"'When the wildflowers sing true, and the morning light roams free, on the twentieth day of the twentieth year, we shall depart to test our mettle.'" Sajeynten sighed. "'As sons and daughters of the forest, beautiful and pure, we shall prove ourselves as the greatest sportsmen of the greatest sport that has graced this world with its presence, and we shall not rest until we truly stand unbeaten and proud at the top.'" "Dun-" "'Never shall I waver, never shall I stray; by the sweat of my brow and the swiftness of my limbs you shall know me-'" "Dun!" "I'm just saying," said Duneld testily. "We swore an oath." "I know. I was there. And so was Viv. He will be here. Stop muttering." Dun looked ahead, over the clearing that had been the center of their lives for all that time. In the middle of the neatly cut grass, there was a rectangular patch of dirt, with lines painted at both ends. He sighed. --- Vivyen walked slowly, feeling the soft forest floor on the soles of his feet. Familiar. Welcoming. It was not too bad. "Viv!" Viv looked up and sighed. He had reached the gathering place after all. Dun and Saj, his dear friends and comrades, were running at him with outstretched arms. They were clearly happy to see him, but he wondered for how long. "I have good news and bad news," he said, once they had reached each other and stood in a triangle on the center of the field. "First the good news. I've searched the world, went to all the places where sentient races dwell, even the particularly unsanitary ones, and I can conclude that there is no one in the world whose cricket prowess outmatches ours." Dun and Saj exchanged triumphant glances. "Excellent!" said Saj. "Now all that's left is to go out there and prove it!" "That's where the bad news come in." Viv sighed. "There is no one." Silence. "No one what?" asked Dun. "No one. We outmatch the rest of the world in the sport of cricket, because there are no others who play it." "But we swore an oath." "And technically, come tomorrow, we'll have fulfilled it. We will stand at the top of the cricket world. Because there is no one, Dun. Anywhere. At all."