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The Book of Deacon By Joseph R. Lallo Characters: 4995

Updated: 2018-01-20 12:02

"That was a kill, " he said, as though his point had not been made clear enough.

She managed to recover after a minute or two and tried to continue, but Myn would have none of it.

"That is all for today. I imagine that Myn will be cutting our next few sessions short. But if she can get used to your attacks connecting, she can get used to mine, " he said.

"Don't be so sure. My attacks were not as cruel as yours, " she said.

"Oh, no? You were swinging with all of your might. You came near to breaking a rib once, " he said.

"Impossible. You didn't make a sound, " she said.

"In my line of work, it is wise to keep silent, " he said.

"I don't care how disciplined you are, you would have doubled over, too, if I'd hit you as you did me, " she said.

Lain dropped his weapon to the ground and grasped his right little finger with his left hand. With a sharp twist and a horrid snap, he wrenched the digit out of place. The merest flutter of his eyes was the only indication he'd felt anything. He took his hand away. Myranda cringed and turned away. When she heard a second snap, she knew that the finger would at least be where it had started.

"Why didn't you tell me? I wouldn't have struck so hard, " she said.

"You will never learn to fight properly if you are pulling your attacks. I want you to fight as you had before, or I will never answer another question, " he said.

A terrible guilt filled Myranda.

"Let me see your hand, " she said.

"No need, " h

s to follow began a new routine for her. She awoke, had breakfast, and played with Myn for an hour or so. The little dragon was now quite the flier. Once airborne, she could stay aloft seemingly indefinitely, and before long, she was able to take off from the ground rather than a rooftop. Once the flight was over, either through the fatigue or choice of Myn, Myranda would stop by Deacon's to look for any tips before venturing to Cresh's hut.

Once there, she would learn the next step in a long string of earth magics. Despite the language barrier, Cresh was a very good teacher, managing to coach her through refining the size and direction of her tremors, identifying the qualities unique to each type of earth, and even coaxing plants to grow faster, larger, and stronger. This last topic was the most difficult, and required nearly three weeks to complete. In this time, Myranda found that she had come to understand his odd language well enough to not rely so heavily on the gestures.

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