The ending of Squire from when Kel is knighted to the naming of her sword. It makes me tear up every time because after everything Kel’s been through, it’s nice to see the culmination of her hard work the past eight years.
Full passage below the cut (it’s a long one). Favorite lines are bolded.
“I had the magic, don’t you see, and the hand of the Goddess on me. Everyone could and did say I was a freak, one of those once-a-century people. No one else needs to strive for what I did, because they couldn’t reach it.” Alanna smiled crookedly. “But you, bless you, you are real. Those girls watched you, and talked about your style in the saddle, and the things you did. They swore they’d take up archery, or riding, or Shang combat, because you had shown them it was all right. I was so proud.”