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
“So, what are you going to teach me first?”
Anticipation was clear in her voice. She wanted to begin learning as
soon as possible.
“First, remove your shoes,” Zhan‑Ming said closing her eyes.
She seemed slightly confused by her words.
“Why? Do you like feet or something?”
Zhan‑Ming quickly opened her eyes, her face as red as a cherry.
“What?! No, its for training. We start with mediation.”
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.
“Unlike the other elements, wind magic is linked to the soles of our
“I still think you just wanted to see my feet,” Aryia said with a grin.
“Do you want me to teach you how to use your magic or not?” she asked as
she shot Aryia a half‑moon glare.
Both of them closed their eyes once more and sat their as still as a
“Now, relax your body and feel the magic rush through your feet and up
your whole body.”
Aryia sat their trying to relax and let the magic flow within her. Ten
minutes had passed as she waited — nothing.
“Is it supposed to take this long?”
“You have to be patient.”
Another ten minutes passed.
“Do you feel the energy flowing within?”
“I feel like I have to pee.”
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.
“Then go pee behind those trees,” she said pointing to some off in the
“But what if someone sees?”
“We are outside of the city. I highly doubt anyone would be able to
Aryia stood up from her sitting lotus position and brushed off the grass
on her hind legs.
“Okay, but no sniffing my shoes while I am away,” Aryia said with a
“I already told you—”
Before Zhan‑Ming could finish her sentence Aryia ran off to the nearby
forest to ameliorate her bladder.
\* \* \*
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
“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.
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.
“Rushing in to attack your opponent blindly leads to tiring yourself
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.