I didn’t even finish my coffee when it was time for me to start. My face was still burning a bit from Averyl’s slap as I stood in the center of the arena while facing the guy who slapped me awake.
“Alright,” he spoke while standing tall “The first thing we’re going to start with is getting your strength up. I’m sure you’re already strong, but in this world, you’re gonna have to be a lot stronger than you are now. You may not get to be as strong as an elf, but if you keep practicing you might get there.”
“Don’t forget about your ring,” Aria put in while sitting at the table “You ring can help you increase your physical skills.”
“I sure hope so,” I muttered while glaring down at the ring on my finger.
Right now it was the regular blue color, but it should really be a color that should stand for fatigue. Why isn’t there a color for fatigue?
“So,” Averyl said, “The first thing I want you to do- give me 30 laps around the arena.”
“What?” my eyes widen.
“You heard me. Give me 30 laps, it should really wake you up. Now get started! Go! Go! Go!”
Oh God, I’ve never had anyone yell at me to work out ever since my gym coach in high school. And because I’m such a jump person, I yelped a little from the shouting before I began to run around the arena like it was a track field. It was a good thing I was allowed to dress in my modern work out clothes instead of wearing something to blend in. But still, I was not liking this.
By the time I was done running the 30 laps, I did feel a bit more awake as I allowed myself to catch my breath while feeling the sweat on my back. I never actually realized how big the arena was until I ran around it. If I had to guess, I’d say the fighting part of the arena was almost the size of a football field, and that’s not including the bleachers.
“Good job,” Averyl commented, “Do you feel more awake?”
“Little bit,” I muttered while taking deep breaths.
“Good, now give me 20 push-ups.”
“What?” I panted in shock.
“20 push-ups, now.”
How long is this going to take?
As the hours passed by, the main thing I did was worked out to get stronger. I had to do more running, sit-ups, pull-ups, weight lifting and other exercises that will increase my body strength. And by the time it was 10 am, I was finally allowed to take a break as I collapsed my body onto the bleachers while I was soaked with sweat and taking deep breaths.
“Have you ever worked out this hard before?” Aria asked while sitting in the spot next to me.
“Not this hard,” I muttered.
“I’ll say, I can hear your heart beating, it’s loud.”
“I know,” I breathed while forcing myself to sit up as Aria handed me a cup of water.
“I can tell you’re already pretty strong” she mentioned, “You got a healthy body. Every hero should try to stay healthy. Keep it up.”
I nodded before gulping down the refreshing water. Ah... freshwater.
“So, you hungry?” she questioned.
“Yep,” I muttered, “All I had this morning was an energy bar and my coffee.”
“Bad idea, that’s not gonna be enough to keep you active in the early morning. Come on, you need a real breakfast.”
Leaving the arena, I followed Aria into this big kitchen that was already filled with workers. After greeting some of them while walking by, Aria and I entered this storage area where she took down a wooden container from a shelf.
“You want some oatmeal?” she asked me.
“What do you like with your oatmeal?”
“I can go with some brown sugar and berries.”
“Well, the berries we have at the moment are strawberries, blueberries, and blue raspberries.”
I raised an eyebrow, “Did you just say blue raspberries?”
“As in actual raspberries that are blue?”
“Let me guess,” she smirked, “You don’t have any in your world?”
“Only in candy flavor.”
She gave a giggle, “Well, yes we have actual blue raspberries here which are a bit sourer than regular raspberries.”
“Ooh, I like sour” I grinned.
“Then put some on your oatmeal.”
After helping Aria make the oatmeal on the stove, I joined her in the Grand Hall which was surprisingly empty as we took a seat next to each other.
“Why is it so empty in here?” I questioned.
“Sometimes everyone likes to have their meals at different times,” she answered, “I’m actually glad that it’s empty because I’ve got some questions for you.”
“Really?” I smirked while taking a spoonful of my oatmeal that had a blue raspberry on top.
And wouldn’t you know it, Aria was right, blue raspberries are sourer than regular ones.
“Oh wow,” I pouted as the sourness coated my tongue.
“I told you,” Aria giggled.
Man, I could really go for these in my world. Don’t get me wrong, I love blue raspberry candies, but now that I know that they exist in this world, I would love to have them with me at my college.
“So,” I managed to say once I swallowed the berry “What questions do you have for me?”