During the time I was back on my campus, I did my best to hide my injuries from anyone, especially Evan. It was a bit hard to hide Flint’s handprint on my neck so the best I could do to it was keep my head down and hope nobody would notice. I don’t know if it worked or not cause no one said anything to me, either they really didn’t notice or they were too nervous to ask me what happened.
Either way, I was glad no one asked me what happened. How would I even explain if they did ask me? I was even surprised Evan didn’t ask me what happened, but then again, maybe that’s a good thing.
I felt a bit better the next morning, the handprint around my neck was gone, but I still had some small injuries from the other day that I still had to hide. I mean, it’s not like those were serious, a lot of the people at my college know that I’m a clumsy person and I tend to get hurt a lot. So I mainly tried to hide the burns instead of the bruises.
By the way, during the times I was in class, I actually had Defender hiding in my backpack while it was in its mini form. I now had 2 knives on campus, one in my backpack and the other in my room. I felt kinda bad to be carrying weapons on campus, but it’s not like I’m planning on committing murder. These knives are only for protection and I just hope no one finds them.
But anyway, as soon as my classes were over, I headed on to Fantastopia where I met up with everyone in the arena as always. But this time, Lindel and Oswind were there as well. Well, this just got interesting, what are they doing here?
“Hey Jesse,” Aria greeted when she spotted me “How are you feeling?”
“Well, I’m not in pain anymore” I responded.
That was a bit of a lie, my neck was still sore. I was going to tell her about what Flint did to me, but I decided to save it after training.
“Do you have Defender with you?” she asked me.
“Yep,” I reached into my pocket and pulled out the sword in its mini form as I made it turn back to its full size.
“Whoa,” I steadied the weapon with both hands, “I still gotta get used to its weight.”
“Well, I’m hoping you can do that today. Because today we’re gonna train you to fight against monsters.”
I nearly dropped the sword “WHAT?!”
“Don’t worry,” she assured, “It’s not like we’re gonna make you go against a wild monster. Today you’re gonna be training with Oswind.”
“Hi,” the ogre waved at me with his gnarly smile.
“Uh...” I froze with my eyes widen.
“Jesse,” Aria spoke, “Don’t worry, he’s not gonna kill you. Part of being in this world means you’re gonna have to go against certain monsters, ogres are one of them. And thank goodness that Oswind is our friend otherwise he would gladly rip you half. And yes, ogres can actually do that.”
Oh God, now my legs are shaking.
“Hey,” Hazel suddenly spoke up, “Would you rather train with Oswind, or would you rather train with the minotaur we have here?”
“You guys have a minotaur?!” I gasped.
“We have a lot of things you don’t know about,” she smirked.
Holy crap, they have a freaking minotaur here! I’ve heard the tale of the Minotaur’s Labyrinth, and just the thought that a haft man and a haft bull creature actually exists in this world is already giving me chills. According to the tale, 7 men and 7 women were sent into the Minotaur’s Labyrinth every year or so, and if they end up running into the Minotaur, he would devour them. Does the minotaur here do that? Or is that just in the story? Whatever it is, I just hope I never have to face one.
“Jesse,” Aria suddenly walked up to me “You can trust Oswind, you’re gonna be fine.”
“Well,” I took a deep breath “If he can try not to break my bones today, I’ll do it.”
“That’s the spirit,” she grinned.
The moment everyone got onto the bleachers to that Oswind and I were the only ones on the fighting ground, I took another deep breath while gripping onto Defender as I stared at the ogre who was wearing protective gear.
“You ready?” he asked me.
“Well, I can’t exactly say no” I muttered with a shrug.
“Aright then. Now, what do you do if a monster starts coming at you?”
Before I could even reply, Oswind suddenly charged at me at a fast past that I let out a shriek before running out of the way.
“Good,” he said to me “The first thing you gotta do is try to get out of the way. But if you can’t and if you have to defend yourself, what do you do?”
“Um,” I mumbled nervously, was he going to charge at me again? “Swing your sword?”
“Wrong. Everyone has a weak spot, including monsters like me. The most common weak spots are the front and back of the neck, the face, the waist, and of course, the groin if the opponent if a male. However, if you happen to be fighting against a female-”
“Don’t even go there, Oswind” Aria suddenly cut in, “We’ll let him deal with that later.”
“Very well,” he shrugged.
“Okay,” Oswind suddenly spoke, “Most of the time, monsters like me will be wearing protective gear to hide their weak spots. But know this, even if your opponent is wearing armor, there’s always that one weak spot that is poking out.”