Written on: March 11, 2012
Soldier A: Why do you wear the armour all the time? This place is safe.
Soldier B: Maybe safe for you, but this place is not safe for me.
Soldier A: But we are at our home base. No enemies are here to attack you.
Soldier B: Home base is still a base. You never know when the enemy will invade it, or if they have placed spies. If they have placed spies, the moment you take off your armour is when they come and attack you.
Soldier A: I am hardly wearing any armour. This sword and shield is all I have to protect myself. And look, here I am standing beside you, alive and in one piece! Our combat skills are more or less the same if we’ve made it this far; so if I can defend myself, why can’t you?
Soldier B: Surely we can both defend ourselves. But how do you defend yourself from an ambush attack? I used to be as reckless as you, thinking that my combat skill is all I need to win in battles. But no, defence is important.
Soldier A: Reckless?
Soldier B: How are you supposed to attack if you are already injured? You would think some would defend you while you attack, but do they? When an enemy charges at you, do you wait and hope for your allies to come and defend you? No. Most of the time they are either too far or too busy defending themselves. In that case, it is your armour that will protect you. Your armour is your only protection from the harsh reality that you are in.
Soldier A: But this is your home base, not the battle ground.
Soldier B: Home base is a sanctuary within the battleground. Surely it is safer to be with your allies, but you are never safe as long as you are still situated within the battleground.
Soldier A: Do you not feel safe around me?
Soldier B: What? Of course I do feel safe around you. You are the only one I can trust within this home base.
Soldier A: Then why don’t you take off your armour in my presence?
Soldier B: I don’t know… you could be a spy. Not that I think you are. I mean, you don’t seem like you are one. But there is that possibility.
Soldier A: Oh dear, seriously? Now that’s messed up.
Soldier B: No it is not messed up. Before you arrived at the base, and when I was as reckless as you are, I had a friend here. “Had” because he turned out to be a spy, and stabbed me in the back while I least expected. It missed my heart by a few inches so I was well again after some very long time of recovery. It was because of my recklessness that allowed this to happen.
Soldier A: I’m sorry, but no, it wasn’t your fault. He was just a very skilled spy. What happened to him after?
Soldier B: I’m not sure. After I was stabbed, I grabbed whatever I could find within my reach and speared it at him. I passed out right after that moment but I was known for having good aims. I don’t think it was a miss but I wasn’t sure how lethal it was for him.
Soldier A: That was a long time ago, wasn’t it? I’ve been at the base for quite a long time already. Your back is long healed and you have fought in many battles between those times. I swear I have even seen you without your armour several times too.
Soldier B: I have, but that’s because I was with the others whom I was not that close with.
Soldier A: That makes no sense. Shouldn’t you be putting on more armour if you are with those that you are not close with?
Soldier B: No. They cannot harm me because they have seen how I fight and I give them the impression that I am tough. But you, you know too much about me.
Soldier A: What’s wrong with that?
Soldier B: If there was a spy among them, I intimidate them, so they won’t set me as a target. You on the other hand, if you were a spy, I’ll be done for the moment I remove my armour. As a result, the closer I get to you, the more armour I will need to put on.
Soldier A: I am not a spy.
Soldier B: I don’t trust you. And only a spy would say such a thing.
Soldier A: But you’ve just said you do.
Soldier B: I said I trust you more than I trust them.
Soldier A: Then it makes more sense to have less armour in my presence.
Soldier B: Yes and no. How else do you think you were able to know me so well?
Soldier A: Ok, so if you have risked before, and nothing happened, why not keep risking? If I was a spy, that would have given me so much opportunities to stab you. But clearly I have not stabbed you once.
Soldier B: You’ve injured me before in our training. I am sure that was by accident. But I’m scared and don’t want to have even a chance of that happening again. For all I know, you could be testing it out and then strike once you have gathered all you need to know.
Soldier A: Ok fine then, let’s say I was the spy. Give me a reason to spend all these times going after you rather than anyone else at this camp.
Soldier B: Well…
Soldier A: That’s because you think you are better than everyone else, so that any spy that eliminates you would end up eliminating the base.
Soldier B: No, I have never thought of myself that way. I don’t even have that ability.
Soldier A: Then that means you have equal chance as everyone else here as being the spy’s target.
Soldier B: Yes.
Soldier A: Then why do you worry so much?
Soldier B: Because I am always unlucky…
Soldier A: Oh, my, god. If I really was a spy, you have just destroyed me. What would it take for you to put away that armour then? It must be so uncomfortable walking in it all the time.
Soldier B: I don’t even know. I’m scared.
Soldier B: What do you suggest?
Soldier A: Remove your armour now. *tightens grip on sword*
Published on March 11, 2012