Chapter 21: Continuation

Sarah prepared mentally for the wave of exhaustion she knew was coming. She raised a hand...She felt it as the arrow entered the sphere, that's when everything slowed down. 

At the same time, Aden reached forward to grab it. "NO!" Sarah shouted. She summoned all her strength and will power alike. The arrow stopped inches from her palm. A smile reached her face. She had done it. Then arrow fell to the floor, along with her. The sphere dispersed seconds after. She felt exhausted, but at least she didn't pass out like last time. I did it! She thought to herself. I did it.

"You did it." Aden said, helping her to her feet. "Not bad for the first try."

"She's still too physically weak." Adrea commented. "She needs more training."

"Give her a break, sis. It's only her second try. If you ask me she had been improving a lot faster than what we'd originally thought."

"Thank you." Sarah said to Aden, catching her breath.

"Don't mention it." Aden told her. "Come on. I think you've had enough for today. Let's rest up and tomorrow we'll give you another training routine. One that help you train both physically as well as mentally."

"No," Sarah shook her head. "I want to start today. Let me just catch my breath and let's try again."

"You sure?"

"Yes." She knew she needed to get stronger as fast as possible if she hoped to survive in this world. Images of the torture she endured flashed in her mind. She will never go through that again.

"Very well." Adrea signaled the ranger to ready his bow. She looked at Serah, "You ready?"

Sarah nodded. She took a deep breath and re-summoned the sphere. This time she made it slightly bigger than before. "Alright. Shoot."

The ranger secured another arrow unto the bow and raised it, pulling back on the string as he did so. He waited for Adrea to give the signal before letting loose. This time Sarah stopped the arrow just as it had entered the sphere. A wave of exhaustion shot up through her body, dispersing the sphere. She fainted for a split second and her legs gave out. Aden caught her before she hit the floor. Her breathing became hollow and she couldn't move. "Maybe Adrea's right." She said. "I need more training."

Aden smiled.

"Then we're done for the day." Adrea said.

That was that. Sarah spent the rest of the day with Aden, enjoying the peace and beauty of Duskwood. That day she went to sleep with a wide smile on her face. She was happy. She knew there was still a long way for her to get used to her new powers, but she was determined. 


The End

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