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Chapter 1 - Rene Ashia
Michi Watanabe
Dec 7, 2017
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No Plagiarism!9FsNmxClhwaTbdCsKY0Iposted 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 protection56PENANAuAuTxxLldU

The hard rain could be heard pounding the glass window by his bed. It was morning but the outside was clouded in darkness.copyright protection56PENANAxnA0bWxNiP

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 protection56PENANAksIvFlYqjY

A bright light engulfed the room and *Bang*- the loud crackling sound of thunder shook the entire room.copyright protection56PENANA8NyCH69tsn

“Hiyaaaah-!!!”copyright protection56PENANAn0LY0WUyKd

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 protection56PENANAn5F6AlrzLL

Even as he moved back, he could clearly see that whatever was inside his sheets is now squirming around under it.copyright protection56PENANAxTz6vhcFKE

“I-is it a ghost…? No, there’s no way such a thing exists now right?”copyright protection56PENANA38EP6FM1dw

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 protection56PENANAeACTHce9L0

At that same time, a hand shot out from under the sheets dragging him into it.copyright protection56PENANAUjTuppMC5w

“N-nooooo…! I’m not tasty please let me go!”copyright protection56PENANAh9FWYLBKMO

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 protection56PENANAh0pTU669fS

“Rena…”copyright protection56PENANA9ac3FCtrez

“Nnh…?”copyright protection56PENANAYvJDrHp2sc

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 protection56PENANARKcgD7nKgC

Emerging from within, a girl with flowing silver hair was lying on top of him.copyright protection56PENANADqNPusrXUF

“E-eve…!? What are you doing in the boys dormitory…!?”copyright protection56PENANAxSbgvDYVGq

“Huh, huh, huh…? So sleepy…”copyright protection56PENANA7xbkOOrbzI

Eve rubbed her eyes yawning as she was still half asleep.copyright protection56PENANAOc9B2D4tBZ

“Don’t fall asleep again!!!”copyright protection56PENANA98RlpnYniE

For the third time, lightning once again struck.copyright protection56PENANAOpbZK0Obbn

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 protection56PENANAUZA3BDGG6h

“W-wait what are you doing Eve!? If someone sees us like this it’ll be-”copyright protection56PENANAFgqwBPUAdd

Exactly as Rene was about to complete his words…*Clink*- the door towards their room opened.copyright protection56PENANAe1Dq0nqPzC

“Good Morning! I hope the rain didn’t get to you…”copyright protection56PENANAdtCNwdqdUx

 A girl had entered the room with a puzzled look on her face.copyright protection56PENANAvzOV6qL10Y

“T-this is…I can explain this!”copyright protection56PENANAef0RG1e7QN

“Huhuu…Rena…take responsibility!”copyright protection56PENANAJ3hlRNzi0t

“E-eve!? Stop saying things that will cause a misunderstanding. Anyway…stop touching me there…ahn…”copyright protection56PENANAPw3Era4db5

Rene let out a weird voice, he was particularly sensitive to touch and was ticklish but that was made things worst.copyright protection56PENANAbpkbg1dv83

“I-i’m sorry for not entering without notice…! I knocked but the door wasn’t locked…! A-and anyway excuse me!!!”copyright protection56PENANAjS6AeYnNgo

The girl standing by the door quickly closed the door again with a flustered face.copyright protection56PENANAh6UlKmvOzG

“But, isn’t it supposed to be the part where you pat my head comforting me because of the terrifying thunder!?”copyright protection56PENANAUL5eXmgaSo

“Y-you haven’t changed at all haven’t you!!!”copyright protection56PENANAdbhkLvj9jz

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 protection56PENANAyAFtWqQrfp

I’ll definitely complain to the headmaster for this and ask to immediately move. Rene clenched his fist as he thought to himself.copyright protection56PENANA89beo8AEit

#copyright protection56PENANA3wFkRqPaA8

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 protection56PENANAK9JqDFQt76

“Fuaahn…hey…Rena~”copyright protection56PENANATff4tDc4iv

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 protection56PENANAyl2dFUEv4e

“W-what are you doing Eve…? People will get the wrong idea like this morning…”copyright protection56PENANADPonf126va

Rene quietly bent down and whispered to Eve.copyright protection56PENANAcopssT5FYo

 “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 protection56PENANAbwJdJp8nUc

Eve pouted as she yanked Rene down towards her.copyright protection56PENANACy20Vh2Yox

“I-I do miss you but I’m a growing boy a-and t-their touching me…”copyright protection56PENANA8AVy2or83p

