By Key Spirits
A young thief applicant asks for training to an ex scammer.
"I heard they recently freed you, what did you do?" Key Spirits gave a quick glance at the girl in front of his door, who looked like anything but a criminal, and he couldn't explain how someone so young and pretty could end up in prison.
"The man I wanted to steal from saw me when I reached into his pocket to take his wallet." The young woman said, with some embarrassment.
Emube was an aspiring thief, but her greatest disadvantage was always the speed, either to escape from a robbery, or to commit one, like the one that had failed this time and earned her a few days behind bars.
"I heard stories about your thefts, you're pretty popular, Key." And he knew exactly what that comment was about, to which he replied that he was not interested in training someone who did not have a natural talent in the art of taking what does not belong to one. Or at least, until she showed him a good-sized gold bag.
Key took the gold and counted it, looked her in the eyes and told her to follow him.
After an hour of long walk through the forest, a clearing opened in front of them. It was a place that he had known for several years, that at another time, it witnessed many battles, now it was a beautiful meadow that strangely, wasn't very known.
"From this rock to that tree, there are 100 meters." said Key Spirits as he pointed to the vast field in front of them. "How fast can you travel that distance?"
Emube looked at the distant tree a few moments before answering. "I think in 15 seconds."
"Show me." Key slid his hand into his pocket and pulled out a small timer, positioned himself next to the tree and Emube, on the other side, was in a running position.
"Now!" As soon as the timer started its count, Emube took off from the ground and started running towards the tree as fast as she could, pushing past her limits.
She didn't stop after reaching the tree, instead, she kept running a few extra meters while trying to brake.
"8.5 seconds, not bad." Key Spirits said, making a quick grimace to show that he wasn't being sarcastic. "You have a very good speed, I congratulate you, but to be a perfect thief, you must overcome the human speed barrier, and that is something very difficult to do."
Emube turned to Key, still trying to catch her breath. "That's possible...?"
"Let me show you, here." Key gave her the timer and walked to the large rock that had been fixed as a starting point, then he put himself in position.
As soon as she pressed the button, a large cloud of dust rose from where Key stood. She did not see him pass by her, she just felt a strong current of wind pushing her to one side. When she turned around, she watched stunned as the thief was standing by the tree, arms outstretched, as if he had stopped in mid-run.
"What time did I do?"
"... 0.5 seconds" Emube said, seeing the timer with stupor.
The days following that, Emube received a hard workout that consisted of wearing an uncomfortable leather garment stuffed at the seams with lead balls, weighed 20 kilos and it was very hot, especially at the time of the year they were in.
"You're going to run every day in this same place, until you do the 100 meters in a third of the time it took you the first time."
Emube complained at first, but in the end agreed to use heavy clothes not only to run, but to wear it all the time and perform any task using it, until she got used to it. So 2 months passed, and Key increased the weight to 40 kilos, but she assimilated it without too much difficulty, and clearing the 100 meters in less and less time.
One day, after 8 months of training, she was able to take off her heavy clothes, the time had come to put her progress into practice.
"I haven't felt the body so light for a long time." Joked Emube while both went to the field she used to run.
Key was placed as usual next to the tree, prepared to take her time and gave the signal while the girl was put in running position. "Ready? Now!"
But Emube did not start running. She just got back in her feet and, with a smile, she said to her teacher; "I don't need to run, I'm ready." While showing him at a distance a black garment that Key quickly recognized. Because when he looked down, he realized that she had taken off his pants.
"Now ..." Key said. "That's speed."