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Chapter 23

      Jeremy stood in the middle of the large room. It was featureless, except for the four mats on the floor, probably six meters on each sides, it was basically empty. He looked around again, he could see people walked by through the two doorways, but no one was paying him any attention.

      He wasn't sure what happened here, and if not for the message he received, telling him to come here, he didn't think he'd ever come here.

      "Hello Jeremy," someone said, startling him, and making him move away. It took him a moment to take hold of himself again.

      "I, I, I'm sorry, I didn't see you there," Jeremy stammered.

      She looked at him, tilting her head. "I'm Amigerlianfernel, I command gamma squad, and I am also a combat trainer."

      Jeremy nodded, his breathing slowly. "Okay, why did you want to see me?" She was a little shorter than him, with silver fur, spotted with black.

      "I'm not the one who requested this session. The captain did." She moved closer to Jeremy, and he found himself taking a step back. "I will not hurt you. Now that you are starting to feel more comfortable around us again, he has asked me to train you. It's been three months since your abduction, correct?"

      "A little more than that."

      She nodded. "Please come closer."

      "Look, I don't really need to learn how to fight. I'll just stay on the ship form now on."

      She motioned for him to come closer. After a moment of hesitation, he did. "You can not spend the rest of your life on the ship. Please show me your hand." Jeremy raised a hand to her. She took it and turned it over, examining it, and his fingers. "Since you don't have claws, I'll start by teaching you close fists techniques, until we can find something to correct this. have you even been in a fight?"

      Jeremy had to think back rather far. "When I was a kid, I think. I've never been one to look for fights."

      "That's good. A Hunter doesn't want to fight, but it's his duty to stand between the threat and the innocent."

      "I thought hunters were the name of a military unit."

      She looked at him. "Not here. The Hunters on the ship follow the ancient ways. For us, it is a way of life. It means I well never let someone be harmed. I will give my life to protect my people."

      "Isn't that a little extreme?"

      She shook her head. "The Hunter's creed is this : 'We are Hunters. We die so our people live.'"

      "I don't know if that's for me," Jeremy said.

      She smiled at him. "You're not being asked to become a Hunter. It isn't something anyone can be forced to be. Your mate wants you to be able to defend yourself should humans try to kidnap you again."

      Jeremy nodded, it wasn't an unreasonable request. He had no plans on dealing with humans again, but he couldn't know what was going to happen.

      He took a deep breath. "Okay, how are we going to do this?"

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On 1/3/2018 at 11:27 AM, WolfBearHybrid said:

Well... That's good... But three months? Oh gosh.

Deep trauma don't get resolve quickly

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