Now that caught my curiosity - defending against other Soul Voice attacks sounded very interesting and I was beginning to feel much more upbeat about today’s training now. Not that I hadn’t been enthused before, but something new was always more interesting than repetition.
“I can do it,” I say with a determined nod, trying to convince myself as much as him. I remembered what Brian had said about keeping my back straight and adjusting my posture accordingly before beginning to run.
It was tiring, but I really put in an effort to keep running at top speed. I refused to admit to myself that it helped when Dalton was in sight - though I made a conscious effort to keep him in my periphery rather than looking at him outright. No need to fall because I wasn’t watching where I was going, of course.
I did feel myself slowing towards the end of the laps, but I thought I’d done pretty well.
“How’re you gonna train me to defend against those attacks?” I ask, still puffing.
Brian was pleased to see that she was still keen, and even more so that she was putting lots of effort into it. She was focused and trying her best - Brian couldn’t help but grin as he ran along beside her.
Sensing her eagerness, he decided to wait until later to do the usual drills in favour of teaching something new.
“There are two other ways Sonareans can attack others. The first is called Merus – it’s sort of a way of unleashing the energy of the Soul Voice. It’s not easy to control, so most just do it in one big hit to knock people off their feet. The second is Mens Intorquio – which is rare but uses a Soul Voice to put stress on the opponent’s mind. It’s very dangerous, so I will only show you a little bit of it.”
Fortunately he was one of the few who could control it to a certain extent. That had not come without many years of practicing, knowing if he would have to control it himself if he wanted to be strong.
“We’ll start with Merus. Feel free to take off the weight pack now, if you want. I’ll show you what one feels like, at least – a weak one.”
Making sure to gauge the impact, he waited until she braced herself before emanating a burst of energy – just enough to make her fall down.