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Chapter 1 - Rene Ashia
Michi Watanabe
Dec 7, 2017
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No Plagiarism!tfO5XlcDhuz4rLQw1vNMposted on PENANA

Rene Ashia starts his day waking up to the sound of his alarm clock. After a few minutes of idling he yawns before he decides to get up. He wasn’t much of a morning person and actually hates the cold morning air especially if it was raining. Today though, he was in luck to experience one of those days.copyright protection15PENANATadOrmLVkn

The hard rain could be heard pounding the glass window by his bed. It was morning but the outside was clouded in darkness.copyright protection15PENANAYODNTA85dq

So today is finally the day I attend that school is it…? Rene thought to himself as he fiddled with his chest length hair dangling down his side.copyright protection15PENANAANu1ykyAPm

A bright light engulfed the room and *Bang*- the loud crackling sound of thunder shook the entire room.copyright protection15PENANAmJxAxZXiUh

“Hiyaaaah-!!!”copyright protection15PENANAGS6jFZUO58

Rene jumped back in his bed. It wasn’t because he was startled by the sudden thunder strike, but more because of a certain something suddenly grabbing hold of him from underneath the bedcover.copyright protection15PENANAfFVJHu4f4U

Even as he moved back, he could clearly see that whatever was inside his sheets is now squirming around under it.copyright protection15PENANACrE92b8Zu2

“I-is it a ghost…? No, there’s no way such a thing exists now right?”copyright protection15PENANAhaVnuBnoqt

Taking a deep breath, Rene decided to pull over his sheets. But just at the last moment, the thunder once again boomed causing him to jump up startled.copyright protection15PENANAxF8spQXt61

At that same time, a hand shot out from under the sheets dragging him into it.copyright protection15PENANAoIt2RveZuI

“N-nooooo…! I’m not tasty please let me go!”copyright protection15PENANA2LSX9nywMY

Rene covered his eyes thinking that he was still dreaming. But he knew it wasn’t as he shivered when something soft and cold wriggled on top his body.copyright protection15PENANAZjE8M3ZJx5

“Rena…”copyright protection15PENANALVOeYFKcFe

“Nnh…?”copyright protection15PENANAUH0NF9aeGX

Rene opened one of eyes to peek at the source of the voice. But since it was dark and he couldn’t see, Rene lifted off the sheets covering them.copyright protection15PENANAdFgRO3UNMr

Emerging from within, a girl with flowing silver hair was lying on top of him.copyright protection15PENANASynGNlmxy1

“E-eve…!? What are you doing in the boys dormitory…!?”copyright protection15PENANAMsJMgoWrDC

“Huh, huh, huh…? So sleepy…”copyright protection15PENANAoQiFH6ICTv

Eve rubbed her eyes yawning as she was still half asleep.copyright protection15PENANA3M3rtQMPnl

“Don’t fall asleep again!!!”copyright protection15PENANARaOBX4ZTwC

For the third time, lightning once again struck.copyright protection15PENANAwVtPAaVjMP

This time Eve’s eyes bolted open in shock and she buried herself onto Rene’s chest while trying to get underneath his shirt.copyright protection15PENANAPQBSi5J4V7

“W-wait what are you doing Eve!? If someone sees us like this it’ll be-”copyright protection15PENANAqMhenejn8P

Exactly as Rene was about to complete his words…*Clink*- the door towards their room opened.copyright protection15PENANA0FKtulEpEr

“Good Morning! I hope the rain didn’t get to you…”copyright protection15PENANAfuiQmAW6FR

 A girl had entered the room with a puzzled look on her face.copyright protection15PENANAd5Dvj1JCpS

“T-this is…I can explain this!”copyright protection15PENANAsqxcU1xzrc

“Huhuu…Rena…take responsibility!”copyright protection15PENANA0GGjx3Tt9y

“E-eve!? Stop saying things that will cause a misunderstanding. Anyway…stop touching me there…ahn…”copyright protection15PENANAknEYSY0CAp

Rene let out a weird voice, he was particularly sensitive to touch and was ticklish but that was made things worst.copyright protection15PENANAu2Q2fK3Mjv

