actually the best friendship ever

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♪ No one will win this time
I just want you back
I’m running to your side
Flying my white flag ♪ 

sparhawk and kalten’s friendship is actually the best thing ever though (ノ´ヮ´)ノ

all the books obviously are all about sparhawk and his destiny and the great things he achieves etc etc that is a glory speech for another day, but sparhawk’s name is known everywhere, his description is spread so far in stories about him that ordinary people recognize him by his nose, he’s queen’s champion, prince regent, etc etc

and it’s mentioned many, many times that kalten is the sort of clumsier, less intelligent of the two (although I don’t believe that he isn’t intelligent). he was second to sparhawk in most areas of their training, and behind everyone when it came to spells and languages, he’s the younger one, etc

but neither of them ever let that cause any sort of rift between them

kalten’s parents pass away so he’s raised with sparhawk– sparhawk treats him just like the brother he’s become and shows him the attention that he would have been lacking due to his now non-existent family. they make their way through the pandion order together, grow up together with sparhawk always in the spotlight, so kalten follows him happily and sparhawk draws strength from that.

they get exiled for a decade and people notice almost instantly when sparhawk returns from rendor, but kalten sneaks back home from lamorkand with sparhawk being the first to notice (and sparhawk who had asked a few times when he arrived where kalten was and if he was back yet). they gather together this team for their new quest, and neither of them let the larger group interfere either, they continue where they left off after ten years as if they were never apart to begin with

it’s just so great that they never formed a rivalry (apart from a healthy one in their training), never became to jealous, never forgot about the other, etc and a great trait of martel, as a multi-plot device rather than a simple villain, is how apparent all of that becomes when he and sparhawk do form that rivalry, do head down two different paths (not to say martel isn’t good for anything else)

tbh I think that’s why kalten really does hate martel whereas sparhawk as less strong feelings on the matter– he always states martel’s treachery with a cold detachment whereas kalten hates him– he was there with martel in sparhawk’s shadow and he wonders about and hates the type of person he thinks martel must be to feel the need to betray their friend rather than support him

even after sparhawk gets married he still keeps time for kalten and they’re still as close as ever and kalten’s still the first to go with him on any jobs or missions that need doing even if he really hates the idea of doing some of them

and that is why kalten is incredibly underrated by both fans and his friends (ノ⁰ヮ⁰)ノ*:・゚✧

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The point I’m trying to make is that I am the most unpleasant, rude, ignorant, and all around obnoxious asshole that anyone could possibly have the misfortune to meet. I am dismissive of the virtuous, unaware of the beautiful, and uncomprehending in the face of the happy. So if I didn’t understand I was asked to be best man it is because I never expected to be anybody’s best friend. Certainly not the best friend of the bravest, and kindest, and the wisest human being I have ever had the good fortune of knowing. John, I am a ridiculous man, redeemed only by the warmth and constancy of your friendship.
Friendship Till the End of Time
Tintin's Song to Snowy
Friendship Till the End of Time

This is from the Tintin Musical, where Tintin sings a song to Snowy. Thanks to Nikki for sending me the link and ShizukaKuroi for translating the song.

Lyrics:
I walk my path of life, but I’m never alone
Because Snowy always happily saunters around me
Always curious, always searching
For the big miracle
The danger around the corner
Does he find another leg bone
What makes him lick his lips
Then you see that right away
By the way he wags his tail
Terribly perky with everything he does
But always full of joy
Whenever he greets me
An individuality
Originally he’s white
But that changes whenever he’s covered in mud again
Sometimes I can get really mad
He’s gone soo far
But does he look at me again with those faithful eyes
Snowy and I
We are one
Nothing in the world can separate us
Snowy and I
Only us
Friendship till the end of time
We do everything together
Roamed the entire world
Sharing everything
Love and sorrow
Snowy and I
Adventure
Where life will bring us
I will go through the fire for him
No one can move me like that
Snowy!
Snowy…
Snowy and I
We are one
Nothing in the world can separate us
Snowy and I
Only us
Friendship till the end of time
Snowy and I
Come boy