TITLE: Love of the Sword
LOGLINE: A young man's obsession with fencing comes at the price of human relationships.
Autumn arrived and the days grew short. Trees shed their leaves and people sawtheir breath in the morning air. The Thibault estate buzzed with harvest activity.Gerard and his family labored in the fields and orchards alongside the peasants. The threat of winter starvation erased class distinctions.
After the day’s work was done, the Thibault family took supper round the fireplace and father pulled out a well-worn leather volume to read aloud.
He made great pretense of finding the spot where he left off the night before, harrumphing and flipping the pages back and forth until the children squirmed with anticipation.
Finally, he said, “Ah,” leaned back in his chair, sipped some wine and began to read.
It was the story of a man, a nobleman just like the Thibaults. When he grew old he regretted he had never traveled or undertaken bold quests. He turned his estate over to his eldest son, took his faithful servant, Pasquale, and rode off in search of adventure.
As the duo traveled, they had grand adventures. They battled giants, sorcerers, and barbarians. They rescued maidens and princesses. They seduced pagan warrior queens(Gerard’s father skipped portions of that section.)
In the days that followed, Gerard and his siblings pretended they had adventures like the old man and his servant. They laid ambushes in the wheat fields and jousted with apple trees. They conscripted long-suffering peasants as faithful servants to carry their lances.