Matthew Rhudy

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I always struggled with the thought of myself as a knight. Yet here I stood, facing my first true test of chivalry. The monsters descended upon the maiden, who cried out in distress. I pictured myself with my armor shining brightly in the sunlight, riding a great stallion cloaked in elegant robes to the maiden’s rescue with sword raised high. I reached for my sword, but my hands found my belt empty. I looked down to realize that I did not have my sword or a gallant steed to carry me toward my opponents. While my resolve temporarily weakened, the maiden’s cries for help reminded me that a true knight would not back away in the face of danger.

I fought against my hesitation and stepped toward the foul creatures. They teased and snarled as they circled their victim, unaware of my approach. I tightened my fists and gathered my strength. I let out a terrible roar, “Leave her alone you monsters!” Their piercing eyes lifted from their prey and met my stare head on. My instincts kicked in, and I rushed toward them with my fists raised threateningly.

To this day, I am still not sure whether it was the threat of my impending fists, or the intimidation of my battle cry, but my heroic gesture was enough to repel the foul beasts. As they fled, I now looked down at the poor girl, who was laying on the ground. Her dress was torn and dirtied from her fall. I reached out my hand to help her up. Her watery eyes looked at me with gratitude as she slowly got up. She threw her arms around me, hugging me close. “My hero!” she said adoringly.

For a moment I appreciated the thoughtful gesture, then I gently pushed her back. “That’s enough, Sis,” I said. I picked up her cell phone that she had dropped and politely handed it to her with a smile. “Come on. I’ll walk you home.” We headed down the sidewalk towards our house while she told me more about the bullies that were hassling her. “You’re the best brother ever!” my sister says in earnest. “Whatever,” I mumbled, while I secretly visualized myself in full knight’s gear standing tall atop a castle wall with my head raised high.

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