Chapter 32:

Chapter Twenty‑Six: The Whispers of the Wind

Beyond the Borders Volume 1

Aryia stood there in the open meadow as the sun beamed down. Zhan‑Ming
sat down with her legs crossed, barefoot on the grass as a gentle breeze
blew from the North. It was quite peaceful, calm, tranquil until Aryia
spoke.Bookmark here

“So, what are you going to teach me first?”Bookmark here

Anticipation was clear in her voice. She wanted to begin learning as
soon as possible.Bookmark here

“First, remove your shoes,” Zhan‑Ming said closing her eyes.Bookmark here

She seemed slightly confused by her words.Bookmark here

“Why? Do you like feet or something?”Bookmark here

Zhan‑Ming quickly opened her eyes, her face as red as a cherry.Bookmark here

“What?! No, its for training. We start with mediation.”Bookmark here

Zhan‑Ming closed her eyes again as Aryia removed her shoes. She sat down
in front of her with her legs crossed and closed her eyes as well.Bookmark here

“Unlike the other elements, wind magic is linked to the soles of our
feet.”Bookmark here

“I still think you just wanted to see my feet,” Aryia said with a grin.Bookmark here

“Do you want me to teach you how to use your magic or not?” she asked as
she shot Aryia a half‑moon glare.Bookmark here

“Sorry, sorry.”Bookmark here

Both of them closed their eyes once more and sat their as still as a
tree.Bookmark here

“Now, relax your body and feel the magic rush through your feet and up
your whole body.”Bookmark here

Aryia sat their trying to relax and let the magic flow within her. Ten
minutes had passed as she waited — nothing.Bookmark here

“Is it supposed to take this long?”Bookmark here

“You have to be patient.”Bookmark here

Another ten minutes passed.Bookmark here

“Do you feel the energy flowing within?”Bookmark here

“I feel like I have to pee.”Bookmark here

Zhan‑Ming opened her eyes. She had many pupils before, almost all of
them were good or at least decently behaved, however, this girl was
already starting to annoy her. She glared at Aryia.Bookmark here

“Then go pee behind those trees,” she said pointing to some off in the
distance.Bookmark here

“But what if someone sees?”Bookmark here

“We are outside of the city. I highly doubt anyone would be able to
see.”Bookmark here

Aryia stood up from her sitting lotus position and brushed off the grass
on her hind legs.Bookmark here

“Okay, but no sniffing my shoes while I am away,” Aryia said with a
teasing smile.Bookmark here

“I already told you—”Bookmark here

Before Zhan‑Ming could finish her sentence Aryia ran off to the nearby
forest to ameliorate her bladder.Bookmark here

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A few days passed as Zhan‑Ming taught Aryia everything she knew. It was
surprising to her that this little girl was learning everything at a
rapid pace. She knew that one day Aryia would surpass her if she
continued to train. Over the course of a few days Aryia’s magic had
gotten better. She was now able to conjure a strong wind from her hands
and could even shoot wind from her feet. Zhan‑Ming looked over to Aryia
as she continued to practice. *This girl is unique*, Zhan‑Ming thought.
*She might not listen well but she is innovative and thinks outside the
box*.Bookmark here

“Seeing as how this is our last day training together how about you show
me what you have learned,” Zhan‑Ming said with a smile.Bookmark here

Aryia nodded as the two of them faced each other. She readied herself
for combat as Zhan‑Ming stood there with her hands behind her back. She
rushed forward like a bullet hoping to get the first blow on her
teacher. Zhan‑Ming appeared unimpressed as she dodged Aryia’s attack
without any effort.Bookmark here

“Rushing in to attack your opponent blindly leads to tiring yourself
out.”Bookmark here

Aryia tried again, hoping this time yjr attack would connect. Zhan‑Ming
ducked as Aryia’s arm flew over Zhan‑Ming’s head. Like a flash of
lightning she grabbed Aryia’s wrist and flipped her over her shoulder as
if it was nothing. Aryia hit the soft grass with a thud as she looked up
to her teacher.Bookmark here

“Try again.”Bookmark here

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