These are the Rules of Being a Hero
by Emily McCosh
Listen here, son. There are rules to being a hero, and sometimes it isn't best to learn them on your own--
No, no, she can wait. I know you're eager, but she's locked away, she isn't going anywhere. You can go to her any time. Just be patient....
Anyway, this won't take long.
Rule number one--
What? No. No, rule number one is not: never wear capes. That's just in the movies. Come on, be serious. You'll thank me one day.
Rule number one: I know everyone says the opposite, but they're wrong. You need to be scared. Bravery is not about fearlessness. If you aren't scared, then you can never be brave.
Rule number two: Now son, you're a little arrogant--yes, you are. Don't argue with your father. You're arrogant... and I'll admit, at this point you have reason to be. You make me proud. But here's the thing: don't pretend you don't need your friends. No matter what you think, you are not a one-man army. When you fall, you can't always pick yourself up.
I know you have plenty of friends. I know. But I'd like you to think on this. Sometimes the court jester can be a more loyal friend and companion than a knight.
Yes, I'm almost finished. Just be patient. Your princess isn't going anywhere.