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PostSubject: Fire and Ice (Summer)   Mon Jan 19, 2015 12:21 pm


Val strode confidently into the arena, despite the fact that he had no idea what he was getting himself into. He often got himself into messes without realizing he was going to be in a mess beforehand, but honestly, he should have guessed when he found out his mentor was someone named Crystal. His uncontrollable flirting would most certainly cause problems, but he still held the smirk on his face and the twinkle in his gray eyes.

It was a moderate day for that time of year, about 40 degrees Fahrenheit, and overcast, but there were still pockets of snow in shady areas around camp. Val was wearing his leather jacket with a dark red shirt underneath it, and a camp shirt under that. His glasses had already unfogged from the temperature change, and he could see again, which he guessed was good for his first archery class.

Because he was new to camp, he was still getting used to how everything worked and how to use weapons. He was lucky enough to have been claimed quickly by the goddess of love, so he knew where he belonged, for the most part, which was better than some kids who were never claimed. He hoped that 'Crystal' wasn't going to make him work harder or beat him up or anything because of his flirting, but that won't stop him from trying to get her to go out with him.
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PostSubject: Re: Fire and Ice (Summer)   Tue Jan 20, 2015 9:28 am


crystal frost
the cold burns, sears brighter than you'll ever smolder
Crystal headed toward the archery field with willful focus in her step. There was a task she had been assigned to do, a task which she also foresaw would not end well. She was to mentor a new camper, but whose cabin Chiron had refused to tell her.

You'll know when you meet him, the centaur had said, with a sort of jaded air, blatantly ignoring Crystal's irritated gaze. And before then, he had reminded, try not to form any... quick impressions. From that action alone, however, she could already narrow down the cabins and deduce what sort of camper the ancient teacher had charged her with.

He had better not be one of those narcissistic idiots, Crystal thought darkly, as she made her way swiftly across a field. Zeus knows we've got enough of them in his cabin. These acidic statements were typical of the sharp-tongued daughter of Khione, and she could care less about retribution from said god even if she had spoken the words out loud.

The only thing that lightened her mood was the weather. Gone was the smothering heat of summer and the endless, howling winds of autumn. Snow now covered sparse areas of camp, glittering in spaces under the sun and glowing dully in the pockets of shade. Still, a flicker of irritation danced in her chest. Why Mr. D did not just let snow fall as per normal—Crystal had no idea. Instead, weather in campus was as strictly controlled as phone calls.

At least the temperature was relatively cold. Not perfectly exhilarating like the frigid atmosphere of the Khione cabin, where every breath was like inhaling fresh mint, but cold enough that she could feel absolute comfort walking barefoot across the frozen campus grounds. Despite the rawness of the weather, however, Crystal's attire was not affected whatsoever. She could've been strolling along the beach on a warm summer evening with the shorts and regular orange camp tee that she wore.

Finally seeing her destination in the near distance, Crystal quickened her pace and jogged the remaining way through the entrance of the archery field. There was a pair of Apollo campers practicing at one end, and a lone camper with his back facing her, who seemed to have just arrived. That's probably the one, might as well get it over with.

She slowed a few yards from the camper to a regular walking speed. "You there," Crystal called out sharply but not unkindly, "Val Summers isn't it?"


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PostSubject: Re: Fire and Ice (Summer)   Tue Jan 20, 2015 10:31 am


Val turned around quickly when his name was called, and retained his confident smirk. He quickly took her in, and decided that this was most certainly going to go as well as he had assumed. "Yep, that's me. Valentinus Summers, but Val's fine," he stated. "And I may be overstepping, but you look beautiful today, -Crystal? A beautiful name for a beautiful girl."

He knew he shouldn't flirt with his mentor. He knew that no matter who her parent was, she could easily beat him into a pulp for this, but he just couldn't help it. She really was pretty, though honestly he though just about every girl was pretty, so this was no different than how he'd acting towards any other girl (besides his siblings) at this camp.
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PostSubject: Re: Fire and Ice (Summer)   Tue Jan 20, 2015 1:18 pm


crystal frost
the cold burns, sears brighter than you'll ever smolder
It was barely ten seconds into their meeting but he already had Crystal fighting the urge to slam a hand into her face. Annoyance bubbled up inside her, seemed to think better of it, before escaping from her lips in a small resigned sigh. "You're Aphrodite's, aren't you?"

Now she was hundred percent certain of the reason for Chiron's suspicious behaviour. He had to have done it on purpose—making her work with someone she had little patience with in order to temper her irate nature. After all, keeping emotions in check was just as important as becoming a skilled fighter.

Fine, she'd show that centaur. She would not lose her temper, and the camper would not end up in the infirmary. At least not because he was deeply unconscious or frozen solid or had an arrow shoved in the thigh.

Whatever Val's response was, Crystal didn't need to hear it. With two strides, she stepped off the grass and onto the pavement that lined the field. The hard stone felt different under her bare soles. At the sides, stood a row of practice equipment set ready for campers who wished to use them.

The daughter of Khione took a crossbow off its stand and checked it over for any damage. She didn't need her new apprentice getting a flying bow compartment in his eye even before training started. Though perhaps then I wouldn't have to waste my time, she thought wryly, then snapped at herself, tough luck Crystal, deal with it.

Turning back to the camper, she called out a short warning before tossing the crossbow at his face. "Here! Think fast."


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PostSubject: Re: Fire and Ice (Summer)   Tue Jan 20, 2015 2:41 pm


Her reaction was just about what he expected it to be. She obviously already tired of his flirting and he hadn't even started yet. Well he had but that didn't count. "Yeah, my mother is the goddess of love and beauty, which is how I can tell how beautiful you are," he replied, though she obviously wasn't listening.

