Sam grinned, using his new form (comprised of his own style and what he had just been informed on) and rushed Talia. He had met her before when he was younger, when she gave him a practice sword to play-spar with her. "You should be a knight one day!" was what she had said. Sam didn't think he'd do it then. Blocking Sam's strikes with her pole, she swung the pike, forcing Sam to give up ground. "Plant your feet, stand firm." she scolded lightly. Talia rushed Sam this time and he had little time to counter. "Jeez!" he muttered. Simon saw Alanna blush and looked a little surprised. "Heh, it's fine." he told her reassuringly. "I made many more mistakes than you when I started. Just ask Tal." he added. "Now attack when ready." he informed her, taking a stance with his spear. "Ready when you are."
Alanna let her face slide back into her concentrated form and did as she was told. Bringing her sword up and around trying to get past that huge spear. It didn't work he easily blocked it they went for a strike of his own that the barely sidestepped. cursing under her breath she looked up at simon. "This dosn't feel right. What am I doing wrong?"
Simon paused, jumping back. "I'll give you a hint: when you're fighting an enemy who has an unbeatable defense, wait for a powerful attack." he drew back for a long stab. "Sidestep, and get behind him." He went at Alanna directly with the spear. Sam blocked Talia's pike blade on his left side. "Make sure you use offense. Don't just focus on defending, even if your opponent continues to attack." Talia lectured him, swinging the pike quickly and skillfully. "Wait for even the smallest opening. Take a chance!" She brought the pike down over his head. He grinned, seeing his opening and holding his sword over his head. Blocking the heavy hit, he slid off of it and sliced at Talia's stomach. Her eyes widened a bit as he got the opening, but then she smiled brightly as he stopped short and offered a hand. "Nice spar." he said happily.
Alanna saw what he ment almost immediatly. Swinging her sword she pinned his spear to the ground and shoved him back with her foot. Just far enough that she could bring her sword up so it was level to his eyes. "Better?" she asked.
Talia grinned at Sam. "Well played little man you learn quickly." She took his hand and gave it a very firm shake. "You still have a long way to go."
Simon smile and held up a fist for Al to punch. "Way to go. You took my advice and used it right away." he said. "You still need to practice, though. But I can tell you're going to make a great knight." Walking with Al over to the other two, he held his soear upright and smiled. "Well, that's it for today. You guys look promising, and I'm glad we got to train you two first." He nodded at the two trainees and motioned for Talia to come when she was done. "She smiled at the two. "Keep up the good work!" she murmured to them and jogged to catch up to Simon. Sam turned to Alanna. "So how was that?" he asked.
Alanna grinned from ear to ear. "That was amazing!" She was almost giddy with excitement. "They arn't at all what I thought they would be like." She looped her arm through Sams and started back off torwards town. "So what should we do now?"
Sam grinned and happily strolled off, his arm linked with Alanna's. "How 'bout we get some food?" he asked jauntily, practically bouncing down the road. His grin was almost as wide as Al's. "What do you want to do?" He looked around at people as they went down the road. "I know today was great, but we're going to have a lot of difficult jobs ahead." After that comment, he resumed the mood. "But let's enjoy tonight!" he told her.
Alanna glared at him and punched him in the arm. "Don't you dare ruin my mood." Then she grinned. "I could definatly eat but I wanna visit my pony first. Meet you somewhere in say 20 minutes?"
Sam grinned again when he punched his arm. Bumping shoulders with her, he released Alanna's arm and nodded. "How about we meet at the street corner we did this morning?" he asked. "I'll treat you to some food down the road from there. See you in a bit!" he finished, and started walking back to the meeting place.
Alanna almost skipped back to the stables. "Hey there girl." She said as she started to stroke the ponys face. "How was your day? You make any new friends? I sure did. Who would have thought the people here could be so nice? Anyway I have to go now I have dinner plans. You be a good girl." She gave the pony a shugar cube before walking back to the meeting place.
Sam grinned and motioned down the road. "There's a place we can get some food down there." he told her, starting to walk. "It's good, and apparently they cook using volcanic rocks from Arifet's natural surroundings." he added. "But it's probabaly just BS." He smiled. "So you up for it?" he asked.
Alanna laughed. "Lets do it!" She looped her arm back through his as they walked down the street. "You know this is the best day I have had in a long while."They had reached the resturant. "Well it smells good."
Sam grinned as they sat down at the open bar. It was just a long bar counter with the space behind them open to the road. "What'll it be?" the chef asked, walking up. "Get whatever you'd like." Sam murmured to Alanna. "Um, I'll take the potato soup, please." Sam said. Arifet mostly bred horses, so there weren't a ton of meat animals. Crops were limited to what they could grow along the forest edge. "What're you getting?" he asked quietly.
Alanna sighed. "I'll just have the same." She said quickly. She pulled out her purse and covered her half of the bill. "So what do we do tomorrow then?"
"Whoa..." Sam murmured. He had caught a glimpse into Alanna's purse. "You've got some money!" he whispered, eyeing the bag. "I mean- I said I'd cover you..." he corrected himself lamely. "Anyway, I think we'll take a real job. Not an intense one, but a real one." he replied seriously. "We are new knights and all, but from today, we know we're both capable of bigger jobs." He smiled as their soup came out. "Besides, we had an excellent day today! Tomorrow'll be great." he grinned again and raised his spoon. "Dig in!" he told her.
Alanna grinned. "Yes I still have money. and a real job sounds awesome if you think we are up for it." She took a bite of her soup. "you know this really isn't half bad."
Sam nodded. "Yeah, I don't come here much though, I have to save some money." he rattled the small wallet. "Trying to buy a place to live. I might just build my own." he told her, blowing on a spoon of soup. "So we'll meet at the job board tomorrow and choose a job?" he asked, turning to her. "Sound okay with you?"
"Fine with me. Just make sure you sleep tonight you really shouldn't go so long without it." She smiled and yawned. "Well this was fun but I'm heading back to the inn. Goodnight."
"Got it, captain." he joked, pushing the soup bowl away from him and standing up. He set the coins on the table and looked at Alanna. "You know, you probably will be a captian one day." he told her. "But I digress. Want me to walk you to the inn?" he asked, offering an arm.
"Now I doubt that I fold under pressure to easily." She stood accepting his arm shoving him with her shoulder. "Thanks for walking me back to be honest I'd probably get lost." She added with a laugh.