20. The Voice of Experience
My son started his sword training today. My daughter stands before me, indignant.
"May I not learn too, Mama? I am two years older than Elboron!"
My husband, in his wisdom, has left this for me to decide.
And so I tell her: "No child, the sword is not for you."
And I will find some way to distract her, to make it up to her - lessons in music instead, a new horse, a trip to the city - anything will do.
But I will not be so cruel as to bring her up to a life she can never lead.
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