I stood at the gates of the gladiator arena.
You could hear the crowd roaring, their cheers deafening. The air was dry and sandy.
The myths, the legends and stories were aplenty. The story of the warrior who upon stepping out of into the ring having his head chewed clean off. The story of the double-headed beast that breathes fire. The story of the prisoner that fought a legion of soldiers and stood tall on the mountain of dead bodies at dusk.
I wiped the sweat off my forehead and let out a sigh. They say the chemical reaction in your brain for both the feeling of nervousness and excitement is the same. I tried to calm my nerves by faking a half-smile, telling myself that this was mere excitement.
“Are you scared?” asked my fellow prison-mate standing next to me.
“Yes.” I replied.
“Well, then let’s be scared together.”