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Later that day.

Lotus and Yin were sitting in their dorm room together as no one would join with Lotus so there was still space for Yin to move in and they were enjoying the lunch that they ordered.

"Thanks again for helping me out Yin. You're a really nice person," Lotus said.

"No problem Lotus!" Yin said with a friendly grin. "I don't like seeing nice people getting hurt by bullies, and thanks."

"You're welcome."

"What class do you have next?"

"I have Gifts in Combat class."

"Hey, me too," Yin said looking at her schedule.

"Um, does your schedule match mine?"

"Yeah, I guess it does. That's awesome."

Later it was time for class.

"Now, you will see how he uses his Gift to block her electro shock beam," Hawking said to the class. The girl manifested a lightning bolt in her hand. She brought her arm up and she threw it like a spear straight at the boy. He brought his hands up and he used telekinesis to stop the bolt. He focused more an it and the bolt dissipated in the air. "Well done," Hawking said. The boy straightened his back and he bowed to the class. "Well done. Anyone else want to try?" No one felt comfortable answering. Professor Hawking looked around. His eyes came upon Lotus and Yin. He stepped over to them. "I haven't seen you here before," he said to Yin. "You must be new."

"Yes, sir," Yin said.

"And, what dare I ask, is your Gift?"

"Fire," she said. "I can shoot fire."

"Care to give us a demonstration?"

"Uh, I can try." She stepped over to an empty spot on the field. She closed her eyes and inhaled deeply and cleared her mind as she held her arm out forward. Concentrating in on nothing but the constant energy from the sun she opened her eyes that seemed to glow from within and she opened her hand out and flames shot from her fingertips. Even though the class was standing well back, they could all feel the heat as they shaded their eyes from the brightness. Hawking was impressed at the sheer magnitude of the fire blast. The large fire then receded back toward Yin then disappeared into some smoke as she exhaled, the glow disappearing from her eyes. Everyone stared at her, dumbfounded, including Hawking.

"Incredible!" Lotus said. "That was amazing."

"Thanks," Yin said.

"Alright then," Hawking said finding his voice, "anyone care to try with Yin?" As he expected, absolutely no responses. "Well then, uh that's all for today. If possible, do feel free to keep practicing and we'll see each other tomorrow." The class walked back inside the building. Yin and Lotus walked together.

"You know, you never told me what Gift you have," Yin said.

"Oh, well, I recently discovered that I have some sort of healing factor," Lotus said.

"That is so cool. It must really come in handy."

"I guess you could say that."

"What class do we have next?" Lotus gave no answer. "Lotus?"


"What class do we have next?"

"Using Your Gifts class with Coach L."

"Oh, I heard some kids talking about that. They just call it gym class."

"Well, that's pretty much what it is, only we're always outside."

"Wait a second though, we have gym class after combat class?" Yin asked. She sighed. "Aw, man. I'm tired already."

"You'll just have to get used to it and, well… how fit are you?"


"Are you a fit person?"

"Uh, I guess?"

"Hm. You're new. Maybe Coach L. will go easy on you."

"I hope so."

Later at gym class.

The students walked outside onto the field.

"Alright," Coach announced to the group, "today we will be focusing on those whose Gifts can help with-" he paused as his eyes came across Yin. "You must be new," he said to her.

"Uh, yes sir," Yin said nervously.

"Well, care to show us what you can do?"

"Uh, I guess I can do it again."


"I've already shown what I can do."

"She has, sir," Lotus said. "I can vouch for her."

"Hm. Anyone else seen the new ones Gift?" A few other students raised their hands. "Hm. Well, maybe I haven't. What is your Gift anyway?"

"Pyro manipulation, I think is what someone said it was."

"Hm…" He remembered seeing a large flame from earlier. "How large is this fire that you can create?"

"If you saw that huge fire earlier, that was me, sir."

"Ah, yes. Well, then…" he paused and waited for her to say her name.

"I'm Yin Harmony, sir."

"Well Yin, I expect great things from you." The coach walked away to some other kids.

"What did he mean by that?"

"That means you have a Gift that he likes," Lotus said to Yin.

"Oh. Is that good or bad?"

"You know… I don't even know."

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