Zhang Pi wakes to the snores of the apprentices. Slipping from his straw bed, he pads shoeless past the forge, to Master Ma's sword in its place of honor on the smithy wall. The simple white hilt smolders red in the forgelight.
When the others awake, this will seem a thievery. It is regrettable. But Pi's sword was left behind, with his true name.
Pi grimaces, and lifts the sword, and does not feel the slightest eagerness at its perfect balance in his hand.