I Am A Sword-Wielder.

I Am A Sword-Wielder.

The scars tell my story...

Pain. It seems like that is all I have to offer. I am a sword wielder. All that means is I have a sword and when the money is good; I’ll use it. Sword wielders are wanderers, simple folk. As a career journeyman you learn to pack light and how not to care about things. All I own fits on my back. I do not need much. The armor I wear is the only clothing I own. The mail is worn and well-used, but I cannot afford to buy new mail. It works for the moment and that’s all I care about. So what that the chains near the end of the sleeves are beginning to separate and become ratty? I am not a young man anymore, therefore I do not have to protect myself as well as I used to. Before, once the armor rusted or the chains in the mail disconnected, I would run out and find a smith. But now it’s like… whatever. The metal is still good. The armor is solid. No need to replace it. What is the point?

Everything I own is old. The leather of my pants is worn, cracked and sun-bleached. But only in the parts that are not covered by the armor plates. I wear a shin plate, and a thigh cover. I used to wear knee plates but I lost one in a skirmish with a difficult client. Then I just sold the other one for the scrap metal. My body fells more like a rental at this point in my life. Like I do not own so I should stop taking good care of it, right? So now I do not wear knee plates. Honestly I was surprised by the offer I got for the knee plate when I sold it. I do not care about my armor. It is a suit of misfits. Bits and pieces I picked up here and there. It is not a complete set and the metal does not even match. But who really cares? The newest part is the helmet. A wonderful piece, a black steel with a full face cover. It is a solid piece that slides up and down of my head. I used to have helmets with face covers that move, but they need more upkeep then a solid piece of metal. Plus, now no one see my face.

I don’t like it when people see my face. My business is death. I literally kill people for a living. Most people do not like being killed. Therefore, they tend to fight back. After spending a career in sword-wielding, I have a face full of scars. Swords have collided with my face more than once. I have no sight in my left eye. The massive scar covers my face and cuts through the now gray and dead eye. It scares children, a lot. Therefore, I like the helmet that covers my face. I bought it from some old hag that was married to a sword-wielder. She had no idea what it was worth; she just want to get rid of it. Amazing though that a sword-wielder had a wife. It is a lonely profession that does not attract much attention. In my experience, people only pass over you and pretend you do not exist. Unless they want to hire you. If they want to hire you, then scars could be important. I have a lot of scars from to blades that miss the plates, covers and mail. But if you have a lot of scars, people will see that and want to hire you. Scars mean that you have killed before, and they want an experienced killer. Scars also mean dedication. It means you did not give up and still went for the kill even though you were injured. But on the other hand, scars could mean that you are old. That you are worn out and broken. They could see your scars and think that you are bad at killing because the target hit you.

All my scars are old scars. Scars are a young man’s game. Killing can be done by brute strength or by cunning. Once you get old and the strength is not there anymore, you have to outsmart your opponent instead of overpowering them. But once you have the scars, people treat you differently. They are marks on your skin that tell stories. Only you know the story your scar tells, but most people look at them and judge.

My arm and leg covers and plates were all bought second-hand. My mail is the only piece that was made for me. Therefore, my armor looks like a scrap heap. So, you want to talk about felling judged? On top of the scars, I have all this mismatched armor. The eyes follow me and none of them speak a kind word. It does not matter. I am a journeyman. I will simply go to the next town. The path is long and my time is short. Walking is simple, and all you have to do is walk.

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A Letter To My Go-To Aunt

Happiness is having the best aunt in the world.

I know I don't say it enough, so let me start off by saying thank you.

You'll never understand how incredibly blessed I am to have you in my life. You'll also never understand how special you are to me and how much I love you.

I can't thank you enough for countless days and nights at your house venting, and never being too busy when I need you. Thank you for the shopping days and always helping me find the best deals on the cutest clothes. For all the appointments I didn't want to go to by myself. Thank you for making two prom days and a graduation party days I could never forget. Thank you for being overprotective when it comes to the men in my life.

Most importantly, thank you for being my support system throughout the numerous highs and lows my life has brought me. Thank you for being honest even when it isn't what I want to hear. Thank you for always keeping my feet on the ground and keeping me sane when I feel like freaking out. Thank you for always supporting whatever dream I choose to chase that day. Thank you for being a second mom. Thank you for bringing me into your family and treating me like one of your own, for making me feel special because you do not have an obligation to spend time with me.

You've been my hero and role model from the time you came into my life. You don't know how to say no when family comes to you for help. You're understanding, kind, fun, full of life and you have the biggest heart. However, you're honest and strong and sometimes a little intimidating. No matter what will always have a special place in my heart.

There is no possible way to ever thank you for every thing you have done for me and will continue to do for me. Thank you for being you.

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15 Thing Only Early 2000's Kids Will Understand

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This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.


Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.


Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.



You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

4. Silly bands.


You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.


The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers


You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.


The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

8. "Education Connection"

You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

9. " The Naked Brothers Band"


The "Naked Brothers Band" had a short run on Nickelodeon and wrote some absolute bangers including, "Crazy Car' and "I Don't Wanna Go To School"

10. Dance Dance Revolution


This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

11. Tamagotchi


Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

12. Gym Scooters


You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

13. Scholastic book fairs


Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.



Who knew that putting yogurt in a plastic tube made it taste so much better?

15. Slap Bracelets


Your school probably banned these for being "too dangerous".

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