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A Destiny Fulfilled

A Destiny Fulfilled

The mightiest warrior in the land, Malek of Gath, prepared for his battle to the death--a duel with the champion of the opposing army. 


He said goodbye to his concubine, Nisa, and rode his chariot to the battleground with his shield- bearer, Kabeer.


Malek had often wondered what his destiny was to be. Today that question would be answered.

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I really like this story. Your writing style and detailed descriptions kept me engaged from beginning to end. I love classic or well-known stories told from a different perspective. It's easy to think of an antagonist as two dimensional, just evil. It's interesting to look from his perspective and see the third dimension; his life experiences and motivations. You created an interesting character that elicits empathy from the... Show more

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J.C. Laird

Thank you for your kind words, they are greatly appreciated. For a number of reasons, I hadn't written a short story in a long time. Your comments help provide the encouragement needed to keep me on the right track.

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I was really delighted when I began reading this tale set in the ancient middle east. Your powers of description are so sharp, and the way you easily give your characters life in the locale you've chosen for them is impressive.

So, so interesting, this different perspective telling of a tale we've all heard so many times. Made me smile when I read it, and when I finally figured out just who this Malek was. I actually LIKED... Show more

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J.C. Laird

Thank you, Patrick. Your comments are appreciated and mean a lot to me.

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Magnificent. Seeing this from the Philistine's point of view, giving him a life, a personality, makes this unique.

As always, your skill as a writer is obvious, but in this work, it's absolutely breathtaking. I also enjoyed the details, like about the three stones chosen from the brook. This is the first retelling I've encounters that gives a satisfactory explanation of how the battle played out.

You missed a close-quote mark... Show more

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J.C. Laird

Wow! I am humbled to receive a glowing review from such a talented writer as yourself. After taking a much too long hiatus from writing, your opinions give me the confidence that I am back on the right track.

Thank you again, your comments carry a lot of weight.

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