If Baylor had ever trained a girl before, you couldn't tell. He was so nervous about training Hunter, his hands were shaking. He was afraid that Hunter would notice, He didn't need that to happen.
"Baylor? You ok, dude?" She asked when she noticed Baylor zoning.
"Huh? Oh, yeah I'm fine." He replied.
"Are you sure?" She persisted, "You seem out of it."
"Well, I guess you could say I'm kind of out of it." Baylor said with a sigh.
"Um...You want to talk about it?" Hunter asked him with a hint of concern.
"No, not really." Baylor said, closing the issue for the time being.
"Ok, well I guess I'll go get started on something" Hunter said as she walked off.
Damn! Baylor thought as she walked away. This was not the "Damn" as in "Damn she's hot." this was the "Damn, how could she tell?" He had to figure out how to hide his feelings better. He thought he was skilled at it, but apparently not well enough. Hunter, who had known him for only two weeks, could already tell that there was something wrong with him. Maybe he was just spending too much time with her. He decided to stop for a little while, if she asked questions he would just tell her that he was busy. Not that she would buy into that, but he still held out hope that she might.
Over the next four or so days Baylor only trained Hunter for two hours per day then he would avoid her the rest of the time. He hoped that she wouldn't catch on, but the chances were that she had already caught onto what he was doing. As soon as Baylor finished that thought, Hunter walked up to him.
"Hey Baylor, what's going on?" she asked looking him dead in the eyes.
"Um, nothing's going on. Why do you ask?" Baylor responded as he looked away.
"Well, you have been avoiding me like the plague for the past few days. And you always want to chill with me. So, what's up?" She asked in all seriousness.
"Oh, Um, Well........Um, I got busy." Baylor started. "I was training, you know, getting better, so that I can train you better."
"Yeah, sure!" Hunter said as she took three steps closer to Baylor. Then in one swift movement she disarmed him of the knife he was holding and then pinned him up against the wall. She looked him dead in the eyes before continuing, "Don't lie to me, Baylor. I know exactly why you were avoiding me. One thing you don't know about me is how well and how far my abilities have developed. Most times if I am in the same room as you, I can hear your thoughts. Creepy, I know, but it is what it is. So I know you like me, I know that it freaked you out that I knew something was up the other day. Fact of the matter is, I know that you were shaking like crazy the other day when you were training me because you are attracted to me. So, I don't ever want you to lie to me again. Do I make myself clear?" She said as she applied more pressure to Baylor's pinned joints
"Uh, yes ma'am. You've made yourself very clear." Baylor said in surprise and discomfort.
"Good, now that we have an understanding, you can have your knife back." Hunter said as she handed Baylor his knife back while unpinning him in the same movement. She then turned and walked off, leaving Baylor alone with his thoughts.
What in the world just happened? How did I let myself get pinned to a wall by a girl, especially that girl? How long has she been able to hear my thoughts? Is she listening to my thoughts right now? All these questions flashed through Baylor's mind when Hunter left. At least now he knew more of what she was capable of doing. His thoughts were interrupted when Chris, a fire elemental, and one of the school's top students, walked up.
"Hey dude, what's up?" Baylor asked him.
"Nothing much just on my way upstairs; Rebecca and I were going to try to do some training. Or should I say she was going to tell me what to do and I was going to do it." Chris grinned at his own comment before continuing, "Oh well, you know how women get, always have to be bossy. But I'll catch you later or Becca is going to work me to death, even though she does that already."
"Yeah, okay later Chris." Baylor said, half laughing.
Rebecca and Chris had been friends for a while, Baylor wasn't sure of how long, or even what exactly their relationship was to each other. Baylor and Rebecca had talked together on several occasions, and she seemed like a nice girl and he was sure that she would be great to hang around. Baylor was also sure that Chris was interested in her, but that wasn't his business, he wasn't interested in Rebecca in that way. His business was Hunter, and how he could get her to fall for him.
He was pretty sure that she liked him but the question was, how much? It was the question that he didn't have the slightest answer for. Baylor glanced down at his watch which read 5:45. Well I guess I'd better call Hunter and tell her to get her ass up to the training arena. He didn't need her to be late. He was going to push her to her limits for the little stunt in the hallway earlier this morning.
He dug his phone out of his pocket and called Hunter. "Yellow?" She said when she finally answered.
"Why do you always say that, Hunter?"
"What 'Yellow'?" She asked, trying to play innocent, although she was doing a horrible job at it.
"Yes, why do you always answer the phone with 'Yellow'?" Baylor continued, keeping his voice neutral.
