Beyond the Borders Volume 1
Aryia and Ryliah walked down to the academy in silence. She wondered
what it was like for Ryliah to join the Black Knights and why she joined
it in the first place. Ryliah didn’t speak for a bit as she recalled the
time she was a Warrant Officer, training at the very academy they were
Before they were able to get onto the academy base grounds the two of
them were stopped at the gate by one of the Military Police.
“Please state your business.”
“We were hoping to get onto the academy grounds to see a friend,” Aryia
“You will need to file the proper paperwork and—”
“I don’t think so,” Ryliah said trying to walk past the guard.
The guard quickly stepped in front of her. Ryliah removed her jacket
revealing her rank on her shoulder. Without another word the soldier
quickly snapped to attention and saluted.
“I am sorry about that ma’am, you are free to go in.”
“Private Kozyki is with me as well.”
Without another word the two of them continued on. Aryia noticed the
smirk on Ryliah’s face.
“It must be great to pull rank like that,” Aryia said with a coy smile.
“Heh. When you get to be an officer rank it is quite fun to pull rank on
those below you. Bet you are also glad I tagged along.”
“Yeah, if you weren’t here I would’ve had to sneak my way in here.”
“And just how would have you done that?”
“Easy, with a cardboard box.”
The two of them headed into the barrack as Aryia began to reminisce of
the time she spent with her platoon. Inside the barracks was a girl who
was busy mopping the floor. Looking up from her cleaning duty she
noticed Ryliah and Aryia.
“Oh, hey Aryia. What brings you by here?”
“I was hoping to talk to Mari.”
“She is out on the training field for sword combat.”
Aryia and Ryliah thanked the girl as they left the barracks and headed
for the training field. At the training field each of the squad members
were paired with each other practicing sword techniques. Aryia took note
of Mari and how her swordplay was improving quite a bit.
“Everyone line up!” the instructor shouted.
All of the privates lined up as whispers could be heard from some of
“Hey, isn’t that Aryia?”
“I don’t think so.”
Ryliah buried her hands into her coat pockets as the instructor started
“We will now commence with the sword sparing exam. The goal is to disarm
your opponent or land a fatal blow with the wooden sword. First up will
As the instructor looked to his clipboard and then around at the
students he noticed two girls that appeared to be out of place.
“Can I help the two of you?”
“No, carry on,” Ryliah said.
The first fight was between two guys. Both of them were slightly
muscular and appeared to know what they were doing — at least in Aryia’s
mind. Ryliah, however, noticed many flaws, from their battle stance, to
how they held their weapons.
“So who do you think is going to win?”
“In a true fight both of them would be dead,” Ryliah said.
“Five Yukaris says the red head wins.”
“Do you really want to bet money on a match that I already know the
“Orange hair then.”
“Fight!” the instructor shouted.
With that word the two guys rushed at each other like two jousters,
locking swords. Both were evenly matched until the guy with orange hair
disarmed the weapon from the red hair student. Aryia was slightly upset
that she was now down five whole Yukaris. Ryliah simply smiled.
Aryia handed the money to Ryliah as the instructor looked to his
“Private Kozun and Private O’Hara.”
Mari held the wooden sword with both hands. She appeared confident but
Ryliah could see through all of that. Izumi held the wooden sword with
one‑hand, like a rapier.
“I hope Mari will win.”
“Sad to say, but she won’t. Her stance is flawed and not
counter‑balanced at all.”
Aryia was a bit upset that Mari wouldn’t win.
“Want to bet on it again?” Ryliah asked jokingly.
“I would rather not this time.”
As Mari and Izumi fought the battle was pretty clear that Izumi would be
the winner. While Izumi did try to lessen her skill‑level to give Mari
an advantage, it did not help at all. The battle continued until Izumi
disarmed Mari and held the wooden sword against her throat. Izumi smiled
as she helped her up to her feet. Once the match was over Mari noticed
Aryia standing on the sidelines. Like a wispy child she ran over to her
and hugged Aryia tightly.
“Aryia, it has been too long. You look so different.”
“You still look the same.”
“Anyways, what are you two doing here?”
“I wanted to come by and see you.”
Mari simply smirked.
“Did you miss me too much?”
The two of them laughed until the sound of the instructor jarred them
from their time together. He ordered her to get back in line, however,
before Mari could move Ryliah revealed her rank.
“We need her for a few minutes, feel free to carry on.”
Realizing that Ryliah outranked him the sergeant gave a quick salute and
called the next two people for the exam.
“I wish I could have passed my exams. The tactics and written exams are
easy for me but the physical stuff is not my forte. It feels like I am
going to stay a Private forever.”
“Aww. Don’t say that Mari, you will become an Officer one day.”
“I could talk to the Major to see if she could recommend you for an
Officer track,” Ryliah said.
“W‑Would you really do that?”
Mari was quite shocked. Even Aryia was a bit shocked but she was happy
if Lylianna would even consider doing that.
“You would still have to know how to fight. So that means working on
your physical prowess but if I have free time I can try and help out
Ryliah looked at her watch, taking note of the time.
“I can help too,” Aryia said.
“We will have to do sword training another day though. Aryia we need to
“That would be amazing, thank you.”
Aryia and Ryliah walked away as Mari headed back to the sidelines and
fell in‑line with the rest of the platoon.