Short Story: It Started as a Little Bud
It started as a little bud.
Shadow had just returned after single-handedly saving the city from a colony of monsters. He wasn’t the only one to develop a crush that day, but as he watched the Fighter, he thought his feelings were more admiration than love.
Then one day, he was caught too close to the wall when a monster unexpectedly broke through. Caught in its claws, he thought he was dead, but a blur of purple killed the monster first and he lived.
The bud blossomed into a flower.
He wasn’t born with super strength of special powers, but Shadow was a Fighter, and becoming a Fighter himself was his best shot at getting close to her. He found someone willing to train him, giving the excuse that he wanted to become stronger so he could protect everyone.
What followed was two years of gruelling training before he broke down and finally told his teacher the real reason behind his decision to become a Fighter. By then, the flower was a monstrous thing that wrapped all around him.
“That’s a stupid reason, but it’s still better than that sorry excuse you gave me last time,” his teacher said.
Three months later, he was accepted into the Fighter program.
“This is only the beginning,” his teacher warned.
But it was still one step closer to Shadow, and he would take all the steps he needed to finally meet her.
Check out the related story Morning Training.
The monster attack is also mentioned in From Magic to Monsters.