An Understated Dominance
by Marina Vittori
“T-that’s impossible! How on earth did you do that?” Gianna stuttered, utterly shocked. She didn’t have time to process everything since it happened too quickly.
“Are you going to accuse me of cheating again?” Dustin retorted.
“I-” Gianna didn’t know what to say.
Earlier, Dustin might have cheated by using internal energy. But, using internal energy was allowed in the agility test. Anyone who safely got through the row of stilts naturally passed. There was no way she could accuse him of cheating anymore. Still, she couldn’t accept it. “Hmph! So what if he’s fast? He only passed because he used underhanded tricks!” Desmond grumbled dismissively. “The internal energy test is up next. I doubt you’ll pass!”
“He’s right! Internal energy determines a martial artist’s strength. No matter how fast you are, you’re useless if your internal energy is weak!” Gianna echoed stubbornly.
“Hey, kid! I dare you to compete with Desmond and see who has stronger internal energy!” The winner gets to call the shots!” Devon taunted.
They were all betting on Desmond now. After all, as a strong Divine-level martial artist, he was the strongest among them. They were sure that he would win when it came to internal energy.
“I guess I’ll entertain you guys “Dustin smiled. If it was an internal energy test, he might as well enjoy himself.
“Fine! Follow me.” Demond shouted and led everyone to the location of the third test.
The setup was simple. A stone platform in the center held a huge beautiful, pure white crystal ball.
“How do we use this, sir?” Gianna asked after studying the crystal ball.
“The rules are simple. Place your hand on the crystal ball and channel your internal energy into it. The crystal’s color will gradually change.
“The passing color is black. Silver color means distinction. Those who turn golden will advance to the next level,” the alliance staff explained.
“Alright! I’ll give it a shot!” Gianna exclaimed excitedly.
She put one hand on the crystal ball and channeled her internal energy. Soon, the milky crystal began to turn black.
However, the ball stopped changing colors when it was only half black. Gianna had nearly used up her internal energy, and sweat collected on her forehead.
No matter how much she tried, the crystal ball refused to turn black completely. In other words, she didn’t have enough internal energy to pass the test.
“Let me try!” Others tried their luck after her.
However, most were also unable to turn the crystal ball black. Only a few talented individuals managed to turn the ball black and some into silver,
“You’re up, Desmond “-Everyone’s attention was now on Desmond. He was the only one who could restore Boulderthorn to its former glory.
“Move out of my way!” Desmond gestured for them to move aside and went forward.
He placed his hand on the ball. Immediately, Divine Aura began flowing into the crystal ball.
There was a hum as the ball began to vibrate, and the crystal quickly turned black before turning silver. After the crystal ball turned fully silver, streaks of gold began appearing.
The Steeljaws Fellowship disciples were excited at the sight, and their eyes twinkled eagerly. Desmond was already incredible since he could turn the crystal ball silver. But if he managed to turn it golden, he’d outshine everyone else and could advance to the next level!
An Understated Dominance by Marina Vittori
Author: Marina Vittori
Artist: Dahlia Nicholson and Dustin Rhys
Released: July, 9, 2023
Native Language: English