"The box."

"Good! I want you to grab the air surrounding the box. It's just like pushing the air like you did last week, but this time pull."

I do as I'm told, and I feel a tugging sensation in my gut. Suddenly, a box is in my hands. I gasp and open my eyes.

"Good job, Elaine!" Madam Mistaké says.

"Wow, I did it!" I mutter. She chuckles. "Open the box."

I examine the wooden box one last time and pull the top off it.

Inside was a folded, gray uniform. It had gold armor as well.

"It's just like theirs," I mutter.

"Yes, and it is yours," Madam Mistaké says.

"I-I'm a ninja?" I say in astonishment.

"Not quite. But you are on the path to be."

"Wow," I murmur. She chuckles.

"Go catch up with your friends," she says.


"Yes. Go, before I change my mind!"

"Thank you!" I say and bow politely.

I grab my wallet and head for the door.

"I expect you early tomorrow to train!" She says sternly.

"Yes, Madam!"

"Why'd she let you out early?" Cole asks once we've all sat down.

"She said I've worked hard today and deserve a break with my friends. But I'm not nearly finished yet," I say.

"Well I'm glad you're here now," Nya says.

"Me too. You guys are ten times more fun than my job," I say.

"Why don't you just quit?" Kai says.

"Yeah, you said you don't get any customers anyway," Zane says.

"I couldn't do that to her. Besides, she's like the mother I've never had in a weird way," I say.

They all look at me blankly.

"Oh sorry," I say, red with embarrassment.

They all look at me, not really knowing what to say.

"Pass the soy sauce?" I ask Kai.

"Uh, yeah. Here," he says. He goes to hand it to me but it falls out of his hand. I catch the bottle before it hits the table, surprising everyone.

"What?" I say, grinning. Cole chuckles and shakes his head, taking the soy sauce from me when I'm done.

"Okay, okay. What about this?" Jay says, filling his cheeks with air and pulling his ears.

"Uh, confused bird?" Kai guesses.

"Ooh! Monkey!" Cole shouts. Jay nods and Cole pumps his fist in the air as Kai glares at him.

"Are you still staying at that hotel, El?" Nya asks me, ignoring the three boys.

"Yeah, but probably not for long," I say.

"Why's that?" Zane asks.

"Well, it's sorta expensive, paying nightly. I think I'm just gonna sleep at the tea shop. I don't mind," I say with a shrug.

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