The next day, the wizards began training them. The weapons master started them out with the basics of fighting, such as holding and wielding a sword. To Alix’s annoyance, he was surprised by their progress. He had explained to the weapons master that he had been training them before, but the man would not listen to him. He wanted to see for himself how skilled they all were.
Alix asked the weapons master if he would spar with him also, and the man was glad to. Alix did not go easy on the man, taking out all his frustrations on him. The man had already insulted him by undermining his training skills, and he was going to try and show him up. After a few rounds of sparring, the man stepped back, bowing to Alix slightly. The young redhead was still annoyed, and did not return the bow. Alix placed his sword back in its sheath, walking over to the others.
The weapons master smiled at the young people. “Well, your skills with a sword are good, though I believe that has something to do with the swords, themselves.” At this, he received another glare from Alix, but chose to ignore it. Looking at Alix pointedly, he smiled. “I think you should all just continue training, and see the wizards about your powers,” he glanced at Mark, who had been training with one of the other weapons masters, who was also a wizard. The man who had trained the others had refused to train him, and Mark had a suspicion that it had something to do with his sword’s power. He did not know what his power was, and would have been more than happy to hand the sword over.
Once the weapons masters left, Alix turned to them. “You all did well. He seems to be a bit pompous, though, and I am sorry, for the ones of you who had to train with him.”
Jackie laughed. “He does. Is all of the Council like that?”
Alix nodded, frowning. “Most of them. They monitor anything that has to do with magic, so they can catch the evil magic users and deal with them.”
“Then why don’t they just arrest Bordekai, and be done with it?” Mark seemed nervous with this conversation, but he was curious.
Alix sighed. “They can’t, because he has a ring that can deter their magic. It is also connected to our swords, but we supposedly have the power to overcome it and defeat him.”
“I see,” Mark replied quietly. “So, that’s why the Council was so happy to see us. They seem to be suspicious, though.”
Alix nodded. “They are, because they do not know us, or what we are capable of. They will try to control what we do with our swords, if we don’t stand up to them, so be careful.”
“That’s just lovely,” Luke mumbled.
Alix glanced at him. “Tell me about it.”
The door opened, and the same young man that had found them, Corren, smiled at them. “The Head mage would like to see all of you,” he glanced at Mark. “Except for you, sir. He asks that you stay. I believe he wants to speak with you separately.”
“Oh, okay,” Mark looked confused, but went to his bed chamber, while the others followed Corren. Looking around his room, he found a book about magic and began reading it. It would help to learn about the types of magic they might be up against.
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Once they were in the Council room, the Head mage smiled at them. “You are probably wondering why we wanted to speak with you without Mark.”
“Yes, I would, sir,” Luke interrupted him. “No offense, but in our world, that would have been considered rude. I don’t understand why he can’t be here.”
The Head mage held up a hand, and Luke closed his mouth. “The reason I wanted to speak with you without him, is because we would like to know more about him. He could be a danger to this mission.” When Luke tried to interrupt again, he was stopped again by a hand. “You do not understand everything about that sword of his. Please, let me explain.”
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