The group left the villa and Aria shouted. "Alright, you can come out now."
Mikiko dropped down into view and smiled. "Very perceptive. You're also more skilled than I thought."
"So you watched that?"
"Yes," Mikiko smirked, "And nice use of the roundhouse kick, by the way."
"Okay, let me stop you two right there," Zoraan interrupted. "How do you two know each other?"
"Remember when I jumped off the path? I found Mikiko here in a net. So, I helped her out." Aria answered.
"And I thank you for that... but now to the business at hand." Mikiko continued. "You need to train, and I'm the ideal sparring partner."
"I'm still not convinced," Zoraan interrupted again. "What exactly are you capable of?"
Mikiko glared a him, walked over to a nearby tree, looked up and down the tree a bit, then punched it so hard that the tree exploded in a shower of splinters. Aria blinked, Zoraan's jaw dropped and Scathe chuckled.
"Well, I'm convinced," Scathe responded. "How about you?"
"I'll train you... on one condition: let me join in on this rebellion of yours." Mikiko demanded.
Aria smiled. "After what you did to that tree, do you really think I'm gonna say 'no'?"