha, ha! I boomed raising my arms high and
addressing the crowd, Is there no one to dare
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.
challenge you! Yelled a prepubescent voice.
ignored it and continued along my way.
none of you brave enough?! This voice called
out fully aware that I could hear his comment.
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
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!
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.
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 wouldnt 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.
child, I said calmly as approached, What
makes you think you have even the slightest chance of
succeeding against me?
youre a big fat fraud! He chirped his
response causing the crowd to laugh with him.
out a breath trying not to let the situation
overwhelm me just in case I did something stupid I
would later regret.
old are you? I asked guessing he was no more
than twelve at the most.
enough to defeat you! He shouted as he jumped
to his feet and raised his fists.
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.
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
ha, ha, not too steady on your feet are you? I
laughed at the boy who simply stood defiant with his
fists in the air.
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.
wont 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.
lurched back as the crowd started laughing, but I was
sure they were laughing at me rather than with me. I
wasnt used to being made to look the fool and
felt anger brewing inside.
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.
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.
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.
you out of your mind?! One of my fellow
gladiators yelled at me.
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 couldnt 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.
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.
said Id make you cry, he said with a