"No mother, I don't want to fight."
"You shame me. How did I give birth to such a coward?"
"The whole village should run away we can't defeat them."
Mother slaps me hard and I begin to laugh that insane laugh I laugh when I'm scared.
She slaps me again and I stop laughing, numb with the knowledge I'm going to die soon.
I walked outside my stone and straw home. I picked up my weapon, a long wooden pole sharpen on one end. I began to laugh again. I laughed a mindless fearful laugh. As I marched towards the Roman Army I laughed. As they killed me I laughed.
I moved towards the light of the heart of the Earth Mother and laughed with joy. I would know the light by many names in many deaths but this was the the only time I came to the light as a laughing warrior.
Past life or just another dream?