Chapter 6: Surviving with Syas
Delanna headed back to her room after a day of exhausting training. Master Syas had really put her through hell and she was finished. Her limbs were benumbed and all she could see in front of her eyes was the bed in her room. She opened the door and threw herself on a chair; she could hardly breathe.
'If he's going to do this to me every day, I'll surely die. I've never been so hurt and exhausted before in my entire training, not even in missions. All because of the baka, grrr!'
She sighed and got on her bed.
'I wonder what master Qui-Gon is doing right now'
She closed her eyes with this thought in her mind.
"Watch out, baka!" Hiei shouted at Kuwabara losing his patience. "If you can't hold that sword into your hand, then don't"
"You know, guys, I really don't think that the Jedi masters will appreciate if we touch those lightsabers" Kurama told them worried.
"Nonsense! Why not?" Yusuke asked them checking out a DD.
"Because they're dangerous and because we're not Jedi" Kurama answered.
"Qui-Gon said we can try them if we want" Kuwabara answered cutting the air with his blue sword.
"Master Qui-Gon said we shouldn't kill ourselves with them, though" Kurama reminded him. "Which brings me to what I wanted to say…"
"Save it for yourself, Fox!" said Hiei picking up a green lightsaber. "Ready for training, Kuwabaka?" he asked smirking.
"Bring it on, shrimp!" said Kuwabara.
Hiei and Kuwabara charged at each-other. Yusuke too grabbed a sword and started to check it out. Kurama tried to talk Hiei into leaving those swords down. But no one would listen to him. Giving up, he picked a green sword from the table and extended it.
"Are you ready, Kurama?"
"Yusuke, I'm not much of a sword fighter…"
"Don't worry, neither am I"
"And I don't want any of us to get hurt like this…"
"Yeah, right. Better say that you're scared"
"Nani?" Youko said coming out. "What did you say about us?"
"Hehehe looks like your other self is braver that you" Yusuke teased him
"En garde, annoying ningen!" the silver kitsune said threatening.
After ten minutes, Qui-Gon came in.
"How are you doing, boys? Oh, I see. You haven't wasted any time. Good for you."
Hiei, Kuwabara, Yusuke and Youko turned their heads and dropped the swords at the same time.
"Where is Kurama and who is this…?" Qui-Gon asked a bit puzzled.
"This is Kurama, in his original shape" Hiei explained. "Youko Kurama"
"Hey, Kurama, come back to ningen shape"
"Right" Youko shook his head; his hair and everything else went back to normal.
"I've been following you from distance and I must say you're doing very well. Especially Hiei, his fighting style reminds me of Delanna's…"
There he stopped for a second.
"Kuwabara still had to work on his defense, Yusuke and Youko were pretty good for beginners, but nevertheless they could improve themselves. I guess you could pick up some things while you're here"
"Master Qui-Gon, have the others decided what to do with us?" Kurama asked worried.
"They haven't discussed your situation yet, boys; have patience. Some new problems appeared. But I'm sure that we'll take care of this as soon as we resolve them. Anyway, our specialists are trying to find a way to send you back, but we can't guarantee anything"
"We have to go back" Yusuke said. "That man was going to take over Reikai. If he's got the Shikon's power, Koenma will be an easy target for him. Especially when we know how coward pacifier breath can be"
"Yes, we do" Kuwabara nodded.
"Have you seen Delanna?" Kurama asked Qui-Gon.
"For God's sake, Fox, it's only been a day!" Hiei complained.
"I haven't seen her but I know she began to train" Qui-Gon said. "She's doing her best, considering that Master Syas threatened her with the expulsion if she makes any more mistakes. And her new training is one of the most difficult I've ever seen"
"It can't be harsher that Master Genkai's" Yusuke muttered.
"I think it can be" Kurama said quietly.
"All right, boys, it's time for you to return to your room" Qui-Gon said standing up. Kurama wanted to say something more, but gave up and left with the others.
Qui-Gon let them go and then left on another corridor. He stopped in front of a door and knocked. Hearing no answer, he pressed the button and entered. Delanna stood on the bed, half-asleep.
"Master Qui-Gon!" she said jumping scared out of the bed.
"How are you doing?"
"Leaving aside the fact that the training nearly killed me and he was attacking me in the most surprising ways and all, I was hurt more that in my entire training and he expects me to do the same thing every day at 5 o'clock in the morning for the rest of my life, sorry, punishment, I'm fine. And you?" she had said this without even a pause to breathe.
"I'm fine. The boys seem to be having fun. I found them dueling today, with lightsabers. You were right, Hiei is a skilled fighter. Kurama was concerned about you"
"Oh yeah, he cares too much for his sake"
"Do you want me to talk to Master Syas to take you a bit easier?"
"No! No way! I bet he'll do the exact opposite! He told me today that he's still taking me easy…and now I'm as good as dead! I don't even know if I'll make it until the end of the week"
"Don't exaggerate, Delanna, I'm sure he's not that bad. After all, he's a Jedi"
"I think he's a Sith"
"Now you're seeing everyone as a Sith?"
"I'll leave you to rest" he said getting up.
"I'm sorry. I'll never say it again" she said in a low voice.
"Master Syas might be harsh…" Qui-Gon began.
"…sadistic and cruel…" she added
"…but don't doubt about his intentions. As far as we know, he didn't have any contacts with the dark side of the Force. Try to keep up with him and you'll be just fine"