As the sun rose over the horizon, my body also rose for the third day of school at Santa Verde Academy.
Yesterday, Pixov and I attended Reynaldo Johnson’s class and we were paired up in order to get to know each other. But the teacher specified that one of us needed to be shirtless in order for the exercise to work.
I made up some excuse to Pixov as to why I couldn’t take my shirt off and he was cool with it, showing off a couple tattoos on his arms that looked like flaming skulls. Why did I make an excuse? Because I don’t like taking off my shirt for anyone… Well, except for one person, but that was months ago.
There’s also another reason, but I don’t feel comfortable revealing it to anyone, not even that one person knows. Anyways, the two of us were able to complete the exercise before the moon came up but when we got back, Pixov was too weak to unlock his door. So I offered to let him sleep on the dorm couch in my room and he fell asleep the moment his head hit the pillow.
When I got up however, I noticed that he was gone and a note was on the table. When I walked over to read it, it said “Hey man, thanks for letting me crash on your couch last night. I guess were even huh?
. Anyways, see you in class man. ~Pixov.”
After I finished reading the letter, I chuckled a little bit before I got ready for class. It took me about 10 minutes to get all washed up and about 5 minutes to grab my books since like a dumb-ass; I put them on a bookshelf near my bed. Believe it or not, it used to be worse back home because I also had to clean my glasses and find them before I even left the house. Luckily, I don’t need glasses anymore but now I am rambling.
So I locked up my Dorm Room and headed off to my class that day. “So according to the schedule, today’s class is taught by someone named Isaac Winters. Winters, seriously? I guess his family must have a short life-span then.”
It took me about 10 minutes to find the class, which looked like a dojo, but when I showed up, I noticed a few new faces in comparison to the previous 2 days at the academy. Some of them didn’t really stand out to me, but one of them I did notice was a red head wearing bracelets that was near the front of the class. She looked familiar, but before I could ponder it in further, I felt a hand touch my shoulder.
“You see her too, don’t you?” Pixov said.
I smirked as Pixov took his shoulder off and stood next to me. “Hey Pixov. But yes, she looks familiar for some reason.”
But Pixov just chuckled. “Well ya, she’s a Strawberry.”
I tilted my head in confusion. I was seriously dumb-founded by what Pixov said. “Nah, I’m just messing with ya. She’s a red-head, the only red-headed student in this school it seems. Betting you anything that someone’s going to ask her out.”
As Pixov said this, I began to wonder. “Why does she look so familiar?”
When he finished though, I responded “Probably. But it’s not a big deal right now.”
Pixov shrugged his shoulders in response. “Fair enough dude. I already got a girlfriend back home so I’m not going to waste my time asking. You going to ask her out though?”
I also shrugged my shoulders in response. “I’m not sure Pixov, if she notices me; maybe I’ll talk to her. If not, then oh well.”
After I finished my sentence though, the teacher dropped down from the ceiling and landed on his feet with no difficulty. “Dude’s a ninja. Has to be.” Pixov remarked with a smirk on his face.
“That is somewhat true, young man. My name is Isaac Winters and I will be training you in Basic Combat. You may also know me as Reaper.”
One of the students fanboyed in response to hearing the name Reaper, while Pixov just face palmed.
Isaac continued. “My accomplishments aside, this class will teach you the basic skills required to survive out in the fields. Knowing these techniques will benefit you, especially when you run out of energy to use your abilities. Basic Combat however should not be treated as a luxury. It’s a last resort when superpowers just won’t cut it. Use it wisely.”
After his speech, he proceeded to pair everyone up for his first exercise. Pixov and I got paired up again and the girl with the bracelets got paired up with some random dude from the same Exchange Program as us. Luckily, she didn’t see Pixov or I, but something was still up about her. Another thing I did notice however was that Andy was paired up with the 4th best of the main division of the Academy. I wonder why that is?
Once everyone got paired up, the teacher explained in further what the exercise was. “You will engage your partner in a sparring match. Some of you may know basic combat already, while some of you are learning about this for the first time. This will allow me to see what everyone here is capable of doing. Okay, it’s combat time!”
As Pixov and I walked over to our spot in the Dojo to spar, we decided to talk to the other. “So Pixov, what’s your experience with combat?” I asked him.
Pixov smirked, “I have had some experience with it. My dad was a hard-ass sometimes but he knew a lot about Martial Arts.”
I smiled in response. “Neat, I have some experience as well.”
My smile quickly turned into a smirk. “You’ll find out.”
Pixov chuckled in response. “Ah, surprises. I love surprises.”
When we arrived at the spot, we took our positions and began our fight. Pixov quickly charged towards me with his right hand curled into a fist and his left hand in a paper-like shake. I jumped into the air before he could hit me with his attack and I managed to get behind him. Before he could turn around, I lifted my right leg into the air and did a sweeping kick near his legs, causing him to lose his balance and hit the floor.
