Chapter 9. Fortitude

Guts are a combination of confidence, courage, conviction, strength of character, stick-to-itiveness, pugnaciousness, backbone and intestinal fortitude. They are mandatory for anyone who wants to get to and stay at the top.

D.A. Benton

The Long Struggle: Part One

His roots stretched back to a cadet branch of the Thembu dynasty, whose people his paternal great-grandfather had ruled as king. One of the king's sons was given a first name that would eventually become the boy's own surname, but because he was the product of one of the king's wives from the Ixhiba clan, the so-called "Left-Hand House," the descendants of his particular branch were not eligible to succeed to the throne.

Obstacles seemed to be almost part of the boy's ...

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