Noticing what Rene meant, Eve blushed.copyright protection56PENANAwfVgtFGB2A

“A-ah…! I…don’t mind if it’s you…”copyright protection56PENANAOE8QE38G2w

Eve mumbled in a low voice, clenching onto Rene’s arm even tighter.copyright protection56PENANAda69I9xahB

“Huh…?copyright protection56PENANAAOQv5jbLUd

“Nope…! Nothing at all….Rena~”copyright protection56PENANAlIRuzwyHdA

Eve teased with a smile.copyright protection56PENANAdqLjAts7DK

“I told you so many times! Stop calling me Rena, my name is Rene! Call me Ren!”copyright protection56PENANAJdyzJDTUpO

“But Rena is cuter and it suits you more”copyright protection56PENANA8KxZf6wONJ

“W-wha-!? M-maybe I should just cut my hair short again…”copyright protection56PENANAo1a9lKDOSh

“NOOOO!!! You already promised me that you’d grow them with me.”copyright protection56PENANAyBv7bfL4aa

“W-well that was five years ago! What’ll happen if people won’t recognize me as a boy anymore…?”copyright protection56PENANATiVqiawOYk

From behind them, a dull splash of something falling could be heard.copyright protection56PENANAxnlHxGrauj

“Y-you want to be a boy…!?”copyright protection56PENANAr3VWa6bVbl

“Oh Sephii…!? Are you okay…?”copyright protection56PENANA64D1uVc1Ka

Eve turned around and walked towards the girl lending out a hand.copyright protection56PENANAlhyHY5opfS

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 protection56PENANAJHVFD6LP2W

“G-g-g-good morning! Well I don’t really have a say in someone’s hobby…ahahaha…- So e-excuse me!”copyright protection56PENANAb80PavLmwv

The girl-Sephia quickly picked up her bag and dashed away despite being half drenched leaving her umbrella behind.copyright protection56PENANAxSM5zKbXaq

“Wait, what…? Hey your umbrella…!”copyright protection56PENANAQU7MzLSlBV

“Well…isn’t Sephii quite the odd one?”copyright protection56PENANAhM3iBeNnAk

“You’re one to talk…! Anyway hurry after her and give her the umbrella! Don’t you know her?”copyright protection56PENANAS7cEdLpoJA

“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 protection56PENANAPzvWl5Ieqj

“M-maybe!? Hey she could possibly be your friend! Why don’t you care a little?”copyright protection56PENANA9I6d0IrO52

“Why should I? Could you possibly have a thing for her…?”copyright protection56PENANA8X9kCn62LP

“O-of course not…! I didn’t even know her name!”copyright protection56PENANADAo8xKefZE

“Why are you looking away then…!? Hmm…I suppose now that you know her name could you possibly-”copyright protection56PENANAz8nGmooOct

“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 protection56PENANAQlr0G4nM69

“…is that so…? Well I’ll just say we are dating then!”copyright protection56PENANABKJ0TgK7wK

“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 protection56PENANAM6T9Mfxb4K

“EH!? I don’t want that! Ugh…How about i forgive you…but…! Only if you agree to three conditions”copyright protection56PENANAEV66VMajyh

“Haaah…But what did I even do wrong…? Well alright then, it’s better than getting expelled on the first day-”copyright protection56PENANAs91baUsV2Z

“One…! Let me call you Rena!”copyright protection56PENANAFO6yYSOw3S

“Can’t you just call me Ren…!?”copyright protection56PENANAgINmOJ8Z2H

“No! It has to be Rena or I’ll say we’re dating”copyright protection56PENANAguRhG1c9We

“Urghh…o-okay…”copyright protection56PENANA9C3fa18Zxc

“Two…! You’re not allowed to date to any other girls aside from me!”copyright protection56PENANAROUFbJpkIr

“W-whaa…? Okay…? It’s not like I was interested in dating others anyway.”copyright protection56PENANA1ZWShDTtNQ

“Not interested in…? Ehem! I mean THREE!!! You aren’t allowed to cut your hair without my permission!”copyright protection56PENANAIWsLbDNjCk

“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 protection56PENANAvt9q9kayFT

Eve coughed and looked away.copyright protection56PENANA0GSXz9BsDo

“And last! Let me sleep with you again tonight!”copyright protection56PENANAjmkM8wpVQ1

“No! You said three! Don’t think I didn’t count”copyright protection56PENANAgmvpMFKWdp

“Ehhh…!? But you’ve never complained back when we were in the orphanage!”copyright protection56PENANAPe6IcFSN8w

“T-this and that are different things! Back then, there was no other bed so it couldn’t be helped!”copyright protection56PENANAcrSxd03DWT

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 protection56PENANAEcf9C2OnZ2

