Short Stories 95 — Ethos of Man (Part 35)
We reached Beth’s place. We were well before time so we managed to get another training session with the armor. It wasn’t the complete session but it was something rather than nothing. It was time for Beth to head out. But before that, she came to us and said, “Both of you are part of us now. So, slowly both of you will be sent on missions. Right now they won’t be anything amazing, it basic ones. And there will be enough help for both of you so you don’t die under my watch.”
Hearing that we were excited. Finally, we can use our training on actual situations. It sparked our eyes. We were excited just thinking about the prospect that we too were part of the group. Arthen said, “So what kind of missions are we talking about?”
To which Beth replied, “Well I am not sure about that. It will be pretty basic missions for now. Then later on we see what you both will get into. But right now the priority is straight. Just simple things.” Beth continued, “We will talk about it after I come back. Until then, keep practicing.”
“Seems good to me.” I nodded my head as I looked at Beth. Saying that she left and Arthen and I were alone in the training room. “So we are really close. Few years and we will be into the army.” I said to Arthen.
“Yes. 2 more years and we will be into the army,” Arthen murmured. We rested for few minutes before continuing our training. But none of us were focusing on the training. It was a half-assessed session of training if we have ever done one. So we rested for the day and after some time we headed home.
The next day we came back. Beth had not yet returned. Hector was also with Beth and we had no news about their whereabouts. So we kept training until their return. Few days passed. Every single day we came to Beth’s place put the armor on. Trained for hours and went home. A lot of time was starting to pass. An entire month passed without any news from them. We friended many people from the group who were responsible to take care of the place while Beth was out. And none of them had any news.
We weren’t even sure whether she is safe or not. Whether they will come back alive or not. We did not get a single report from them. No message, no nothing. With each single day passing, we just did what we were told by Beth. Come here, train, and go back and rest for the day. We had gotten a lot better with the armor too. It wasn't that tough on us anymore. Our bodies were getting used to it. Our muscles were starting to grow a lot.
And just like that, another month passed. Two months had gone by. No news from Beth or the company. We just hoped that they were alright. And the training that we were going through without skipping days was starting to pay off. Our muscles had grown twice their size. Our thigh was not what they looked like. All the training from the armor and walking 6 to 7 km daily was surely paying off. And our hands did not tire easily anymore. We could keep on going for 2 to 3 hours with the armor on where earlier we could only training for an hour.
We started dueling with the grownups that worked at Beth’s place. We were keeping up with them. Earlier we were not strong enough so our hands used to ache from the constant clashing from the swords. But now the tides were changing. We not only were able to keep up with them but on few occasions, we even won a battle or two. Arthen and I were really happy with the way the training was going. But we only wanted to know one thing that Beth and everyone else is safe. All we could do was wait for them. And meanwhile, do what we can do and that keeps practicing and take care of the shop.