“I-i’m sorry for not entering without notice…! I knocked but the door wasn’t locked…! A-and anyway excuse me!!!”copyright protection15PENANAZkbFDIJxbS

The girl standing by the door quickly closed the door again with a flustered face.copyright protection15PENANA6wfKu8IuKj

“But, isn’t it supposed to be the part where you pat my head comforting me because of the terrifying thunder!?”copyright protection15PENANAUfmLhBwloQ

“Y-you haven’t changed at all haven’t you!!!”copyright protection15PENANAQoa23OKNlW

Moments later after smacking Eve on the head, Rene scolded Eve as they quickly changed and prepared for school. It was then Rene noticed that he was actually in the girls’ dorm.copyright protection15PENANAFssVcX3VsN

I’ll definitely complain to the headmaster for this and ask to immediately move. Rene clenched his fist as he thought to himself.copyright protection15PENANAen3A8lcEGB

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Helios Sanctum, 3rd year middle school. That was the name of the school and class Rene was in. It was a large school that incorporated from grade school all the way to high school and had a high prestige. It was completed around five years ago in order to draw in multiple gifted people into a single place. Built to nurture the minds of the future, it had very strict security. Entering Helios Sanctum would only mean you are exquisitely gifted or you were the child of an important figure. But Rene was neither. His grades are by far average, having no background status being an orphan, and the examiners themselves found no redeeming feature in him to even be worth mentioning.copyright protection15PENANAhwhKruHvp9

“Fuaahn…hey…Rena~”copyright protection15PENANAiDwmeFHrjo

Eve yawned, her well-endowed chest despite her age, squeezed down onto Rene’s hand while she held onto it as they walked their way through the school yard.copyright protection15PENANA3NW2sw6WRW

“W-what are you doing Eve…? People will get the wrong idea like this morning…”copyright protection15PENANAM8t4SUyApX

Rene quietly bent down and whispered to Eve.copyright protection15PENANAKIBg5QWMif

 “Muuu…well after all the time we’ve been separated don’t you miss me!? And plus it’s raining and there isn’t any problem with sharing an umbrella is there?”copyright protection15PENANAal36nwDutu

Eve pouted as she yanked Rene down towards her.copyright protection15PENANArfCUjvPR5f

“I-I do miss you but I’m a growing boy a-and t-their touching me…”copyright protection15PENANAPPXr63h2Pz

Noticing what Rene meant, Eve blushed.copyright protection15PENANAi0Um7iSKMl

“A-ah…! I…don’t mind if it’s you…”copyright protection15PENANAedBR7UmWMs

Eve mumbled in a low voice, clenching onto Rene’s arm even tighter.copyright protection15PENANAbBh92ockq2

“Huh…?copyright protection15PENANAUJ2O5a6YUT

“Nope…! Nothing at all….Rena~”copyright protection15PENANAk96V1eQnbC

Eve teased with a smile.copyright protection15PENANAQme8whwJCX

“I told you so many times! Stop calling me Rena, my name is Rene! Call me Ren!”copyright protection15PENANALwGOkMYrKT

“But Rena is cuter and it suits you more”copyright protection15PENANAk42rZ3FQrQ

“W-wha-!? M-maybe I should just cut my hair short again…”copyright protection15PENANAsidHqKYWtA

“NOOOO!!! You already promised me that you’d grow them with me.”copyright protection15PENANATf6z3rl2T6

“W-well that was five years ago! What’ll happen if people won’t recognize me as a boy anymore…?”copyright protection15PENANAVeaYFa2l0u

From behind them, a dull splash of something falling could be heard.copyright protection15PENANActMqaca98E

“Y-you want to be a boy…!?”copyright protection15PENANAK2URCXiX0b

“Oh Sephii…!? Are you okay…?”copyright protection15PENANA4VpfU5pWrq

Eve turned around and walked towards the girl lending out a hand.copyright protection15PENANAqDTd34pedy

Oh no…! It’s that girl from this morning. Just how much of the conversation did she hear? If word gets out that I’m a boy staying in girls’ dorm I’d be kicked out before I even attend the school in the first day! Rene thought to himself.copyright protection15PENANATYANPcL7aL