“H-hey wait up! Why are leaving me behind!”copyright protection56PENANANOhTxtyphH

“Well if I don’t hurry, I’ll be late for the school assembly! Plus, your class is that way.”copyright protection56PENANAVt9O1mP4ZL

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 protection56PENANAYEYeOBgCYf

“Aarrrghhhh!!! Why must you be older than meeeeee!”copyright protection56PENANAFL4XFBre1I

Eve puffed her cheeks, swinging her hands up and down dissatisfied.copyright protection56PENANAVXc4LdrBir

“Haah…Well there’s nothing I can do about that now can I…? Listen, I’ll come pick you up after school okay?”copyright protection56PENANAnh5mvTXMwW

“Uuu…! Don’t you go flirting on other girls behind my back okay!”copyright protection56PENANA2cI69nIACK

“Ahahaha…I won’t, I won’t…”copyright protection56PENANAjxHwCtK352

Rene waved towards Eve as she stomped her way to the main school building.copyright protection56PENANAusjAOPuLB1

The morning bell rang as they parted ways.copyright protection56PENANAIDdqKnOtYq

#copyright protection56PENANAehYWOApyDu

Rene hurried into the glass covered auditorium as the rain poured even harder.copyright protection56PENANAB8XVILKdxl

After entering, he was met by the curious looks of the other student body of middle years who had already been seated inside.copyright protection56PENANAefZsGKPueN

“G-good morning!”copyright protection56PENANAVs5ToTtOr6

Rene quickly greeted them, passing through as calmly as he could while trying to find an empty seat.copyright protection56PENANAi2ffYY1Iby

Wait…isn’t there something weird here going on…? Rene curiously thought to himself as he surveyed the surroundings.copyright protection56PENANA4qO4SuOHZ2

 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 protection56PENANAvUuAOTuhHW

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 protection56PENANAo0ZEgXChFN

“Psstt…over here…”copyright protection56PENANAQJdEN68CO8

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 protection56PENANAEj39UR3o9K

Written on it was…copyright protection56PENANAkyKjc1gOiW

[Allow third party guidance? Yes / No]copyright protection56PENANAC8GQNtWV6K

“Eh…? What is this…? Yes I suppose?”copyright protection56PENANA4K47UZYXn7

[Voice recognition confirmed…]copyright protection56PENANAIIFt2SujGN

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 protection56PENANAfiVV9Jp5Ew

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 protection56PENANAQIhUQbTO9h

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 protection56PENANAWS0Cl3uPmb

“Over here!”copyright protection56PENANADCuzyDiYIW

“Uwaahh…!”copyright protection56PENANAuzFLuvXnk6

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 protection56PENANAFhYFTkIna5

“T-thank you! Um…?”copyright protection56PENANAzNH3mgGEep

“Oh! My name’s Flaire Amethyst. I’ve never seen you before…are you new here!?”copyright protection56PENANABIYhtsNqQ7

“Y-yeah…I’m Rene Ashia I just moved in last night. Nice to meet you…!”copyright protection56PENANAxvowbiQUG0

“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 protection56PENANA0fNIi9YYOc

“Ahaha…well about that…”copyright protection56PENANAnpUmGoOuPE

“Well it can wait till later, the shows starting!”copyright protection56PENANACma1SmjIhZ

The girl made a *Sshh*- gesture and winked towards him as the lights within the auditorium dimmed not long after their short exchange.copyright protection56PENANAJhewZxGXvu

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 protection56PENANAaTU4fBt45i

 [ATTENTION]copyright protection56PENANAIHFTIyf1gw

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 protection56PENANA10NgwNNdKi

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 protection56PENANAHUcBZrctvh

To those who will be joining us this year, we welcome you to Helios Sanctum. copyright protection56PENANAMeZr7HZnJg

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 protection56PENANAUKgI1NvO0g

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 protection56PENANA7HajjaLwDh

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 protection56PENANAOpvNRDvQ1e

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 protection56PENANA7VZoD1b8Pc

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 protection56PENANAoWUzgdK1Jn

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 protection56PENANAiyNOlEsRvu

“W-whaa? Mama…!?”copyright protection56PENANA6Dp6137dcW

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 protection56PENANApBTjbawVbg

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 protection56PENANAjuP6jbLM2h

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 protection56PENANAg8VGfWJm9W

The whole auditorium which had previously been teemed with excitement had suddenly become silent.copyright protection56PENANAjzxcSInpDy

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 protection56PENANAGX3v4nGQ9J

“Eh…? What is this…!?” Rene’s face grew pale in shock.copyright protection56PENANA7qS267ZQt9

“What’s wrong…? Are you sick? I have a potion if you want…?”copyright protection56PENANAMMIjZA2m0G

