I consider this Chapter 2 of Cass' personal story arc for Chapter 1 please read Remedial Training - Week 1
Cass stood in the middle of his room in the sixth squad barracks barefoot, his eyes closed as he concentrated on the flow of his spiritual energy. He was trying to focus the majority of his power down to the balls of his feet as Miyuki had done and cast the hado he had just learned a few days ago. Over the course of three days he had been blasted off of his feet more times than he could count, but the last few times he had attempted it he had at least mangaged to guide the lightning around his quarters before his control slipped.Okay...okay...you can do this...you already have coiled the energy in on itself while using your hand to direct the flow of his spiritual energy. It is just a matter of controlling it with your feet instead of your hands.
Miyuki, his blue haired mentor, had told him that he just needed to practice coiling the energy using his arm to direct the flow of his spiritual energy. However, Cass had wanted to take it one step further and learn to use this spell without the use of his hands just as she had done. Closing his eyes as he channeled a majority of his spiritual energy to his feet and held it there for a moment, “Hado, Number Eleven: Bound Lightning!” Cass grinned as he watched the line of energy start to make its way away from him. When it neared his bed Cass directed the lightning turning it right to avoid mat and sent it up the wall to about eye level. Then finally Cass started to coil the energy in on its self, it took him only a matter of heart beats to finish three tight coils before it his control slipped and he was blown off of his feet and into the wall behind him.
“Dammit...” Cass got to his feet and realized that it was almost time for him to head to his lesson with Miyuki, if he didn't leave soon he would be late. Apparently he had been standing in place for much longer than he had originally thought, “Dammit!” he said as he ran out of the door of his quarters and started to run making his way towards the Shino Academy.
Breathless and covered in sweat Cass made it to the room where he normally met Miyuki and frowned there was a note on the door with his name on it. Ripping it off the door Cass unfolded it and silently scanned the letter, Cass, today we are going to meet out in the sparring arena.
Miyuki name was written at the bottom of the note and Cass frowned, he hated being late and now he was going to be doubly so; the sparring arena was on the other side of the academy.
It had taken him nearly fifteen minutes to navigate across the campus in a rush and when he topped the hill that over looked the pit of the arena Cass smiled happy to see the blue haired woman sitting on one of the walls waiting for him. Without even thinking Cass barreled down towards the pit. “Hey! Miyuki sorry I am late, I lost track of time and was late in the first place then when I got to the class room I found your note.”
Miyuki looked up at him with a smile and waved, she was trying to say something to him but Cass couldn't make it out before she disappeared from her perch, an instant later she was at Cass' side. “It is no problem, but if you knew how to...” She disappeared again and was instantly on the other side of him. “...use shunpo being late, even if I change the location at the last minute...” She disappeared again this time apppearing in front of him and Cass was instantly stopped by a net of kido energy that suddenly appeared around him. “...would never be a problem again.” Miyuki kept her calm smile.
“What the hell is this Miyuki?” Cass struggled to get free but the kido net held tight, “Come on Miyuki I was only a few moments late did you really have to do this?”
“No I didn't but it is going to help you in more ways than one. First off the kido you are going to learn today is very difficult to set up right, you see I didn't put that up until you even got here. However, because I can utilize shunpo, or flashstep, I can move much faster than your eyes can follow. “ The blue haired instructor dispelled the net and watched as Cass stumbled a few steps before regaining his balance.
“So you are telling me that I have to learn to move faster than the eye can see in order to cast the next spell you are going to teach me?” Cass couldn't even begin to wonder on how he was going to accomplish that in one day, “Shouldn't you of warned me that I needed to be doing things to build up my speed during my training with you, Miyuki?”
“Not at all; the art of shunpo involves spiritual control more than that of speed. Now don't get me wrong speed is a very improtant part of it.” Miyuki frowned as she tried to think up a way to explain it to Cass, “Think of it like this: by using your spiritual energy and pooling it at the bottom of your feet you can launch yourself forward so fast that you disappear from eyesight for an instant. Like this...” Miyuki took two steps towards her student and then vanished only to tap him on the back.
Cass spun around to face his teacher and frowned, he had been trying to follow her with his eyes that time but still he saw nothing. “Alright where do I start?” he said he was mentally defeated when it came to this one.
“Focus on feeling your spiritual energy around you...” Miyuki walked around him as Cass closed his eyes, “You have already learned to let your spiritual energy flow naturally without totally losing control of it. Now all you have to do is hold it back and only let it escape from the bottom of your feet, when you feel like you are ready I want you to take one step forward Cass. Keep your eyes closed and take one step forward” Miyuki stepped back and smiled, she could already sense the flow of his energy changing subtly, Cass had no problem changing the path of his power. Suddenly Cass vanished and appeared out in the middle of the arena.
“Great job Cass!” Miyuki beamed, her student was progressing fast, but he needed to learn to move faster and predict an opponents moves until he learned to see another person using shunpo. Cass turned around his face showed surprise at the fact that he had actually accomplished his first flash step. “Now in order to make sure you fully grasp this less Cass I have a simple game in mind. All you have to do is catch me.” She smiled as she vanished only to appear at the edge of the arena, “No need to worry I will stay in the bounds of the arena.”
Cass frowned, as he pondered how he was supposed to catch the blue haired teacher if he couldn't see her movements. At least now I can catch up to her once I learn to follow her.
Cass shot forward leaving nothing but a cloud of dust where he stood before. He appeared only inches from where Miyuki had been only to find she was already gone standing against he wall of the arena.
“You will never catch me when if you keep having to stop like that.” She laughed.
Cass took off again this time keeping his eyes trained on Miyuki; when she moved he could have sworn he saw the slightest hint of a blur leaving her body before she disappeared entirely. That is it! That blur it has to be her using shunpo, could it be possible that before her body has vanished completely.
Cass smiled as he figured it out, and this time when he appeared where Miyuki had been Cass didn't waste a moment and vanished again.
Miyuki smiled as she dashed around the arena evading her student, she was moving much slower than she could in hopes that he would catch a glimpse on how to see a person using shunpo. Apparently her tactic had worked somehow when she saw Cass shoot off in her general direction without having to stop and look around. He is beginning to understand it.
Miyuki vanished again as she started to move in order to avoid her student.
Cass saw it clearly this time Miyuki had vanished and he changed direction on the fly as he met her in the center of the arena. Cass grabbed for her sleeve but he grabbed nothing but air. “I...think you have grasped the nature of this lesson.
“Are you ready to begin your kido lesson for today?” Miyuki spoke as she rested against the wall of the arena waiting for Cass' answer. Shunpo Application - 1000 word requirementWords written - 1550