“G-g-g-good morning! Well I don’t really have a say in someone’s hobby…ahahaha…- So e-excuse me!”copyright protection15PENANAjeHJtCOTyf

The girl-Sephia quickly picked up her bag and dashed away despite being half drenched leaving her umbrella behind.copyright protection15PENANAjZTddXiCbv

“Wait, what…? Hey your umbrella…!”copyright protection15PENANAa5uLSjXEq7

“Well…isn’t Sephii quite the odd one?”copyright protection15PENANApKm7tPJhIi

“You’re one to talk…! Anyway hurry after her and give her the umbrella! Don’t you know her?”copyright protection15PENANAx2iqgvny7z

“Nah…I’ll give it to her later. Sephia is in the same 6th year class I’m in. She’ll be alright…maybe”copyright protection15PENANA4iEy3xR1bi

“M-maybe!? Hey she could possibly be your friend! Why don’t you care a little?”copyright protection15PENANA8B2uIvksN3

“Why should I? Could you possibly have a thing for her…?”copyright protection15PENANAKk53Lly8TG

“O-of course not…! I didn’t even know her name!”copyright protection15PENANAIXYmw2Un35

“Why are you looking away then…!? Hmm…I suppose now that you know her name could you possibly-”copyright protection15PENANAFcHIHqd1S0

“W-well I can’t help it! It’s not every day you see someone that cute roaming around. As a boy doesn’t that mean I’m particularly healthy?”copyright protection15PENANA4DlaG6wefq

“…is that so…? Well I’ll just say we are dating then!”copyright protection15PENANAUXoTkUWei0

“W-what-!? Do you want people to think I’m a pedophile or something? What’ll happen if i get kicked out of the school instead?”copyright protection15PENANAkXc1FTrTVk

“EH!? I don’t want that! Ugh…How about i forgive you…but…! Only if you agree to three conditions”copyright protection15PENANAU0XgbEmHSC

“Haaah…But what did I even do wrong…? Well alright then, it’s better than getting expelled on the first day-”copyright protection15PENANA8NzwHTrE8J

“One…! Let me call you Rena!”copyright protection15PENANAEsHQunKVhF

“Can’t you just call me Ren…!?”copyright protection15PENANAgbFdrQROyK

“No! It has to be Rena or I’ll say we’re dating”copyright protection15PENANArGy0dgUFU3

“Urghh…o-okay…”copyright protection15PENANAoyv6oZu8VL

“Two…! You’re not allowed to date to any other girls aside from me!”copyright protection15PENANAObWtpokhdS

“W-whaa…? Okay…? It’s not like I was interested in dating others anyway.”copyright protection15PENANA2EzBFMRArL

“Not interested in…? Ehem! I mean THREE!!! You aren’t allowed to cut your hair without my permission!”copyright protection15PENANADQk9XJ8rS4

“Well…it’s not like I’d cut it anyway…come to think of it, this hair is what reminded myself of you. It’s because you deliberately cut your beautiful hair just to grow out our hair equally together and forced me to make a promise that I’d feel bad if I cut it without your notice.”copyright protection15PENANAcGf9aExuWL

Eve coughed and looked away.copyright protection15PENANAnYqWz5JqGb

“And last! Let me sleep with you again tonight!”copyright protection15PENANAck1xtYgBp9

“No! You said three! Don’t think I didn’t count”copyright protection15PENANAGCPVL0Ajvw

“Ehhh…!? But you’ve never complained back when we were in the orphanage!”copyright protection15PENANA4SuuP3Ayuh

“T-this and that are different things! Back then, there was no other bed so it couldn’t be helped!”copyright protection15PENANAJHBLe4JvG9

I can’t tell her it’s because she’s grown in some ways, and it’s not like I’m planning on staying there once I resolve all this. Rene thought to himself as he started to walk faster.copyright protection15PENANAEmLuixuSQZ

“H-hey wait up! Why are leaving me behind!”copyright protection15PENANAoURTpHX0fs

“Well if I don’t hurry, I’ll be late for the school assembly! Plus, your class is that way.”copyright protection15PENANAiY9TKoYuTE

The road had split into two, and Rene pointed in an adjacent direction to the main school building on the left side whereas he headed to the right while trying to keep his thoughts to himself.copyright protection15PENANADx0p2iWwbM

