[ It takes maybe ten minutes before he can pay attention to the
light pressure in his mind, and he answers with voice only, because he's at
work, and paying attention to what he's looking at, or how he is looking,
is too much of a concentration break at this moment. But his voice is
definitely awake and attentive. Trade-offs. He can pay attention to what he
is doing and her, but not appearances... two out of three. And he knows
which two matter more. ]
Yes, Miss Usagi? What can I help
[ Small smile, and just a hint of
I am not nearly as good with it as some
people here - barely more than a beginner in the actual skill. I am
attending the classes at the Welcoming Center, myself - I can explain as
much of the basics as your friend wishes to know, and then we can attend
the courses together.
[ Oh. The affection that is flowing through the crystal to him.
There is fondness, mild and calm, back, because he may be a calculating,
manipulative man, he's not made of stone. And he is fond of younger
Do not worry about it. I would like to ask - are
you sure that you are not interested in joining us?
Mmm. I would like to point out that there are no examinations, only
practice, so it is not exactly like school. And you can do a lot of the
practice with positive emotions, so I think you may find it quite a lot of
[ Yes, this is Madison. He'll poke at the places which are the
most sensitive. There is a bit of a smile to his voice, but he goes on
carefully, since it would not do to give her the wrong impression.
Dunamis is a means to protect yourself and your environment from
the raw impact of your emotions. Since everyone's emotions are different,
and their effects are different, there is little use of standardized
examinations, since they would be, at best, arbitrary.
learning it... a little before we met, I believe, a lot of people here were
possessed, violent and determined to cause harm. [ And he was one of
them. ] I saw people use Dunamis then, to protect themselves and
people around them. There are no examinations because experiences here can
force you to use it at unexpected times and places.
It is a good
thing to learn. And it is entirely up to each of us to learn it
[ That's why there are no exams. ]