“A BRAVE HEART”
The old knight’s best advice for her was to study battle tactics because no matter how hard she tried, she was never going to become a good soldier.
Thankfully, Ning was intelligent and her brain was her only talent.
Her skin was burnt from training outside so much. She was covered in scars, especially her hands. Her hair was shorter than many boys’ and she was extremely thin. She still looked like a boy.
When her period started, the old knight explained her worst-case scenario.
“If you are caught by your enemies, you will be raped.”
Most women found in battlefields were either prostitutes or wives of the soldiers. In this world, killing prostitutes and raping regular citizens were banned.
However, a knightess was different. If a woman holding a sword was captured, they would be allowed to kill or rape her. They were to be considered as a soldier and therefore, they were treated like a man.
In Draconian's history, there have been a few renowned and revered knightess. They were amazing soldiers, but in the end, they were all killed.
Raped and murdered.
The old knight continued, “It might not even be your enemy who rapes you. It could be someone in your own army as well.”
“I know that too.”
Women were considered bad luck in battles and most men would not even acknowledge a female’s presence at the frontlines. It was public knowledge that some of those famous knightesses were actually murdered by their male fellow soldiers.
This was why most knightesses didn’t make it to the battle. A case like Ning’s was extremely rare.
“Why do you work so hard, Ning Xu? What are you working for?” The old knight asked Ning, who looked calm.
“I don’t know.” She said of the person who questioned him.
“A lack of goal can ruin a person.” The old knight giggled and back to serious.
“I have nothing else to do other than to work hard, to try my best.”
She knew that it didn’t matter. No matter how hard she worked, she knew how her life would end, but despite it all, Ning still tried. If she was a man, everyone would have praised her for her hard work, but because she was a woman, everyone laughed at her.
Her own little sister laughed at her she rolled her eyes'What a joke Tria'. Said inside her mind.
Tria ate her sweets and smiled sweetly. Her beautiful long hair was her pride and joy, and tria often teased Poliana about her short hair.
Whenever Triamade fun of her, the old knight told Tria to slap her. What Ning had to go through, and what she had to face in the future, were all because of her.
Once, Ning considered breaking Tria nose, but she decided against it. Her own parents abandoned her, and so Ning felt nothing for her family. She was not even angry at them.
It was odd how Ning didn’t feel anything. She didn’t feel happy, but she didn’t feel unhappy either. She didn’t know the purpose of her life.
NING wondered if she would be able to feel happiness in a battle. If she won, would she feel something? Happiness? Joy? If she succeeded in surviving the war and returned home, would she feel gleeful?
If she was given the chance to let her hair grow and learn piano, would her life be better?
She wanted to find happiness, and for now, the only thing she could do was to do her best to survive.
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