“Aarrrghhhh!!! Why must you be older than meeeeee!”copyright protection15PENANAwAHot75q8k

Eve puffed her cheeks, swinging her hands up and down dissatisfied.copyright protection15PENANATqj2j3qhxk

“Haah…Well there’s nothing I can do about that now can I…? Listen, I’ll come pick you up after school okay?”copyright protection15PENANAWbSXBUgxqr

“Uuu…! Don’t you go flirting on other girls behind my back okay!”copyright protection15PENANAkX12lv9qWi

“Ahahaha…I won’t, I won’t…”copyright protection15PENANALPI4R28ijG

Rene waved towards Eve as she stomped her way to the main school building.copyright protection15PENANACgSudtpt1Q

The morning bell rang as they parted ways.copyright protection15PENANAUmNWo8ryzn

#copyright protection15PENANAQkcyp4AynU

Rene hurried into the glass covered auditorium as the rain poured even harder.copyright protection15PENANAeZa7unATRB

After entering, he was met by the curious looks of the other student body of middle years who had already been seated inside.copyright protection15PENANAJLXxImF9Uf

“G-good morning!”copyright protection15PENANAxLzKkZPVxc

Rene quickly greeted them, passing through as calmly as he could while trying to find an empty seat.copyright protection15PENANAPMc0TGotAf

Wait…isn’t there something weird here going on…? Rene curiously thought to himself as he surveyed the surroundings.copyright protection15PENANA5k13RJpwTk

 In contrast to how large and prestigious the school was, the total amount of the whole middle school student body barely filled one of the three basketball courts that made up the auditorium. There were ten rows of ten, evenly split into three aisles. This meant that there were only one hundred students per grade, for a total of three hundred students.copyright protection15PENANALr6lbqk0lS

Gripping his bag tightly, Rene scanned through the rows looking for a vacant seat all the while feeling anxious being the center of attention.copyright protection15PENANAdaEpby6z1G

“Psstt…over here…”copyright protection15PENANAO70PbSzAos

At the same moment as the whispering sound calling out to him, Rene was surprised by a holographic screen that popped up at the edge of his sights.copyright protection15PENANAVaT1w5rR6M

Written on it was…copyright protection15PENANAJjXnI8WPHX

[Allow third party guidance? Yes / No]copyright protection15PENANAvv5wlgoURN

“Eh…? What is this…? Yes I suppose?”copyright protection15PENANAmMYgOulgms

[Voice recognition confirmed…]copyright protection15PENANA25L0tu9pjQ

A screen that confirmed his decision flashed and disappeared, shortly after a bubble like arrow appeared pointing him towards the direction of someone waving their hand towards him. Sure enough where the arrow pointed, there was a vacant seat.copyright protection15PENANAnPmsmIJLCA

I don’t really know what’s going on, but for the mean time I should hurry and get seated… Rene thought to himself.copyright protection15PENANAzZnxgb2Cro

The guiding arrow was pretty convenient, because of it, Rene could quickly walk towards his destination without having to look up and see the stares of others.copyright protection15PENANA4uuQvXlEmE

“Over here!”copyright protection15PENANAvKuSdRAWCd

“Uwaahh…!”copyright protection15PENANAwbcUJt5M5x

Since Rene was only paying attention to the arrow instead of his surroundings, he was surprised when suddenly he was pulled into the row by quite a beautiful girl.copyright protection15PENANAba2F0xClbZ

“T-thank you! Um…?”copyright protection15PENANA0GKvzXm9TZ

“Oh! My name’s Flaire Amethyst. I’ve never seen you before…are you new here!?”copyright protection15PENANAmqbzkU3pH8

“Y-yeah…I’m Rene Ashia I just moved in last night. Nice to meet you…!”copyright protection15PENANAXSjZxkxaFI

“Ohhh…this is the first time I’ve heard of someone transferring in their third year. You must be pretty talented! So tell me tell me what’re you good at!? I love alchemy, and I can make powerful potions! Want to try some of potions? Hehehe…”copyright protection15PENANAaGpUbYRy8K

