After checking on his friend, Darren returns to the Academy to resume his studies. During the first martial arts class after his return, Darren faces the stern sneer of Volodar Selorn. Despite transforming his body for this teacher, Darren receives the elf’s anger at every turn. Volodar constantly demands more from Darren than any of the other students at the Academy. As Volodar introduces another technique will Darren continue to be the focus of the teacher’s wrath? Or will he confront this tormenter?
Volodar clutched his hands behind his back as he eyed the five boys arrayed before him. The instructor stopped next to Darren and sneered at the boy. He turned and locked eyes upon Darren and crooked his finger. “Come here, Darren.”
Darren’s head dragged as he slogged towards the teacher. He glanced over his shoulders and asked, “Why do you demonstrate everything on me?”
“Does it matter?” Volodar inquired, pointing at the four remaining boys.
Darren widened his stance and prepared himself for the demonstration. “It’d be nice if you picked on someone else now and then.”
With a wicked grin, Volodar sauntered back to the line of students and placed a hand on Maxwell and Norry, saying, “One pair.” Then he ambled over to Samil and Roland and rested his hands on their shoulders. “The other.”
“I’m the odd man out,” Darren grumbled.
“You are,” Volodar said with a resounding clap. “It’s good that this basic fact isn’t too much for your mind to process. If it were, Leodor might agree that you don’t belong in the Academy.”
“Can’t you pair me with a student instead of tormenting me?”
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