As Pixov got back up from the attack, he curled his hands into fists and charged at me with his right fist near his face and the other fist near his stomach. While I prepared to grab his fists however, his technique suddenly changed as when he got closer, he put his fists on top of each other and began to slide towards me. I tried to jump and get out of the way but Pixov was too fast and hit me in the stomach, sending me up into the air while Pixov slid into the wall and used the force of the slide to bounce off said wall and head into the air to continue the fight. As I regained my balance, I saw Pixov coming towards me with his hands looking like he was grabbing a ball. Before he could attack me with his technique however, I managed to bounce off the ceiling, get behind Pixov and hit him in the back with a kick. As the two of us hit the ground, I noticed Isaac was staring at the two of us and this caused my skin to crawl. “Oh shit… The teacher saw that…”
As Pixov got up and dusted himself off, he noticed my fear and spoke up about it. “Yo David, what’s up?” I didn’t respond, so when Pixov turned around, his eyes widened.
As everyone else in the room finished up their sparring matches, we all regrouped. “Class Dismissed.” Isaac said.
The other students had left the room after hearing that, but Pixov and I stayed behind because the two of us had a feeling the teacher wanted to talk to us. As it turns out, we were right as he turned his focus on us.
“Techniques from Northern Shaolin, Leopard Boxing and Dragon Boxing. I am surprised that you two even know those techniques at such a young age. How is this possible?”
The two of us didn’t say anything. I didn’t know how Pixov felt about the situation, but I was terrified. I didn’t want anyone else to see that and now everyone in the class knew.
As we stood in silence, Isaac sighed. “Boys, what you did weren’t against the rules or anything. You won’t get expelled for using those techniques in my class. I just want to know how you know about those techniques.”
I didn’t respond, but Pixov decided to answer Isaac’s question. “Well Mr. Winters, my father taught me Kung Fu when I was growing up, and one of the techniques he’d make me practice until my fingers bleed were the Buddha Fist style. I was only able to learn Leopard and Dragon by the time I came here but I know there are more my dad probably wants to teach me when I get home. Aside from that, my knowledge is basic at best.”
Isaac nodded his head in response to Pixov’s answer. “Interesting. So your father must have been a Kung Fu master or something. What about you David?”
I hesitated at first but eventually, I spoke up. “Ever since I was 6, my mother trained me in the ways of Northern Shaolin. She seemed to know a lot about it when the Mo. Sorry, wrong movie.”
As I tried to correct myself, I noticed that Isaac curled his brow. “What I meant to say was that she seemed to know a lot about Northern Shaolin when we got attacked by burglars. Sorry about that, when I get nervous sometimes, I say stupid things.”
Isaac responded. “I see. Well that is all I need to know, you both did a good job with the exercise today and I will let you two get back to your dorms or whatever you kids do.”
“Thank you Mr. Winters.” Pixov and I responded in unison.
Isaac nodded his head and we left the class. But after we left, Isaac began to ponder to himself. “Why did David stumble like that when he was speaking with no issues before that point? What is he hiding? Could he be a spy for some evil organization? I better check with the Headmaster to make sure…”
As Pixov and I walked down the hallway, my feeling of worry quickly dissipated while Pixov began to speak up. “That was a close one man, I thought for a minute there we’d get expelled.” Pixov then chuckled.
I chuckled back. “Ya that was a close one.”
As we laughed it up, we heard a bunch of people talking around the corner and decided to go check it out. When we peeked our heads out, I saw that red-headed girl with the bracelets talking to Andy, Federico and that girl with the pink outfit. But there was something different about the girl this time; her bracelets were slightly red now. “Why is that?”
“That’s nice… Now if you excuse me!” the girl said before walking away from them. Thankfully, she walked down a different hallway so she wouldn’t spot Pixov or I and we proceeded to talk to the three.
“What’s her problem?” Pixov asked.
“No one knows uhh..” Chessley responded.
“Oh. No one knows Pixov. She hasn’t really said much to anyone in this school since she got here.”
“Yeah, it’s kinda weird.” Federico replied.
“Agreed.” Andy responded.
But while those three were talking, I began to ponder. “That girl seems familiar, but why is that? Even her voice sounded familiar…”
But before I could continue my pondering, Chessley(the girl in pink) asked me a question. “Hey David, are you okay? You kinda zoned out for a minute.”
I rubbed the back of my head and chuckled. “Sorry about that. Yes I am okay. Probably just tired though so I am going to go take a nap. Talk to you guys later!” I quickly ran off to my dorm room without saying anything.
When I got inside and locked my dorm room up, I began to pant. This lasted for a couple minutes before I took a deep breath and calmed down. “Jesus…”
I slowly walked towards my bed, took off my jacket and put the blanket over my body. As I tried to fall asleep, I slowly noticed that the blanket was over my face… As I pulled it down so I could breathe, I noticed that the top of the blanket was wet. “Was I sweating earlier? I don’t remember what happened. I just remember talking with Pixov to Andy and the others and then I ended up here.”
As I tried to piece together what happened in-between, I felt my chest tightening. As soon as I felt that, I realized what happened and my eyes widened.
“I had an anxiety attack…”