I bent down to take a breath. Me and Kai have been training for a whole month. Apparently, there are two tests, the practical and the physical. Kai had been helping me and even allowed me to stay at his place. The academy takes in all, that's why you don't have to pay anything to get in. I turn back to Kai, who looks just as beaten as I feel.
"Damn, you're good at this. he panted
"Am I?" I stood up straight, I thought I was lacking. I mean Kai, he was a really good fighter
"Yeah, man. Though compared to royalty and nobility, we are extremely lacking." He grinned
"What makes them so powerful?" I picked up the wooden sword he had made the previous day.
"Elixirs, training since like the moment they're born. Not to mention their top notch mentors." He sounded bitter as he said this
"I thought that this was an afterlife where everyone was equal." I commented
"Yeah, right." He scoffs "Everyone is unequal here but power can go to anyone."
"Will we learn magic at the academy?"
"Yeah, though nobles will already know a thing or two. The rule is you can't have magic until you have a soul weapon." He picked up his wooden sword
"Soul weapon?" I got into the stance, Kai's father was an excellent swordsman.
"Yeah, it's a weapon that bonds to your soul. Your magic source." He charged at me
I raised my sword and deflected him easily.
"I hope my soul weapon isn't a sword." He grumbled
"Boys! The entrance exam is about to start." Kai's mom yelled
"O.K!" He called back "Let's go."
My heart was beating with anticipation. I have been training for this day for so long, so I was pretty nervous. Taking a deep breath, I looked up at the massive academy.
'Alright, you two do your best and don't stress too much, 'kay?" Kai's mother bent down to give Kai a kiss
"Alright, mum." Kai smiled at her then turned to me, "come on!"
We both walk up to the academy. The gates were crowded with students who were waiting for the tests.
"Hey look, its the prince and princess." Kai whispered in my ear
I look over and saw them. They were majestic. The princess, Fiona, had long strawberry blonde hair with intelligent green eyes, she wore a short grey dress. She, too, had white wings. The prince,Sage, was the complete opposite, with jet black hair that might go down to his shoulders if it wasn't put into a ponytail, he had damp grey eyes and wore a suit. He had white wings as well. I felt my face redden.
"Yeah, she's beautiful." Kai said dreamily.
"Y-yeah." I look away "They have white wings."
"Well duh. You can't upgrade without a soul weapon." he looked back
"Huh." I looked at the big timer and it said we had two minutes left of waiting.
"Nervous?" Kai look at me
"Kinda." I scratched my neck
"Don't worry, you'll do great." He smiled
Just then, the timer had reached 0 and the doors opened.
* * *
The first test was the practical test. They had us seated in rows and gave us a 30 question test. The questions were exactly like me and Kai had gone over. They were relatively easy, it kinda confused me. The second test was the physical test. We had to fight against a dummy made of roots that the principle created. We get to choose the weapons of our choice, but those weapons are not to keep. I looked over the selection of weapons we could choose from. I ended up picking the sword. Kai picked the daggers. I turned towards my root dummy.
"That's amazing." I look over, I saw that the prince and princess had already taken care of their dummy's. In record time.
"Wow." I breathed. I have to catch up.
Turning to my dummy, I charged at it. I decided to go all out and go for the head. I knew that it could most likely recreate its body parts, so I'll have to cut it up faster than it can regenerate. I cut up the arms and head, then moved for the place where a human heart would be. The dummy fell and didn't get back up. I passed.
"Great job man!" Kai ran up to me, looks like he finished as well.
"How was it?"
"Difficult, but not impossible." He smiled
"Really? It was pretty easy."
"Well, we aren't exactly meant to destroy." He said, giving me a sideways glance.
I shifted my legs. If thats the case why did the royals and nobles do it so easily, or was Kai trying to make up for it being difficult for him? I sighed, so many questions.
"The principle!" Someone yelled
That got everyone's attention.
"Hello fellow students!" The principle called out. The principal was a tall, lean man with gray hair. He had a sort of light reddish pink wings.
"They say he's next to become a gold wing." Kai whispered
Gold wings. The highest colored wings for only the strongest, there is said that there are only five right now.
"I will now show you who will enter the academy! Please look at the board and look for your name!" above him, a list of names appeared.
"Look! There we are!" Kai yelled excitedly.
"We passed." I smiled
"Only by luck." I turned around to see what looked like a noble. He had caramel brown hair with hazel eyes. He wore a white suit that made his dark skin pop out. He had white wings that almost looked like it was part of the suit. He had the utmost disgust in his eyes as he looked at me and Kai.
"Why is that?" Kai asked, looking equally disgusted
"I don't see why they allow commoners to go to the academy. You're useless." He sneered
" We are not." Kai said heatedly
"Yeah you are and mark my words, you won't last two days in that school."