Chapter 3 – Different.
A week had passed since Kaz had arrived at the academy. He spent most of his time confining himself in the dorm room as he enjoyed being alone, but there was another reason for this behaviour and that was, word had made it’s way into the ears of many that the young Master of one of the top five powers had enrolled.
Naturally this led to a large number of youths making their way to his room seeking to gain his favour. Unexpectedly though, these events led to he and his roommate becoming closer.
His roommate’s name was Heroe, a prince from a kingdom in the Western Part of the continent. At first Kaz was shocked when he found out that this short rogue was a actually a noble, but after watching how he would flip between faces of a perverted scoundrel to those of a noble and righteous knight when courting girls, Kaz had no choice but to praise his skill.
Although the two had gotten of on the wrong foot, when Heroe noticed that Kaz was uncomfortable being pestered by the horde of boot lickers he immediately threatened them to leave shouting,
“Anyone that dares bother us brothers will face the consequences!”
Heroe wasn’t just a typical noble, his Kingdom was arguably one of the top ten powers on the entire continent, thus his words were extremely effective. However, just because offending directly was not an option didn’t mean the jealous male nobles wouldn’t have means.
Soon a rumour began to spread that the two young Masters were actually homosexual and that was the reason they declined the advances of the many females. Unfortunately for them, once Heroe revealed his true rogue form this rumour was quickly dispersed.
As Heroe and Kaz conversed more, they both realised that they enjoyed each others company. Heroe was actually quite funny and the stories of how he would boldly mess with the beauties back home were Kaz’s favourite.
They also both had things in common, for one they were both of the fire attribute, were of the same age, same cultivation and most shocking was that they both had superior brothers. The only difference being, Heroe’s was older while Kaz’s was younger.
When the two would talk about family, Kaz would usually stray the conversation away and as they grew closer Heroe noticed this as well and so stopped talking about family.
“Hey Big bro, huge news!” Heroe came rushing in with a big smile on his face.
Kaz was sitted in the living room reading a book that illustrated, the history of the Eclipse academy when Heroe came rushing in.
“What news?” smiled Kaz.
Kaz had managed to make Heroe address him as Big bro, after much trickery. He had staged a fake competition with the loser calling the winner their elder, and of course as the entire thing was but an act Kaz dominated him. The only reason he used such underhanded means was because Heroe honestly was an idiot when it came to things like academics and other scholarly subjects while a genius on matters that required “street smarts”. How could he open heartedly call such a person his elder? Besides, he was three months older anyway thus he was in the right.
“ Hehe...You won’t believe what I found out from Cirea today?” said Heroe with a smug look of accomplishment on his face.
“I told you numerous times, I don’t want to know about your secret rod of iron technique! Honestly, I don’t know what mud fills those maids brains when they have se...Ehem, lay with you.”
Heroe didn’t mind Kaz’s words, in fact he was extremely proud.
“Ah, doesn’t that show that this young master is actually quite skilled. For me to taste the fruit that knows that I am poison, how can you not see that I am simply too good at this game. Hmph! If it has no snake between it’s legs then it has no hope of escaping this one’s grasp!”
“Oh! I get, I completely understand. This humble young Master knew not that there were actually people that fancied eunuchs as lovers.” said Kaz with an expression of deep appreciation and sudden enlightenment.
“Pu,Pu!” Heroe spat on the floor, his face ashen with anger. “I came here to tell you that I found out how the test we’ll be taking works, but I see that you just want to bully me. It’s better if I go!”
Kaz quickly stood up,
“These are just jokes between us. I apologise if I offended you.”
Heroe chuckled as he smacked Kaz in the chest,
“I win! Hehe, with your serious nature how can you dare try to mess with this master?”
Kaz sighed as he waved his hand in defeat,
“Hurry up and talk!”
“After we had some fun, Ceria told me that the test is actually very simple. All we have to do is display our power and a faction from the Battle Sector will select us but only if they like us!” said Heroe.
“Faction?” asked Kaz.
Heroe puffed his chest out,
“You don’t even know this much? The Battle sector is divided into twelve factions that hold majority if not all of the power in that sector. We’re very lucky this years test is so easy, last year I heard that the factions held a large competition with the best seeds going to the best factions!”
Kaz raised his eyebrows, he truly didn’t know much about the Battle sector. After all, he was not meant to enrol in it and thus Akela hadn’t made any preparations at all for him. Nevertheless this was his decision and he would persevere.
“Why do you say the test is easy? Don’t we still need to show our potential to the factions?”
Heroe grinned mischievously,
“My Father already made some preparations. If all goes well, I’ll be a member of the Golden Dragon troop.”
Kaz smiled wryly, he was happy for Heroe but slightly worried about his own chances. He had never demonstrated his abilities in front of anyone except Kabul who usually didn’t compliment him thus he didn’t know if he would make the cut. It wasn’t that he didn’t try to show his abilities rather, everyone ignored him.
“Big bro, how about we go out today? I’ll introduce you to some good girls.” said Heroe noticing Kaz’s declining mood.
“No need, I still have stuff to do.” said Kaz as he waved him off.
With that, Heroe left the room to go back to his debauche ways. Kaz on the other hand sat down on the fluffy sofa deeply sighing.
“It’s been such a short time since I’ve been here and yet why do I feel so happy?”
In truth he knew the answer to that question. No one knew him here, no one compared him to Silver here and most importantly, he had made his first ever friend here.
The days were quiet and there was no nagging and weeping from his mother, no whispers from the workers, no...pressure.
Every act of stupidity, casual joke, perverted remark made by Heroe was like a sculptor chipping away at Kaz’s exterior shield and getting ever closer to his heart. Although he was undoubtedly lacking in some areas, Heroe was still the only person to this day to ask him questions like, “How are you feeling? Did you sleep well? Did you catch a cold?”
These acts might be trivial to normal people but to him they were like the greatest of praises. Finally someone had acknowledged and actually cared enough.
The other thing Kaz had noticed after being here for a week was that the other youths were vastly different from the ones he had encountered back home, especially the nobles. They would openly court each other, partake in drinking of wine, and some would even perform the nightly deed.
One should know that even the oldest of these kids was not sixteen. From this, you can immediately tell that the culture and customs of the nobles of this continent was incomparably different from those of the Divine Tiger clan.
Heroe had once told him that most of the girls that came to this school were not necessarily here to learn or practice the martial ways to eventually sore like dragons among men. The primary goal of most of these girls was to hook themselves onto these young dragons instead, ensuring a great future for themselves.
Of course, Kaz swallowed his words with a grain of salt. Even if what he said was true not just anyone could get into the Eclipse academy, this was a place where talents came to shine. There would definitely be girls who were earnest in their pursuit of learning. Besides, Heroe only spoke about what he thought, and what went on his mind was directly linked to his libido and could not be taken as fact.