There was a slight pause before Hunter replied, "Um, well......I really don't know. What do you want Baylor?"
"It's time to train, come on upstairs. Bring your wet suit, boots, and gloves and pull your hair up because I'm going to be pushing you hard today. I know what you are capable of now and I'm going to use that to my benefit." Baylor said with a hint of arrogance.
"Yeah, Ok. I'll be up there in ten." Hunter responded.
Baylor walked up the stairs and entered the arena. He was thinking about what he could do to train her to the point where she would never try to pin him to the wall again. He still couldn't think of anything. So he walked over to where Rebecca and Chris were standing.
"Hey guys, I have a problem and I was wondering if maybe you two could help me with it." Baylor said as he reached them.
"Sure, what's up Baylor?" Rebecca replied.
"Well I have this student that I'm training, and I had a run in with this student this morning and I need to push them hard in training today and I wanted to know what you think I should have them do." He told them.
"Is that your student?" Chris asked as he pointed towards the door. Baylor glanced in that direction just as Hunter walked through the doors.
Damn it. He thought to himself. "Yes, that's her." Baylor said with a frustrated sigh.
"Well what happened at this run in?" Chris asked, his face breaking into a broad grin as he did so, "Did she try to kiss you to death?"
"Chris, come on, don't tease him." Rebecca said, jabbing Chris with her elbow to make her point.
"Oh, he's fine Rebecca," Baylor said as he watched Chris rub his ribs, "but no, Chris, she didn't kiss me. She pinned me up against the wall and told me to never lie to her again and then she asked if she had made herself clear. It really pissed me off I'm not going to lie." He finished just as Hunter walked up and stood beside him.
He didn't have to even look to know it was her. Just her presence there beside him was enough to let him know who it was. God, why did he have to like her so much? He barely knew the woman and he just wanted to be with her all the time. That was it, he was tired of it; he was going to ask her out today while he was training her. He still wanted to talk to Chris and Rebecca some more first though. So he turned to Hunter, "Go do some stretches and then run 2 miles. When you're done meet me back here."
"Ok." She replied and set off to her tasks.
Baylor turned back to Chris and Rebecca, "So, yeah I like her, a lot." He continued awkwardly, "I want to ask her out, but she doesn't trust men. Chris, do you have any advice?"
"Dude, if you want to ask her out, I wouldn't push her hard today; don't really start pushing her hard until she's your girl. After that you can tell her that you are doing it to help her get better. She won't question it." Chris told him.
"She might question it but not as much." Rebecca said, joining in on the advice giving, "One thing to do with women that don't trust men is always ask permission before doing anything. That restores their trust in men. Believe me; I was like that until I met my ex. He knew that I didn't trust men, so he would ask 'can I hold your hand?' or 'Can I kiss you?' or 'Can I put my arm around you?', always making sure I was comfortable before doing anything and because of that it restored my trust in men... mostly. Which is the only reason I agreed to train this big lug when he first got here, although he really tries my patience at times." Rebecca said as she punched Chris in the gut, causing him to double over.
"Thanks guys. I appreciate the advice." Baylor said to them as he turned to walk off.
"No problem, man. Just keep us posted." Chris told him.
"Ok, will do." Baylor said just as Hunter caught up to him. She wasn't even panting, or breathing heavily. He would never figure her out, Hunter was a giant mystery. Even so, Baylor liked a good mystery.
"Ok, Baylor, I'm done with that. What's next?" She asked him as they continued their way across the arena.
"Now you take a break. Take 10 minutes to stretch your legs, get some water and sit for a little bit." Baylor said.
"Okay." Hunter said with a hint of hesitation before walking off again. Baylor was still in his own thoughts when Chris walked up behind him.
"Dude, remember, she's the one who had you pinned to the wall, she's pretty tough." Chris reminded him as they both watched Hunter find a place to sit down for a minute.
"Yeah, I know, she's tough. Apparently when she was fourteen or so, a tree fell on her and knocked her out cold, but yet she's still alive. She's a survivor if I ever met one." He told Chris as he watched her. She was so beautiful he just didn't understand why she was so distant. He wanted to be the one that she let past her walls and get to know the real Hunter.
"Well, I'll let you and Rebecca get back to training, I'm going to train Hunter." He said to Chris with a nod.
"Hunter?" Chris repeated, nodding as he took one last glance in her direction, "That's a pretty name for a girl like her." Chris said.
"Yeah, I know." Baylor responded as he walked off to go get started with Hunter.