Trunks had been with the Masurao Hyousetsu for several months now. Every morning,
he would get up for his training sessions with Caliaf and Shirina. He has learned
much from his newfound friends. Recently, he has been learning magic from Duo.
He still has yet to speak to the mysterious Barock…
Trunks frowned at the book in front of him, trying to concentrate. Duo watched
on next to him, an amused smile on his face. Frustrated, Trunks closed the book.
"This spell doesn't make any sense! I've read it over five times!"
Duo chuckled, taking the book, and placing it on the shelf. "I was wondering
when you would notice that… I changed it on purpose."
Trunks glared at the purple Shoyru for a moment, before bursting out laughing.
"Gee, thanks a lot Duo! For a minute there, I thought the wizard who wrote
that book had made a misprint!"
Duo laughed with him, and then asked, "Have you been working on your block
attack with the magic I showed you?"
Trunks nodded. "Yeah… I'm getting better at it."
"We'll see about that," Duo said with a grin, and slowly formed an energy
ball in his hand. He threw it in Trunks' direction, waiting to see his reaction.
Trunks was ready for the blast, though, and raised his hand, concentrating.
Sure enough, the ball of energy slowed down and slowly began to disappear. As
it did, Duo began to applaud.
"Good job, kid. You really have been working on that."
"Hey you two… what did I say about using magic in the cave?" Shirina said
jokingly as she appeared from one of the many lower tunnels. Trunks held his
paws up in defense. "Duo started it," he said, laughing.
Shirina shook a paw at Duo, laughing as well, and taking a mug from her cupboard
to have her daily cup of coffee.
"Where's Caliaf? I haven't seen him all morning," Trunks asked.
"He must be out somewhere… you know how he can be," Duo suggested.
Trunks nodded. "I'm gonna head out myself… get a little training of my own
in today," he said. The purple and red Shoyrus waved Trunks off, as he flew
out into the brisk morning air. The snow sparkled beneath him. He had been at
Terror Mountain for so long, he had grown accustomed to seeing the snow covered
ground and trees.
Trunks finally found a nice clearing, free of trees, and perfect for training.
He landed gently and immediately began working on his defense moves, before
going on to his attack techniques.
As the snow surrounding him melted with each of his movements, Trunks felt
something coming. Shirina had taught him to always keep him senses open, and
never let his guard down. Sure enough, when he turned to look behind him, a
black ball of energy was heading his way. Trunks narrowed his eyes, and began
to summon a force field type of energy around his right paw. He raised his arm,
The black energy hit his right paw, but bounced off it instead of causing
damage. Trunks looked around, trying to find the source of the attack as the
black energy landed behind him, leaving a large black mark on the snow.
His eyes scanned the area, as he continued to look. Before Trunks could blink,
the silent Barock appeared before him.
"Nice block attack," said the mysterious shadowed Shoyru.
Trunks lowered his arm, watching him. "Thanks," he said hesitantly.
"You have learned much from the others," he continued, "And now it is time
for your first and only lesson… with me."
Trunks looked surprised as Barock slowly took a fighting stance. The shadowed
Shoyru smirked at the young fire Shoyru. "Show me what you got, kid." Trunks
slow began to half smile as he took his own fighting stance. "My pleasure,"
he said as he began the fight with a quick fireball of energy.
Barock was silently amazed by Trunks as the fight continued on. The fire Shoyru
had indeed learned a lot. His endurance had tripled, and he had a great spirit
for fighting within him. As these thoughts raced through the shadowed Shoyru's
head, Trunks hit him with a powerful blow. Barock stumbled back, trying to catch
his breath. Trunks wiped his brow, tired but still willing, and took another
fighting stance. Barock looked up at him, smiled, and slowly raised his paws
"You win, kid. I underestimated you. Caliaf had every right to boast about
you," he said, slowly walking over to Trunks. Trunks stood there warily, wondering
what Barock would do. To his surprise, the shadowed Shoyru extended his arm,
holding out his paw. Trunks slowly shook it, and an understanding passed through
the two warriors.
Duo sat quietly at his desk, his eyes slowly scanning a large, musty book.
He sighed in defeat, and placed the book back on its shelf. "Nothing," he muttered.
Shirina frowned softly, and sighed. "There has to be something, Duo. Do not
give up," she said.
"I don't intend to. I know I have some sort of information about this. And
once we can actually say what Trunks is… maybe… just maybe, he'll go back to
the family and friends that love him." Duo sighed again, and reached for another
large book, continuing his research.
Trunks hummed silently to himself as he walked quietly through the Snow Forest.
He paused for a moment, and without looking behind him, said, "You can come
out now, Trini."
Sure enough, the surprised, but annoyed blue Shoyru appeared from behind the
trees. "I see my sister taught you that little technique of hers," she said.
Trunks nodded. "She did… is there something you want?"
Trini smirked slightly. "I thought you would never ask."
He turned to face her, curious at her response. She continued, "I think we
should have a race. You know, some friendly competition. I want to see if you
can prove me wrong."
Trunks took a step towards her. "A race?" he asked, then paused. "What are
Trini flew up into the air, with Trunks behind her. "It's simple, really…
once around the edge of the Snow Forest. Stick close to the trees, but don't
in or around them."
She pointed to large boulder beneath them. "We start there from there… whoever
goes around the forest once and gets to the boulder first… wins."
Trini glanced at Trunks, who was in midair next to her.
"So what do you say? You up to it?"
Trunks looked back at her, and slowly began to smile.
Quicker than they both could blink, the race began.
Trunks glided through the air, beating his wings every so often.
He could sense Trini right behind him, and gaining speed. He took a moment
to glance back, but before he knew it, she was flying right next to him.
"You won't be winning this challenge, Trunks," she shouted and shot forward.
We'll see about that, Trunks thought as he summoned forth a bit of
energy and shot forward as well.
They sliced through the air, careful to avoid long tree branches coming from
the trees on the rim of the forest.
A sharp turn was up ahead, and both Trunks and Trini knew it. The Snow Forest
had a jagged edge shape to it.
Both at unstoppable speed, Trunks began to turn, practically flying sideways,
barely making the turn.
Trini tried to pull off the same move, but it was a second too late. Her left
wing hit a high tree branch, slowing her down greatly. She let out a cry, but
continued on. Trunks made no move to stop, and before he knew it, he had finally
reached the marked boulder. He landed upon it, and took deep breaths, waiting
for Trini's arrival. Moments later, she joined him on the boulder, her wing
He looked at her, concerned, forgetting his victory. "Are you all right? Your
Trini shook her head. "It'll be fine. I'll live."
They sat in silence for a moment. Trini spoke up again, this time in a softer
Trunks looked up at her, and smiled, knowing that he had proven himself to
the last two members of the Masurao Hyousetsu who had yet to accept him.
Duo slowly closed yet another book. Still nothing had come of his research
on Trunks' origins. I suppose I'll have to look into my older books,
he thought, as he got up from his desk and walked down the tunnel that led to
his room. Inside, there was yet more books on several shelves. He reached for
a rather large one with dust gathering upon it. Duo walked back out to the main
part of the cave and sat down again. Half way through the book, he removed his
glasses for a moment and yawned. He put them on again and looked over the page
he had left on. Duo then did a double take. "Wait a minute…"
He reread the page. "This is it… I think I've got it! Shirina!!" he called.
Shirina quickly appeared from one of the tunnels.
"What is it, Duo? Are you all right?"
Duo looked up at her, a smile gracing his face. "I think I found something."
To be continued...