Lightning stopped mid-stride and turned. Fang had been needling her ever since Team LFSC had been put together. Snow and Caius were bad enough, but they had the decency to keep the insults to a minimum. Fang? Not a chance.
“Yes, Fang. That’s exactly what I’ll do.”
“Really?” Fang’s smirk only widened. “Now… I’ve heard you have some kind of powerful Semblance, but you haven’t shown us a damn thing when we spar. How about it, Lightning? Why don’t you show me what you’re made of?”
Lightning’s fists clenched. “Fine.”
There was a flash of light and then Fang was flying backward. She crashed into the ground more than thirty feet away and skidded to a stop against a tree.
“That was me holding back,” Lightning said, her voice oddly flat. If Fang squinted, she could almost make out the outlines of crystalline armour around Lightning. “If I hadn’t you’d be dead.”
Fang threw her head back and laughed. “Dead? I’ve yet to meet someone who could kill me.” Her voice deepened and took on an animalistic edge. “Bring it on, Lightning, and don’t you dare hold back!”
And then Fang was gone as a cloud of heat and destructive force rippled outward. When it cleared, a monster stood in Fang’s place.
“So…” Lightning’s eyes narrowed. “That is your Semblance.” She blurred forward again. “I -” This time her eyes widened. Fang had caught her punch. Lightning immediately broke free, putting distance between them. Something that could almost have been a smile crossed her lips as she summoned a glowing sword. “Strange… your Semblance feels familiar.” She paused, readying herself for battle. “Something about it makes me want to go all out.”
Fang didn’t reply in words. Instead, she roared and shot toward Lightning faster than a bullet.
X X X
“You know,” Snow said to Caius. “I thought I was weird. I mean… I summon a giant blue thing for my Semblance. And, hey, you can sort of enslave the dead or something. I’m still not entirely sure how that works.”
Caius snorted and batted a chunk of rock out of the air before it could hit him. “Yes, and then we meet our two other teammates. One of them transforms into a monster that can, apparently, regenerate from pretty much anything instantaneously while shooting beams of energy and exuding what appears to be some kind of highly corrosive acid.”
“Yeah, and the other one transforms into some kind of… magical girl who can somehow beat the crap out of the monster.”
“I wouldn’t say that if I were you,” Caius drawled. “If Lightning hears you call her a magical girl… well, there will be consequences.”
“Crap,” Snow muttered. “You’re right.” He summoned his Semblance to smash a tree that Fang had thrown at Lightning only for the pink-haired woman to somehow evade it without even breaking her stride. “Do you ever wonder what it would be like if we were on a normal team?”
“I don’t think any of the teams at this academy are normal.”