THE FLAME OF HOPE
Artist: Hammerfall - Song: Heart's On Fire
"Last person I heard say 'I am a Kuchiki' nearly killed himself and several others and is now walking around with a highly exaggerated sense of listlessness. Your family is no shield against failure, nor a guarantee of invincibility in any degree. You are a person like any other, and you need to take care of yourself accordingly" Ulv told Keiko, sitting down and slowly eating the lunch as she spoke the fable.
"There was once a contest between two woodsmen. They were to see who could cut the most logs in the space of five hours. To begin with, they struck a perfectly mirrored rythem, both splitting logs with two blows and moving on with grace. Thwack. Thwack. Thwack.
And then, the second woodsman stopped. The first woodsman could not see what he was doing, but did not take the time to really try. After all, the fool of his opponent had just stopped in the middle of the contest. He took advantage of this and powered onwards, splitting log after log.
However, eventually his axe began to wear down from constant use. What took two blows began to take four blows. And then it began to take eight blows. Understandably, this slowed him down and exhausted him, but he didn't bother too much about this. For the second woodsman was still stopping every five logs. What a fool, he thought.
Come the fourth hour, however, the first woodsman was growing so weary that splitting the log in front of him became a daunting task. It was like hitting a rock with a wooden stick. Panting and sweating heavily, he looked up from his focus to see how his opponent was doing. And to his horror, he saw the second woodsman splitting logs with two swings, splitting logs with two swings, and then pausing.
The competition ended an hour later, and the split logs were counted. The first Woodsman had eighty five logs split. A fine number, it was met with applause and admiration. Clearly he was a master woodsman. But there was a lead weight in his heart as he looked to his opponent, and waited for the verdict. Sure enough, when his logs were counted, they came to one hundred and thirty. A clear victory.
Dismayed and disturbed by the ending, he went over to the Second Woodsman and asked 'you kept pausing during the competition. And yet you beat me. What were you doing in those moments when you paused?' he asked. The Second Woodsman gave a smile, and said..."
Ulv would then pause at the ending, and look to Keiko.
"What do you think he said?"