April 6, 2013 by Lyn
Luke had, probably for the sake of his blood pressure, started giving Niassa and Ciara separate sparring sessions from the boys.
Today’s session was a combination sparring session and lecture. Ciara couldn’t help but wonder if that had something to do with the argument she’d had – in public, mortifyingly – with Amadeus the other day.
“The point of fighting. Of being strong.” He blocked three of Niassa’s punches and then caught her kick and gently toppled her over. “Isn’t to be strong. It’s not to be in control.”
“Being strong helps with being in control, though.” Niassa threw another punch. “So does being smart, of course.”
“I’m not training you to be little despots. Of course you could be. That is why the Nedetakaei have Hunters. They like being in control. They like being able to beat up on those weaker than them.”
Ciara bowed to the mat and took her turn. “What about being control of those stronger than you?” You approved of this Keeping when he was trying to break all my ribs. She used primarily kicks; Luke was closer to her size than most of the people she sparred with, and there was still a height disparity. She didn’t want to accidentally kick below the belt.
He grunted like she had anyway. “Them either. You have power, Ciara, so that you can protect those who can’t protect themselves.”
“Humans.” Niassa, off the mat, had fallen into a comfortable split. “Children. Where does line fall, between protecting and controlling?”
“Kept, too.” Luke wasn’t even sweating. Of course he wasn’t. He was a thousand years older than her; Ciara would be worried if this was hard for him. “Not always the easiest line. You keep children away from fire.”
“Until they can learn that it burns.” Ciara aimed a kick at Luke’s shins. “And if your Kept knows that fire burns?”
“Low blow, Ciara.” He caught her next punch with one hand. “We protect. Period. We are strong so that we can protect; we grow stronger so that we can protect better.
She was going to have to talk to Amadeus again.
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