Despite all the demands on Darren’s time, he refuses to skip the private classes with his teachers. However, Arlen knows the load Darren is voluntarily taking upon himself, and she is hesitant to burnout such a promising student. As a result, she pulls back on the individual sessions. Unfortunately, Darren isn’t willing to accept the loss of this aspect of his education. After the fifth canceled session, Darren waits until the other students leave, and he seeks to continue his extracurricular studies. Will Arlen agree to resume Darren’s training? Or will she maintain his forced sabbatical on the extra lessons?
As the rest of the students rushed to leave, Darren closed his book and shoved it into his pack. When the door swung shut, chasing the last student, Darren rose, slinging the pack’s strap over his shoulder. He ran his fingers through his hair while inching closer to Arlen’s desk. “When’s the next private class?”
“Wouldn’t you rather take a break and relax?”
Darren shook his head, tightening his grasp around his pack’s sling.
The lithe teacher grinned and pulled something out of a drawer, hiding it in her palm. “Are you sure? You’re quite the skilled healer.”
“I don’t want to stop until I’ve learned everything you can teach me.”
Laughter bubbled out of Arlen’s lips as she tossed the trinket over her head. The metal caught the light as it twirled. When the thing reached the apex of its journey, Arlen plucked the object out of the air. Arlen’s fingers stroked her chin as her smile warmed. “There are aspects of this life that still elude you, Darren.”
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