Daily Prompt: Opponent

From Inside the Grey House:

Natalia stood tall, staring down the end of the blade at her opponent, willing her hand to stop shaking. She took three deep slow breaths until the shaking stopped, then bowed. “Ready.”

The room hushed as Joseph advanced slowly. He started circling. She let him. He and Vincent had similar fighting styles. They liked to circle their prey, waiting for the weaker challenger to show fear. Knowing she had to take him down with smart tactics and some trickery, she dipped her sword down. Natalia let the sword shake and changed her blank expression to show her true feelings. Joseph simply laughed. He knew her ploys. As his eyes closed for a second, she lunged forward and slashed at his extended arm. It killed his laughter. He didn’t know all her ploys.

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