“How can you be so calm about it?“ his younger companion protested. “We’re going to die!”

Level brown eyes stared into his. “Aye, so? We all have to, lad, but there’s nothing as says we have to behave like craven cattle first.” The old man deftly disentangled the thread and held it out. “An’ another thing,” he continued, “I’ve been in about forty o’ these little affrays before, an’ them as came to kill me haven’t quite managed the job yet. It might well take ‘em as many tries afore they get ye, too! I’ve seen it all before, lad… take heart, and be easy, I say.”

  • Ed Greenwood. “All Shadows Fled.”

A nice account of calming green soldiers about to head into their first – and perhaps last – battle.