“Ahaha…well about that…”copyright protection15PENANAxvaJ4vE7Vl

“Well it can wait till later, the shows starting!”copyright protection15PENANAgSezSLUpWz

The girl made a *Sshh*- gesture and winked towards him as the lights within the auditorium dimmed not long after their short exchange.copyright protection15PENANA87gy1swT0F

Hnngg…Flair is also pretty, but I guess a bit weird on the weird side…No no! What am I saying after she helped me find a seat. I-i should apologize for thinking that… Rene tensed up while thinking to himself.copyright protection15PENANAEyaPhfkVnf

 [ATTENTION]copyright protection15PENANAhD7vd0h7pe

Large letters had appeared this time within his line of sight, and arrows smaller than the previous one guided him to look forward towards the stage set before the rows of student.copyright protection15PENANAHxlX5mpCgq

On the stage where everybody’s attention is now focused on, a person who could be perceived as one of the teachers had stood and started the opening ceremony.copyright protection15PENANAhUZsJgH3c5

To those who will be joining us this year, we welcome you to Helios Sanctum. copyright protection15PENANAiuJqZXqh5Q

The sound of cheers could be heard from the crowd, but a notification which also appeared at the corner of Rene’s screen seemed to have quieted them.copyright protection15PENANAvMnQKtca5t

As you all might have been told as you enrolled here, this school does not follow the standard curriculum. Rather than that, we have our own special unique ranking system… Every year, the one with the title of number one will be granted a wish. This wish can be anything! Fame, fortune, or perhaps your wildest dreams…? copyright protection15PENANABnnAQ6Rya3

Hearing the prize of having your gift granted made Rene feel rather uneasy, it probably wasn’t something easy to do, but even he had a wish he would’ve really like to have granted which also made him excited.copyright protection15PENANADsxmTxjkOo

You are all here as the chosen one hundred of your generation. So during your three years here, we will help to bring out the best of your abilities. We believe that each of you possess a unique ability capable of competing with one another. Thus I hope you will live your life to the fullest here. Next will be a word from the Principle.copyright protection15PENANAajby9W1m77

Just before anybody could raise their hand for applause, a bright light beamed from the back of the stage. The stage then magically transformed, easily catching the attention of the awestruck students including Rene.copyright protection15PENANAPIvdimj9Ut

As if watching one of those popular VR music concerts in the early 2000’s, out from nowhere, the figure of a woman who was apparently the headmaster appeared.copyright protection15PENANAdyWKUQiea6

“W-whaa? Mama…!?”copyright protection15PENANADlqPTALVXS

Those words slipped Rene’s mouth as he quickly covered them. The girl beside him gave him a puzzled look but Rene pretended it was nothing.copyright protection15PENANA2NAy0TUj3P

No way…so my sudden admittance to such a high prestige school and being put in the same room as Eve was her doing? Rene shivered thinking of how a normal looking lady in a backwater orphanage could actually be someone this important.copyright protection15PENANANgnK1iAjxL

Good Morning, my name is Elise Stacia. Once again, I congratulate those of you who have passed the tedious tests and joined our ranks. As some of you might already know I am your Principle and as such consider my words as the laws in this place…copyright protection15PENANAqb6Q0ZrLUo

The whole auditorium which had previously been teemed with excitement had suddenly become silent.copyright protection15PENANAEXbfwb8rvb

No objections…? Good! First of all, I would like to apologize for merely only projecting myself before you. I am currently away from the school grounds and as such please forgive me. But before we continue on, I’d love to introduce two special students this year…copyright protection15PENANAgisE2tWDMu

“Eh…? What is this…!?” Rene’s face grew pale in shock.copyright protection15PENANAodFu4Ftvro

“What’s wrong…? Are you sick? I have a potion if you want…?”copyright protection15PENANAT5m5lSgujM

Could the two of you who received the notification please head over to the stage?copyright protection15PENANAFA47e7BbKo

“This is…are you serious…?” Rene trembled as he got up.copyright protection15PENANAF8BkDFZ6br

The voices of surprised, excited, and confused students began to circulate.copyright protection15PENANAv5xSaSKrm4

