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Training (12/4/17 - ??)

Meixiu Chen 1
Meixiu Chen
Without much else to do and since it was one of those rare days where she actually had enough energy to punch something, Mei decided to hit up the training centre. Unsurprisingly, it was empty. Mei began attacking a training dummy.


Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
Akane was surprised to see another person in the training room, as she walked in for her daily session. She decided to be her normal self and positioned herself in another area of training dummies.


Meixiu Chen 1
Meixiu Chen
Mei usually didn't see many people in the training centre. She glanced at the one who just entered the room, intrigued by the katana slung on her back. Nonetheless, she continued beating up the dummy with her fists.


Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
Akane unsheathed her katana, before swiftly slashing at the dummies in one go.


Meixiu Chen 1
Meixiu Chen
Mei raised an eyebrow. This girl was certainly experienced. Too busy being distracted by the katana, Mei kicked the metal base of the dummy--hard. "Gāisǐ de--!" She bit her tongue to keep her from cursing further and waited for the pain to subside.


Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
Akane finished off her slashing of the dummies by beheading one of them. When putting away her katana, she looked at the person who had just accidentally kicked the dummy. "Are you okay?"


Meixiu Chen 1
Meixiu Chen
Mei gritted her teeth before sighing. "Yeah--yeah. Fine, umm, I'm good. Nice--nice katana stuff, uh, whatever your name is." Barely five minutes of practice and Mei was already beginning to feel drowsy (thanks, chronic fatigue syndrome), and drowsy Mei was not good at conversations. "I'm... Meixiu? Mei."


Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
"Akane. And thank you. Do you need to visit the infirmary?" Akane asked, with a slight expression of concern on her face.


Meixiu Chen 1
Meixiu Chen
"No, no, nope, no. No infirmary." Even if she did need to go there, Mei absolutely loathed the infirmary. She rubbed her eyes. "You seem like you'd be a fun sparring opponent."


Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
"Thank you. I get that a lot." She replied, still being stoic. "Are you new here?"


Meixiu Chen 1
Meixiu Chen
Mei shook her head. "Not really. I just don't get to practise here for... various reasons--even when I do, it's at a much later time, so that's probably why we've never come across each other." She cocked her head to the side. "Are you new here? You don't look new."


Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
"No. I've been here a while, since I have a strong affiliation with one of the Kingdoms." She replied, speaking calmly.


Meixiu Chen 1
Meixiu Chen
"Water, I'm guessing." Mei yawned. "Hey, do you want to spar?"


Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
"Sure." Akane replied, simply. She turned away from the dummies and positioned herself in a sparring position.


Meixiu Chen 1
Meixiu Chen
Mei prepared herself as well. "Ready?" After a pause, her fists flew at Akane's jaw.


Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
Akane dodged the punch, and went to aim for Mei's stomach.


Meixiu Chen 1
Meixiu Chen
Mei swiftly veered to the right and kicked at Akane's legs in an attempt to make her lose balance and fall.


Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
Akane almost lost her balance, but she quickly recovered. She looked for more places to aim.


Meixiu Chen 1
Meixiu Chen
Before Akane could get any advantage, Mei ran for her water bottle, picked it up and splashed Akane with it. Mei had never tried this on another water Elemental, but she used her powers to constrict the water around Akane's neck and choke her. Time to see if it worked out.


Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
Akane retaliated by using her dehydration power to melt the water that constricted her. "That was a close one. Did you use hydrokinesis?"


Meixiu Chen 1
Meixiu Chen
Using her powers depleted Mei's last amount of energy. On that note, she collapsed to the ground, breathing heavily. She then sat up straight and nodded. "Been practising for a while. I wondered how well it would work on an experienced water Elemental--well, a knight, in this case. Not very good, as you can see." Her breathing rate returned to normal. "It's a shame I can't keep up for long. You were putting up a good fight."


Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
Akane smiled a little. "I guess you found out that I was a knight. I have to admit though, you're a solid fighter yourself."


Meixiu Chen 1
Meixiu Chen
Mei grinned at Akane. "Thanks. I'm going to pass out any second now." Before that could happen, she got up from the ground and grabbed her belongings. "Out of curiosity, do you enjoy tea?"


Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
"Of course. I drank a lot of tea back home."


Meixiu Chen 1
Meixiu Chen
"So did I. Calms my nerves." Mei headed towards the door. "There's a great place for tea near the Academy--well, not that close by, so I can't go very often. Of course, it doesn't beat what I had back home, but it's still pretty good. We should go there sometime, if you're up for it."


Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
"I'd be up for it. It'd be nice to have a break from all of this training."


Meixiu Chen 1
Meixiu Chen
"So, when do you want to go?"


Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
"Maybe tonight?"


Meixiu Chen 1
Meixiu Chen
"Then tonight it is. Guess I'll sleep in the meantime." On that note, Mei exited the training room and shut the door, heading back to her dorm to pass out.


Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
Akane continued to slash at dummies.


Meixiu Chen 1
Meixiu Chen
Evening fell, and Meixiu was still asleep. The alarm on her phone was buzzing, but she didn't budge.


Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
Akane was preparing for her night drinking tea. She left her residence and headed for the dorms, hoping to find out Mei's dorm.


Meixiu Chen 1
Meixiu Chen
The alarm blared loudly. Mei was still blissfully asleep.


Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
She searched each dorm until she found the one that she thought Mei was most likely to be in. She knocked on the first door of Dorm 5.


Meixiu Chen 1
Meixiu Chen
If the alarm wouldn't wake her up, neither would a knock on the door. The alarm was loud enough for everyone in the dorm to hear except (ironically) Mei.
Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
Akane had a feeling that she had found the right room. She decided to lockpick the door, even if it was against her morals.


Meixiu Chen 1
Meixiu Chen
Mei was still asleep.


Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
Akane was able to open the door, and use her powers to a small degree to wake up Mei. "I'm sorry for this."


Meixiu Chen 1
Meixiu Chen
"Wo lei gè qù!!" Mei's eyes shot open as she lunged for any possible attacker before blinking a few times and realising it was Akane. "Wait... how did you get into my room?"


Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
"Lockpick. Sorry." Akane responded, looking at the lock on the door then looking back at Mei.


Meixiu Chen 1
Meixiu Chen
"Well, no need to be sorry. I probably would've slept through the night otherwise." Mei rubbed her eyes. "I really shouldn't nap before going somewhere. Uh... why are you here again?"


Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
"We agreed to drink tea together, after we met up in the training facility."


Meixiu Chen 1
Meixiu Chen
Mei narrowed her eyes, trying to recall this. "Oh. Right, right. Uh. I'm not dressed or anything yet. Do you mind if I quickly get ready? Sorry to keep you waiting even further." Mei walked to her closet and quickly snatched a top and shorts. "You can wait outside. I'll take less than five minutes."


Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
"Sure." She complied with Mei's request and waited outside.


Meixiu Chen 1
Meixiu Chen
Mei stuck to her promise. Changing into a casual white top and denim shorts, she pulled her hair into a bun, grabbed her phone and left her room. "Ready to go?"


Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
"Yes, let's go." She responded.


Meixiu Chen 1
Meixiu Chen
On that note, the two of them headed out of the campus. "I have a feeling you'll like this place. It's pretty refreshing to go there once in a while."


Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
Akane was enthusiastic. "I'm pretty excited, in that case."


Meixiu Chen 1
Meixiu Chen
"It's usually never crowded, so it's nice to sit there and relax," said Mei as the continued walking. They took a right as Mei continued, "It's free of many... annoying people. Do you ever get people thinking you're Chinese? Well, Japanese in my case." Mei sighed. "Not every Asian person is Chinese or Japanese, ugh."


Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
"Yeah. Chinese on my part. But then again, I am of Hong Kong and Macau ancestry."


Meixiu Chen 1
Meixiu Chen
"Ooh, Hong Kong?" Mei took interest. "I live there! Although, I wasn't born there. Still--it's home. Where were you born?"


Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
"I was born in Sapporo. That's in Northern Japan, in Hokkaido."


Meixiu Chen 1
Meixiu Chen
"Sapporo, huh?" Mei said. "Sounds nice. In any case, here we are," she said, gesturing to the restaurant building in front of them.


Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
"Wow. This place is big."


Meixiu Chen 1
Meixiu Chen
"Large and roomy; nice and quiet." Mei entered through the doors into the restaurant. As expected, there were many empty tables and the entire area radiated a quiet, calm aura. "Shall we?" asked Mei, gesturing to one of the empty tables.


Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
Akane took a seat at the table.


Meixiu Chen 1
Meixiu Chen
Mei sat across from Akane and picked up a menu. "Tea before or after dinner?" She asked.


Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
"I would normally have it after dinner."


