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22 May 2017 @ 07:17 am
_Scrambled_ part 27  
   He ran them through collecting and dispersing power, and mental shields to maintain privacy. Hakim and Miss Boot had enough training to manage it easily. Zog was irritated, and twice had to recenter, relax and gather power. New View was timid and a bit frightened. But with a few shakey gathers and dispersions she started relaxing enough to gather more power, more easily.

He released them after a half hour. They were all tired. "Don't worry, you will all get much better, quickly. It will take less effort, and I'll teach you how to use the power you collect to do the work, so you don't drain yourselves." He pointed at the sack he'd brought. "Grab a drink, then sit quietly and pay attention while I work with the other groups."

Miss Boot sniffed. "That wasn't bad at all."

"Today. I'd like to do this every day until both I and you yourselves are confident of your control, and won't accidentally kill anyone." Nick turned around, and sat facing the other nine students. Abbas and Gamer are the only ones younger than I am. Well, doesn't matter.

"So, center yourselves and gather power. Nice. Now disperse it. Good. mental shields? Now gather power. Think of that power filling you, running through your blood to fill your whole body. Now I want you to picture a tiny thread of power running from your forehead and out into that shield."

He watched them, making quiet comments, "Use less power, Marco. just picture a smaller wire. Relax and just hold it."

He could see around their shields, which was good. He could spot their problems and . . . "Shield both directions, Abbas. Keep your thoughts in and other people's out."

"Unless I'm spying on them?"

"Umm, even then you've got to be careful. You'd be vulnerable to an attack, either from the people you're listening in on, or someone else noticing you the old fashioned way."

"Enuf, ground your power . . . better, just collect a bit, and shield, thread, less than that . . . now relax further. You will all drill this until it becomes second nature."

"Going to make us look like Multitude?"

"If and when you want to betaken for multitude, yes. Or so tight you are mentally invisable. Or glowing for social interactions. We'll get into attack after you've shown control."

They were all sweating, so he had them drop shields, ground out . . . and start again. Twice. Then he dismissed them, and turned to his advanced students..

He'd been keeping half an eye on them asthey effortlessly raiser power anf shields, mental, physical, and energy.

"Very nice. I'll bet nothing gets through to your president. Now let's see how much aggressive magic you , , ," He stood back and scanned for the pulse of panic.

 A group of civilians southeast of them heading for the treelined stream, were turning and running from the three raptors charging out of the trees.

Nick took two quick steps to the 20mm, chambered the first round, raised it . . .

A distant figure stepped out of the fleeing crowd. A flash of power, a slice spell . . .

All the raptors collapsed. Behind them, trees fell in a wide swath.

Nick lowered the gun.

"Captain Ahco? I think you and you people had better take over the situation down there. We'll resume the lesson tomorrow, an hour later than the beginners started. And Captain?"

Nick nodded toawrd the man cautious approaching the dinosaurs."Bring that man with you. That was an incredible display of inefficiency."
Michawl DolbearMichawl Dolbear on May 22nd, 2017 05:47 pm (UTC)
The powerful inefficiency is probably the priest, Izpo.
James ResoldierJames Resoldier on May 22nd, 2017 09:24 pm (UTC)
Oh yes... by definition.
mbarkermbarker on May 23rd, 2017 12:38 am (UTC)
Priest-killer, meet ex-priest. In a training scenario. And... everyone else, stand back! This is going to be good!
(Anonymous) on May 23rd, 2017 04:44 pm (UTC)
Here's a toast to getting along! (And regrowing parts.)

James ResoldierJames Resoldier on May 25th, 2017 07:07 am (UTC)
matapampamuphoff on May 25th, 2017 02:39 pm (UTC)
No, no, the fireworks will come a little later.