“Is that Christopher Pier…?”copyright protection15PENANAd2EiaTpL4a

“For real!? It’s actually him!”copyright protection15PENANA9JiL3Vq32C

“Is he born with multiple gifts or something? That’s not fair, he is good looking and smart too! Just what is he?”copyright protection15PENANAuyH2qRUbig

“But who is that other person…?”copyright protection15PENANAgwjUOtNdfS

“I don’t know, but she looks quite pretty. Maybe I can make her my girlfriend?”copyright protection15PENANAooBGaFCAIF

Rene gritted his teeth as he silently walked towards the stage. I’ll show you…every one of you that makes fun of me…! The thought lingered in his mind but he didn’t let it show. Rene knows that words are meaningless, that’s why when he was notified of his sudden school transfer to a prestigious school he felt relieved. Because he finally got the chance to prove himself, he believes that hard work would always pay off, and what better way to prove it than here where the most talented are gathered.copyright protection15PENANAdddUfEL9Q4

Good! Now let me introduce you to the two who will create history! First off, the one who you all probably know as the genius behind the NIL technology that allows you to see virtual reality with your own eyes, Christopher Pier!copyright protection15PENANAq6BK0pdODt

Christopher stepped forward and just stood there as the sounds of cheering and clapping greeted the mentioning of his name. In mere moments, the commotion quickly died down as Elise raised her hand silencing them.copyright protection15PENANAG1SiI2XlDF

...And next we have Rene Ashia!-copyright protection15PENANA0QTeK8TwiJ

“Yayyy!!!” The shout of joy which Rene noticed originating from Flair could be heard as only she was the one who clapped her hands followed by a few others that were unconsciously led by her.copyright protection15PENANABJPctPCHEf

That girl…Flair was it? She really is something… Rene thought wanting to look away, confused between feeling embarrassed or happy about it.copyright protection15PENANAalh2DZ5AkI

Ehem…A challenger… With average abilities and with no talents whatsoever, what this child lacks he will overcome by hard work…! copyright protection15PENANAgly9zjhsPA

The students were baffled, even Flair had a shocked look in her eyes. Silence once again took over the Auditorium.copyright protection15PENANAbqj0DNQfuv

What…? So I wasn’t brought here because I had talent…? Who are you kidding…? Rene gritted his teeth bearing his thought in frustration.copyright protection15PENANAvFQMIuMN46

Now for the main event…This…! Will be the starting rankings of the year!copyright protection15PENANAvks4u1oLud

The background of the stage rippled and distorted, becoming a three side wall with the names and number of the ranks.copyright protection15PENANAmGEFHisyxX

The names on the list would probably start with the newcomers at the bottom hundreds of the list, so there’s no reason to check them- Rene’s thought was cut short when he saw the name on the top of the list.copyright protection15PENANA32CUOlpA8t

The number one is Christpher Pier…!? Tcih! Then what about me!? Keeping his thoughts to himself, Rene clenched his fists as he scanned through the list for his name.copyright protection15PENANAHEO9Jjb74G

Even the audience couldn’t stay put seeing Christopher’s name suddenly on top of the list, some were even voicing their discontent.copyright protection15PENANAlqnZ64hzCP

Wait…what is this? Why is Flair number 298!? A-and I’m dead last? Rene caught a glimpse Flair’s figure shrinking down in her seat.copyright protection15PENANAwGR9BGu0hC

Now, now I know that all of you must have been surprised by a newcomer holding the number one status. But as the creator of the NIL which all of you conveniently use, it’s only fair that in his one and only year here with his achievements, he is granted at least this much… copyright protection15PENANAuZhj90Ck7H

The voices of discontent once again broke out, but with a simple gesture from Elise they were quickly silenced again.copyright protection15PENANA1s8osesKO5

As my words are the laws of this place, I will allow for one duel! A winner takes all challenge! If you are capable of besting Christopher in a challenge of your choice, you will lead an early start as the number one…but should you lose! Your current rank will be exchanged with that of Rene. Any volunteers…?copyright protection15PENANAzkMrto8Ypp

The people who were previously discontent are now showing faces of hesitation.copyright protection15PENANAAUoSdxSQS0

Is there something about the ranking system…? Or is it about pride…? There shouldn’t be anything to lose from a single duel right…? Rene’s thought was immediately answered.copyright protection15PENANAyTtGhVVKGJ

