Chapter 6 – Attitude change.
The little phoenix bird playfully pecked on Kaz’s cheeks, just like a child demanding their parent’s attention would do.
“Stop it.” whispered the smiling Kaz.
This bird was currently one of only two fire techniques he was capable of using, the other being a rudimentary fire ball.
The art of forming this tiny phoenix was taught to him by none other than Kabul himself. At first Kaz really struggled unable to even sense a hint of the fire elemental energy in the atmosphere but after hours of personal instruction and three years worth of time, he was finally able to not only sense the fire energy but interact with it just like Kabul did.
What Kaz didn’t know was that everything Kabul told him were the greatest secrets of the Ancient Phoenix Bloodline, any one of them could shake the continent if they were to be spread.
The real mystery though was why a Beast would pass on the secrets of it’s bloodline to a human. It should be known that even if Kabul or any beast was captured today and was subjected to unimaginable torture continuously for a hundred years they still would not reveal a single thing or more precisely they were unable to.
These secrets Beasts are born knowing especially those of a stronger race, would be engraved into their very souls and no matter how much they tried, passing them onto anyone other than their offspring was impossible. It was like the Heavens programmed this rule into them as soon as they were born.
What did this mean? This meant that Kabul had already acknowledged Kaz as his own child and that he had already passed on some of his life blood to him. Otherwise how could a human have such a strong and natural affinity to the fire elemental energy in the air.
This also meant that in the future Kabul will not be able to have children, he had forgone that right by passing on everything to Kaz. After all, life blood was incredibly precious in fact Kabul’s lifespan was probably reduced by at least fifty years due to giving some of it to Kaz.
This level of affection towards a human child was beyond abnormal. However unfortunately, Kabul never expressed it outwardly nor did he explain his actions to Kaz, all he did was coldly guide him and help him build a steady foundation. He was a male Phoenix Beast and not a normal one at that, which meant he had no idea on what parental affection was. Such emotion was impossible for a Phoenix to comprehend because in order for the next generation to live the first generation needed to die, and apart from a few messages engraved on their souls, they never met their parent.
What Kabul has done for Kaz could be said to be the single greatest display of affection towards his kind’s offspring. Too bad the other party was too lacking in knowledge, to understand his Teacher’s true feelings for him.
Elder Bol as well as everyone else in attendance stared, flabbergasted at what they were seeing. Most of them could not comprehend it, with only the few Elders in attendance having an idea.
However even they could only grasp a few small things, the main one being that Kaz had an otherworldly affinity with the fire element. As for any involvement of a Beast let alone Kabul, how could they link the two? In their minds all they could think was that the child before them was a treasure that could attract the fire energy.
Elder Bol finally emerged from his stupor,
“Ehem...Mm, The Divine Tiger Clan truly lives up to it’s name. Little Brother, come stand over here.” He was gesturing to a spot beside him.
The other Elders who were in attendance on behalf of the various factions finally reacted as well,
“Brother Bol, I don’t think it’s too good to show more favour to a single disciple. If we old people do this don’t you think it would harm our reputation with the other schools?” The person who spoke was a pot bellied old man who despite his appearance was radiating a noble and powerful aura.
“Yes, Yes. I agree with brother Yuin, all juniors must be treated equally regardless of their background.” A lanky and skinny Elder stood up in support of the fat one.
“Hmph!” snorted Bol. He knew that these people were only saying this because they wished to wait until the end, so that they could have an equal opportunity to recruit Kaz.
“Since when did the Dark Moon Temple and the Thousand Flaming Peak become so bold, eh? This little brother has the Fire attribute so then why should he waste time with a darkness faction or an inferior breeding ground where their greatest accomplishment comes from producing only mediocre talent.” sneered Bol, giving both those Elders no face at all.
“Bol...yo..you dare say those words?” said the fat Elder as he forced the fat around his eyes apart, revealing two pitch black pupils filled with hostility.
Kaz remained silent throughout. Were these revered Elders arguing over him? “No, definitely not! All I did was show them the trick Kabul said was completely useless. There must be some mistake!”
“Dare your mother! Have I spoken a secret? Are any of my words lies? You are the fool who doesn’t even understand when to shut up and save some face. If my Absolute Burning Plane wants it, can you refuse it? If you can’t even understand this then go dig a hole somewhere and jump in!” cursed Bol, saliva flying everywhere.
The fat Elder turned towards his lanky compatriot however, what he didn’t expect was that the Elder was already sitting down nodding his head in agreement to Bol’s words.
“Even you Kiron! Good, Good. I will remember this very well.” With those final words the pot bellied Elder Yuin, left the hall with his disciples of the Dark Moon Temple in tow.
“Little Brother, come stand next to me there are some things I want to discuss with you.” Bol’s gaze softened as he motioned for Kaz to come over.
Stunned Kaz, unconsciously looked around before slowly walking towards Bol,
“No need for Elder, call me....yes, call me Senior Martial Brother Bol.”
Kaz smiled wryly, he really didn’t know what was going on. Just a moment ago, he could hear the words of disappointment from those around him and yet now here he was, standing beside Elder Bol.
Dogro as well as the other spectators started speculating.
“Hey, do you know what that fire bird is?” whispered one disciple.
“I heard the teachers say that it’s fire energy....”
“What! He can attract it?” shouted another disciple, completely flustered.
Dogro and his lackeys paid close attention to the conversations going on around them however, the more they heard the darker their faces became.
Dogro in particular was especially distressed. If not for the fact that his nails were digging into the skin of his palms, he would have already asked his neighbour to slap in the face to make sure he wasn’t dreaming.
Dogro’s lackeys slowly started to drift away from him. When he looked behind him before there were at least four of them sitting obediently but now those four were seated at least two rows away from him.
In their hearts they thought,
“You are the idiot who called his clan nothing but a paper lantern. Now let’s see if that hot air doesn’t burn you however, unfortunately we will not be there to join you.”