Could the two of you who received the notification please head over to the stage?copyright protection56PENANAVGDZcHmTxw

“This is…are you serious…?” Rene trembled as he got up.copyright protection56PENANACFWuI2BHT5

The voices of surprised, excited, and confused students began to circulate.copyright protection56PENANARFRzZRa2ea

“Is that Christopher Pier…?”copyright protection56PENANAIaRl933wWA

“For real!? It’s actually him!”copyright protection56PENANA2zgY3Y1EGU

“Is he born with multiple gifts or something? That’s not fair, he is good looking and smart too! Just what is he?”copyright protection56PENANAJxAB7zthCI

“But who is that other person…?”copyright protection56PENANAskSkG2oJyk

“I don’t know, but she looks quite pretty. Maybe I can make her my girlfriend?”copyright protection56PENANAkATAzXyACf

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 protection56PENANAumM5XTErbg

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 protection56PENANA9EB2Yh4m1C

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 protection56PENANAHmdBWMyvna

...And next we have Rene Ashia!-copyright protection56PENANAKRwxWuqBWB

“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 protection56PENANAS5gu8eMcAN

That girl…Flair was it? She really is something… Rene thought wanting to look away, confused between feeling embarrassed or happy about it.copyright protection56PENANAPi93T6PrCc

Ehem…A challenger… With average abilities and with no talents whatsoever, what this child lacks he will overcome by hard work…! copyright protection56PENANACm49T1DkDA

The students were baffled, even Flair had a shocked look in her eyes. Silence once again took over the Auditorium.copyright protection56PENANAWvFc0OqM01

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 protection56PENANAAQjJTcQIEs

Now for the main event…This…! Will be the starting rankings of the year!copyright protection56PENANAVgPZqJ133E

The background of the stage rippled and distorted, becoming a three side wall with the names and number of the ranks.copyright protection56PENANAD0ajca7DW8

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 protection56PENANAFxYZgRc7AR

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 protection56PENANAAv7pvx8xBc

Even the audience couldn’t stay put seeing Christopher’s name suddenly on top of the list, some were even voicing their discontent.copyright protection56PENANAbfdmzqwH4t

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 protection56PENANAPJ0NJhFVpf

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 protection56PENANAMZLUohsxO4

The voices of discontent once again broke out, but with a simple gesture from Elise they were quickly silenced again.copyright protection56PENANAK0kXmToSAs

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 protection56PENANAmpcndVETR3

The people who were previously discontent are now showing faces of hesitation.copyright protection56PENANA9E2Vzrc1Z1

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 protection56PENANA6J1qHnk5gU

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 protection56PENANAyCkKZyGErx

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 protection56PENANAIBbLwLcJMc

“I’ll do it! Because I’ll be the one to show you, that talent is nothing compared to hard work!”copyright protection56PENANAKTVLkD9EIp

Rene stepped forward and raised his fist up high.copyright protection56PENANAyh2T11sHGU

“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 protection56PENANAfpvra2cnLZ

“WHO ARE YOU CALLING A LITTLE GIRL…! I’ll make you regret saying those words!” Rene snapped back.copyright protection56PENANAzvSvhc8qQR

“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 protection56PENANAQp8Sj9ULRA

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 protection56PENANAF6ZaxadKyY

[Updating Combat Sequence….Combat mode implemented]copyright protection56PENANAJ7uBCLOLcE

 “W-what…?” Rene felt slightly confused by what he is seeing.copyright protection56PENANAC24KUnUO8M

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 protection56PENANApOTpYrAbb8

“Ready when you are…” Christopher sneered.copyright protection56PENANAaUfEvSqjDC

[Warning, target has initialized combat mode. Activate combat mode? Yes/No]copyright protection56PENANAYfF20zqVoy

“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 protection56PENANAHOmAel1Oxd

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 protection56PENANAWI7cmD4MWI

I won’t lose to a makeshift technology! Rene thought as he took up a stance dedicated for a quick finish.copyright protection56PENANApVY4YZEoU3

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 protection56PENANAXCRkd6FfUd

The stage cracked under Rene’s foot as he launched himself. To the audience, it would seem as if Rene had somewhat disappeared.copyright protection56PENANAsRVz3ic859

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 protection56PENANAQu5Oy3NdsI

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 protection56PENANAgpk8JyepN9

“So…this is the difference between talent and…hard…work…” Rene gasped as he coughed out blood. His consciousness slowly faded away.copyright protection56PENANADf0yP3R1bW

“Rene…!”copyright protection56PENANAb2qgQZjEdL

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 protection56PENANAnubHCUfRk3

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