You see, Val had two basic modes: flirty and angry, and they stemmed from the same issues he had growing up. Most of the time, when he was young, the only way to get attention from his foster parents was to make a scene, so he's spent the rest of his life making a scene, because that's what worked before. When he got older, flirting got him attention from the girls in his school, so that became another mode for him to use.

Distracted by his inner monologue, Val was surprised when the crossbow was thrown at him, but he managed to catch it clumsily. He looked at it for a moment before looking back at Crystal. "I thought we were doing bow and arrow," he stated with a confused expression. She probably thought he was just another looks-obsessed Aphrodite kid she had to deal with. Well maybe it was better that way.
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PostSubject: Re: Fire and Ice (Summer)   Sat Jan 24, 2015 6:06 am


crystal frost
the cold burns, sears brighter than you'll ever smolder
Crystal felt a flicker of alarm. Was she going to have to listen to his sappy talk for the entire session? Maybe if I acknowledged that statement he'd stop repeating it. Nodding at the son of Aphrodite, she replied cautiously, "Thank you."

Turning her attention back to the task at hand, Crystal picked out another crossbow for herself and looked over its detail. The weapon was well-made, a little worn from use, but still in perfect condition. It was not, however, made of celestial bronze, as most other weapons in camp were. The precious metal was saved for the making of arrows as after all, only they would penetrate the enemy. Instead, sleek gray steel met with polished wood, and oil glistened along moving joints of the crossbow's mechanism.

Crystal raised an eyebrow at Val's next question, though she could not say she didn't expect it. Most new campers had inaccurate impressions about that swag piece of hunger games equipment right there.

"We are doing bow and arrow. There's your bow," she gestured at Val's crossbow with hers, then held out a long metal-shafted object with an unmistakably bronze arrowhead. "And here's your arrow." She knew though, that Val's confusion was not aimed at that particularly obvious piece of information. Fitting another similar bolt into her crossbow, Crystal launched into an actual explanation.

"There are many different kinds of 'bow and arrow' as you call it, but we use only the most efficient and practical ones for battle. The stereotypical wooden bow you're probably thinking of is the longbow, which is an ancient artifact rarely used in battle unless the archer has already specialised in it. Though it is a powerful weapon in the long-run, its draw weight and requirements for accuracy far exceeds your abilities." Crystal waved a dismissive hand at that and continued.

"Then there are the more sensible bows suited for our needs, which are also more modern. Among those, the crossbow is by far the easiest to learn and most accurate bow for beginners as well as amateurs especially at short range.

"We have equipment for compound and composite bows as well, which many of us do use. But new campers with no previous shooting experience,"
she nodded at Val, "like you, are started off with the crossbow. Campers who prefer the sword as their main weapon usually use this particular type of bow as backup. Its as easy as using a gun and almost impossible to mess up. Though some people can still find a way to get themselves banned from holding one." Crystal muttered the last part darkly, not referring to Val but remembering an incongruous someone else.

"Within minutes, unless you've been cursed with terrible hand-eye co-ordination or similar disability, you'll be able to hit the target. If after the basics, you wish to use the bows with the string, you'll have to train for it."


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PostSubject: Re: Fire and Ice (Summer)   Sat Jan 24, 2015 3:34 pm


Aha! She acknowledged the flirting! Maybe she's not as annoyed as he thought she was. Or maybe she was bottling up all the hate for later. If that was true, he was certainly in for it. Oh well, might as well continue his flirting.

He listen to her for as long as he could, but his ADHD got the better of him and he started messing with the crossbow. Val pushed his glasses up higher on his nose and looked back up at Crystal. "Sorry, what? I got distracted- by how pretty you are," Val stated. He wasn't quite sure what else to say. Flirting worked earlier, though, so he thought he should continue.
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PostSubject: Re: Fire and Ice (Summer)   Mon Jan 26, 2015 9:37 am


crystal frost
the cold burns, sears brighter than you'll ever smolder
Crystal almost stared at Val in disbelief. She had spent the past two minutes explaining intricate details out of goodwill but was he even listening?

"Focus," she snapped. "I don't repeat information." This obviously wasn't going to work. Crystal considered the situation, then decided on the best course of action. She'd stay through the entire hour of training, then march straight to Chiron and tell him the arrangement just wasn't going to work. But for that to ever become a possibility, she'd have to maintain her temperament.

Sighing, Crystal, gestured at the crossbow in Val's hand, then reached to place her crossbow facing the ground, perpendicularly. "Watch." She put her foot through a holder at the base of the weapon to secure it, then pulled the string up to manually cock the bolt.

"This is how you 'nock an arrow'". She decided that using simpler terms would be better. Lifting the crossbow to eye-level again, she pointed it at a target in the near distance. "Look through the scope, take aim, and shoot."

Crystal fired the bolt. There was a sharp sound and the projectile flew across the field, embedding itself into somewhat the centre of the target. "Your turn."


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PostSubject: Re: Fire and Ice (Summer)   Mon Jan 26, 2015 10:39 am


Valentinus knew he was in trouble. It wasn't really his fault though, his dang ADHD was to blame, but that excuse wouldn't get him far in this situation. She was already annoyed with him enough as it is. He decided that staying focused would be his main priority, because if he did, the girl was less likely to freeze him, and he really didn't feel like being frozen today.

Val copied her movements with 'nocking the arrow' and watched her shoot the crossbow. "Whoa. I must be a snowflake because I've fallen for you," he said looking at the target. He realized after it slipped out of his mouth that he probably shouldn't have said it, and that she was either going to fall for his charm, or hurt him. The latter seemed more likely though.
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