Meixiu Chen 1
Meixiu Chen
"Same." Mei peered into the menu. "Well, I already decided what I'm ordering--chow mein. What about you?"


Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
"I'll have ramen."


Meixiu Chen 1
Meixiu Chen
Mei sneered. "I'm judging you for your life choices, Igarashi." She then cracked a grin and ordered her chow mein and oolong tea.


Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
Akane gave a subtle grin, before ordering ramen.


Meixiu Chen 1
Meixiu Chen
As the waitress left, Mei turned to Akane. "So, you're a Water Knight, huh?"


Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
"Yes. I've been training since I was about 9."


Meixiu Chen 1
Meixiu Chen
"Sounds like hard work. What made you choose the Knight life?" Mei asked. "Pun intended."


Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
She didn't want to tell the story of how she went from a Yakuza protege to an honourable Knight. "It's a long story. I had a rough past, so I was inspired to adopt an honourable personality and serve the Water Kingdom."


Meixiu Chen 1
Meixiu Chen
Mei looked at Akane for a long moment. "Hmm," she then mused. "Let me guess--you were a trained killer."


Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
Akane remained silent. She couldn't say any more about the subject.


Meixiu Chen 1
Meixiu Chen
Mei could feel the temperature drop. "Just the ticket," was the last thing she said before changing the subject. "Well, I started learning martial arts when I was eleven. I rarely have the energy to do anything, so it was pretty tough at first."


Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
"I've noticed that. You have good skills."


Meixiu Chen 1
Meixiu Chen
"Really? Th-Thanks," muttered Mei awkwardly. That was honestly one of the first times she had received a compliment. "Since I've been diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, the only things I do are eat and sleep--naturally, people perceive me as lazy."


Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
"Oh. Well, don't let a disease stop you from doing what you love. But then again, don't push yourself too hard either. Do what you think is right." Akane showed off some Japanese philosophy.


Meixiu Chen 1
Meixiu Chen
"Wise," commented Mei. "But thanks, honestly." The waitress had returned with their food, and so after thanking her, Mei indulged in her chow mein.


Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
Akane thanked the waitress, before eating her ramen. "So, what brought you to the Academy?"


Meixiu Chen 1
Meixiu Chen
Mei wolfed down her chow mein. "Well, aren't Elementals supposed to go to the Academy? I know someone who joined late and is a bit of a disaster with her powers." She shrugged. "Either way, I come from a long line of Water Elementals--purely water in my veins. Every Chen has studied at the Academy since it was built."


Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
"Interesting. Nowadays, more Elementals come to the Academy for various reasons."


Meixiu Chen 1
Meixiu Chen
She tilted her head slightly. "Like what?" Mei had an idea of what Akane meant.


Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
"I overheard once that an All-Elemental came here because she lost control of her powers in a boarding school."

(OOC: love the lowkey gossip about lydia and meidah) (OOC: Same)

Meixiu Chen 1
Meixiu Chen
"Ah." Mei thought she knew who Akane was talking about. "Either way, not coming to the Academy seems to result in chaos. At least the Academy actually knows how to teach you to control your powers."


Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
"That's true. Being a Knight has been more beneficial for me."


Meixiu Chen 1
Meixiu Chen
"What do you do as a Knight?"


Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
"I sometimes get assigned to protect people who don't know that they're Elementals, who need to discover their powers and find a safe passage to Elementrium. How we know this is because the parents of the Elemental who doesn't know about their powers has to report their birth in Elementrium. I also kill seriously dangerous people, I attend the coronations of practically every royal in Elementrium, I travel between Earth and Elementrium.. there's a lot to mention. My favourite duty is representing the Water Kingdom in Knight tournaments. Yes, they have those."


Meixiu Chen 1
Meixiu Chen
"Knight tournaments?" This interested Mei. "Ooh, go on."


Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
"Sometimes King Petrova asks me to take part in tournaments, on behalf of the Petrovas. I gladly accept and I go head to head with various other Knights. I have one favourite competitor - Solar Knight." Akane gave a little smirk.


Meixiu Chen 1
Meixiu Chen
"Sounds fun." As she had finished her ramen, she held the teacup in one hand. "Here we go--the main reason we're here." She looked at Akane's cup then back at Akane.


Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
Akane gave a respectful nod. "Indeed."


Meixiu Chen 1
Meixiu Chen
Mei took a sip of her oolong tea. "As good as always."


Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
"Refreshing."

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