"and they are?" Tessa turned to face him, raising an eyebrow inquiringly. "listen, we don't just teach you how to use your power, we also teach you how to defend yourself without them, neccesary skills" she pointed out to him.
"You already know what one of my powers is..." Ash muttered hesitantly. "and you don't need to know what the other is. And anyway, I know how to... defend myself." By cowering? Ha. Pathetic. "I'll be fine, seriously..."
Tessa shook her head and stared into his eyes, "why won't you tell me?" she asked softly with a small sigh. "well, your at this school, so you are expected to attend the classes."
Ash immediately turned his eyes away from hers, knowing that if he kept looking into them he'd end up spilling everything. "You don't need to know, okay?" he murmured quietly, swallowing. "And just because I'm here, that doesn't mean I have to do the work."
Tessa looked sharply at him, "then why are you here?" she asked him. "come on? Would you at least, try to help yourself?"
Ash cringed a little at the look she was giving him. He knew that look all to well, and he looked worriedly down at the floor. "I... Because I have to be here. I didn't choose to be here... But fine. I'll be good..."
Tessa's eyed softened, "listen I'm sorry, I just..." she trailed off and then looked back at him with big eyes. "I want to help you."
Ash shook his head, though his hands were still slightly trembling in his pockets. "Just tell me where the stupid class is, and I'll be there," he muttered.
Tessa sighed deeply, "it's in the training room, by the pool" she motioned to the huge doors. "I'll see you there" she murmured.
Ash nodded, his eyes still on the floor. "Yeah. See you there." With that, he headed back toward his room. Breakfast didn't end for another twenty minutes, and he certainly didn't plan on being early to class.
Tessa sighed again, she wished he trusted her, but they had just met. She sat back down at the table and waited for her friends to arrive.
Ash eventually found his room, slamming the door shut a little too hard. He was upset now, and wished he could just set the whole building on fire. But of course, that wasn't exactly possible, so he settled for burning himself as usual.
Mara got there first, then the others started to file in. Daisy, an English teacher, Matthew the gym teacher who helped out with her class as well, Daniel, Maras boyfriend who taught social studies, and others cane in as well. She smiled slightly and waited for them to get their breakfast and come over.
The only things that hadn't been burned so far were the closet, his clothes, and the bed. Even the walls were covered in ashes, as well as the ceiling. Ash finally forced himself to open the small window so he wouldn't suffocate from the smoke.
"Hey Mara" Tessa smiled at her. "Hey Tess" she say down, and began eating. "so, has Jack been creeping on you lately?" she chewed her food loudly. "well...."
Now Ash almost wished that defense class would hurry up and start, just to give him something to do. His arms still stung from where he burned them; hopefully he could just keep his sleeves pulled down to hide the marks.
Tessa sighed, "it's nothing" she smiled at Mara who was giving her I-don't-buy-it-one-bit look and she sighed again. "I gotta get going, class starts in five minutes!" she got up giving Daniel a quick smile and threw her food away and went to class.
The five minute bell rang outside his door, and Ash sighed in relief. Finally, something to do! He headed out into the hall and started toward his class, hoping he actually learned something. He absently tugged on his sleeves, feeling as if everyone that passed him could see his scars even when they were covered over.
Tessa began to warm up, she grabbed a pair of daggers, she liked the feel if them. They were small, but deadly, concealable. She swung around and hit the dummy with fatal force.
Ash let out a low whistle as he walked in just in time to see her skill. "Not bad," he said, almost mockingly. Knives? That was what they'd be using? How boring...