As you all know…the penalty of being the last is the cut of all your financial support from our facilities. Which means, you will have to work hard to gain our trust in your abilities…this is the last call, any volunteers!?copyright protection15PENANAQf4DHy1Pwq

The auditorium was immediately silent. Everyone here has a goal in mind; they can’t afford to lose the support in achieving their dreams. All of them, except for one…copyright protection15PENANAf7kDZybRp4

“I’ll do it! Because I’ll be the one to show you, that talent is nothing compared to hard work!”copyright protection15PENANASXXlEfhz0X

Rene stepped forward and raised his fist up high.copyright protection15PENANAjQdntVVvKr

“Well, it’s good that you don’t have anything to lose… but against a little girl, it’ll be rude of me as a man to go all out. So as a handicap, I’ll only be using my left hand…-”copyright protection15PENANAWZyhDyQOpf

“WHO ARE YOU CALLING A LITTLE GIRL…! I’ll make you regret saying those words!” Rene snapped back.copyright protection15PENANATidRDR6Vr7

“Well for starters, I’ll be updating combat data for everyone’s NIL here. If you can land even a hit on me, it’ll be your win and I’ll acknowledge whatever you say. So how about it…?”copyright protection15PENANATLY78s24XM

Christopher gestured his hands somewhat manipulating an invisible device. Moments later a notification appeared at the corner of Rene and the other’s sight.copyright protection15PENANAwUM5bpD1e3

[Updating Combat Sequence….Combat mode implemented]copyright protection15PENANAh7luYZm5VO

 “W-what…?” Rene felt slightly confused by what he is seeing.copyright protection15PENANAdOzbVIEYMB

Alright, I will now acknowledge this duel. Let this be a lesson for all of you who will attempt to challenge the number one before you.copyright protection15PENANAKjwxoHW1Ib

“Ready when you are…” Christopher sneered.copyright protection15PENANA50iruhqRnm

[Warning, target has initialized combat mode. Activate combat mode? Yes/No]copyright protection15PENANAFBaeM6Wq4J

“Ghghh…No I won’t use combat mode! I’ll beat you at your own game fair and square!!!” Rene gritted his teeth and clenched his fists so strongly that it ached.copyright protection15PENANA2P2ymqgisZ

If there was something that Rene was good at, it would be fighting. To avoid being bullied and to fight back and protect Eve, Rene had diligently practiced multiple martial arts refining his body over the years.copyright protection15PENANAuxZMYu4pls

I won’t lose to a makeshift technology! Rene thought as he took up a stance dedicated for a quick finish.copyright protection15PENANAL03WfQ3bg7

Rene channeled all his energy into his legs. The distance between him and Christopher was a mere ten meters, he focused himself into thinking he was a bullet. He needed more speed, more strength in his legs. A serene silence overcame his mind. He closed his eyes and felt it. He was ready, he was more than ready. Feeling as if he became one with the wind, he pulled the trigger.copyright protection15PENANAUjXWSjn8CP

The stage cracked under Rene’s foot as he launched himself. To the audience, it would seem as if Rene had somewhat disappeared.copyright protection15PENANA76n7TmBYMW

Forgive me if I break your bones, but this will end it! In the slow motion world only visible by Rene, he positioned his knee forward. Relying on the strength of his legs to knock Christopher out, Rene prepared himself to also receive the impact from colliding.copyright protection15PENANAqyXuuckynB

But, his legs never reached Christopher. Instead, to his shock, a dull pain hit his back as he was knocked off course and tumbled down off stage. Unable to stop himself, he crashed into the glass walls of the Auditorium and out into the school yard. The heavy rain poured down on his pitiful form covered in wounds.copyright protection15PENANAGiUDeNXBWz

“So…this is the difference between talent and…hard…work…” Rene gasped as he coughed out blood. His consciousness slowly faded away.copyright protection15PENANAr3GOaAbMyX

“Rene…!”copyright protection15PENANAJZvGt0SNzg

Before passing out, Rene saw a figure of someone running towards him. Is that Flair…? He thought before the last of his consciousness left him.copyright protection15PENANApfzkSN7Pp3

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