"And what is the weakness of fire?" View attachment 6765 "Water."came the simultaneous answer from a host of teens in the small classroom. The teacher, a man by the name of Dubero, grasped a spell book firmly in his long slender hands. He stalked the aisle like a cat stalking an unknowing fly. His eyes were closed in a satisfactory expression as his longs legs strode up and down the aisle, winding between the chairs of the many students in front of him. "And of water?" his smooth voice purred. "Lightening."came the same reaction. Riname kept her mouth together in a thin line as her eyes followed Dubero's every movement. He reminded her of an intelligent animal: wise, high on a pedestal, but quick to attack anything it may seem potentially dangerous. "Mihan." Riname's eyes snapped up to meet the teacher's crimson one gazing down at her. A force of power pushed through her mind but she fought the gust of aura that flooded from the man's eyes. The sheer power of the mage was enough to make anyone shudder in agitation. Riname, being the strongest of all of the other black mages in her class, blinked her brown eyes before returning the gaze to the tall man looming in front of her. "Yes?" "The weakness to lightening."he replied, his lips in a tight line. Riname struggled to keep her expression the way it was as the two of them exchanged gazes. Dubero knew that she knew all of the answers from back to front, and even more so! Yet Riname found herself under the intense stare of his red eyes once again. "Earth."she answered. Dubero hovered in front of her for seconds longer, the black silk of his hair slipping over his shoulder. The fright was starting to settle in when Riname began to fight to keep eye contact with him. This was only another one of his little "tests" he gave to her. Being the smartest, strongest, and most diligent mage in the class had it's ups and downs. She was experiencing that "down" as Dubero's eyes began to slowly slit. The hand that she held on her lap squeezed her skirt. Fight it, Rina. He's only trying to crack you. Remember what he thought you: 'Black mages are bold like the title.' Riname's stare started to grow more intense, though not on the same level as Dubero, who was squinting his eyes every time he saw her twitch. And twitch she did, for the true strength of the man's power was becoming overwhelming. The peripheral she had was beginning to blur and transit into a deep, dark swirl of hues and colors. Her mind was becoming enthralled by the majestic sensation that swam through her mind...eyes closed...head swaying... "Mihan!" Riname's body suddenly went erect as all of the feeling, focus, and color returned to her in a very slow pace. Her face was a burned auburn when she slid her eyes back over to Duberon, who was now leaning back to examine her. The rest of her peers gasped and mumbled in intrigue, only deepening the blush on her pale cheeks. A tug was discovered on the side of Dubero's lips as he returned to his prowling stroll. "And earth?" "Water." Riname's heart raced rapidly against her chest. Had she just connected with Dubero? The greatest black mage in possibly all of Hima. Her fingers were growing restless, lying limply at her sides while the melodious ding of the castle bells signaled for their exit. Riname was slow to get up. She fought desperately to bring the feeling in her knees back, for she was sure they had melted off. Dubero, who was now facing the rectangular window at the side of his mahogany desk, had both hands clasped behind his back. He stood straight with his tied hair hanging nochalantly on his back. Riname thought not to bother him, and didn't wish to for that matter! Grabbing her book, she raced out of the room, for fear that he may turn around and return the fiery stare.