S: The Knight of the Night Weigner Zelenak
BC: Mara Weigner is a seventh grader at Eyer Middle School. She is part of Student Council and is in the Orchestra. Mara plays soccer and enjoys art. She also loves the outdoors. | Nicki Zelenak is a seventh grader at Eyer Middle School. She is part of Student Council, Chorus, and Band. She has two turtles, and a green dragon named Jorge. Nicki enjoys reading, writing and art. | Meet the Authors!
FC: The Knight of the Night | By Mara Weigner and Nicki Zelenak
1: The Knight of the Night | by Mara Weigner and Nicki Zelenak
2: Once upon a time... | in 1100 AD to be exact, there lived a boy on a medieval manor in Europe who longed to follow his father into the crusades, and be a respected knight like him.
3: The boy's father was brave and fulfilled his knightly duties. | He was great at protecting his lord... | and even better at solving conflicts and breaking up fights.... | but he was best at fighting.
4: The boy wanted to make his father proud. Years passed and finally, the time came when the boy could follow in his father's footsteps: from being a page to a valet to a squire, and was now only months away from his knighting ceremony. | And then he made a terrible mistake...
5: The knight had a jealous friend who was a lowly servant in the manor and wished to be in the lineage for knighthood. Because of this, he schemed to remove the soon-to-be-knighted squire from the honorable title. Very persuasively, he told the squire that the lord had asked him to send away his most valuable sword to be sharpened, when in fact it had just returned from the blacksmith for that very reason. | The squire gave into peer pressure and took the sword.
6: So the next day, when the lord went to retrieve the sword from his armory to accompany him to a tournament, he saw that it was stolen! The servant friend of the squire came to the lord, bearing the false news that the squire had taken it for his own use. | This angered and disappointed the lord because the squire had always followed the strict rules of chivalry and had been loyal to the lord.
7: The lord then called upon the squire, banishing him and canceling the knighting ceremony. The squire was sent to the wilderness of the forest, never to return.
8: In the woods, the squire was distraught and disgusted with both his servant friend and himself for being so gullible. While he was sobbing hysterically in the deep, dark shadows of the trees, he heard a twig crack. | Terrified, he turned to see...
9: a boy about the same age as the squire- almost twenty-one. The boy had rags for clothes and a red sunburned face. With a smile from the boy, the squire knew he wasn't in any danger.
10: The two became excellent friends, each relying on the other to survive in the harsh wilderness day | after | day.
11: Meanwhile, back on the manor, the lord had forgotten the almost knight that he had condemned. He decided one day that he wanted a grand feast, so he went off hunting in the woods. | But he wasn't the only one hunting that night...
12: After traveling in the woods with no luck for almost an hour, a twig cracked and the jealous friend of the squire jumped to attack the lord, knocking him over the head. The lord was terrified as the friend held a sword gleaming near his neck. On a closer look the lord realized that the sword was his. | Hidden behind a tree, the squire jumped on his friend and pinned him to the ground.
13: The grateful lord ordered the squire's friend's arrest. Then the squire's knighting ceremony was re-planned. | And when he was dubbed a knight, he finally made his father proud, wherever he was. The squire was gone, the Knight of the Night had taken his place.
14: The End
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