The Emperor’s Bodyguard

The Japanese Emperor required a new bodyguard. He advertised widely, and the greatest warriors on earth applied. He selected a shortlist of three to be interviewed.

A Japanese Samurai was the first to be interviewed. He pulled a jam jar out of his pocket and released a blowfly. Before the emperor could blink, he drew his sword, slashed back and forth disecting the fly neatly in half.

A Chinese warrior was next. He released a mosquito from a matchbox, swung his sword back and forth, before handing the emporer the mosquito, symetrically cut into quarters.

The Jewish warrior was last.  He released a gnat, slashed at the air with a great flourish and bowed to the emperor with a satisfied air. The sound of the gnat was still audible.

The emperor frowned. “The gnat is still alive?”

The Jew bowed again. “Circumcision is rarely fatal, Your Excellency,” he replied.

Wings CoverWalt, one of the characters in Wings, was not a Samurai, but he was a warrior – an airborne one. Wings, which combines history, aviation and a touch of romance, has been published as an Ebook. You can read about Wings here. It’s available from Really Blue Books for the bargain basement price of $4.40 and also from Amazon.


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