GREEN (9.2.2014) 4.
Ben opens his eyes and says, "Okay."
All the children jump up, wooden sticks in their hands, andBen teaches them what looks like commando knife-fighting.
This is not a suburban mall karate class.
Bo slashes at Ben with his stick. In one swift movement, Ben
deflects with his forearm and hip-throws Bo. Bo hits theground hard, Ben's stick already pressing into Bo's throat. Akill strike, shocking in its sudden violence.
The others watch, taking all of this utterly seriously, thenbreak into pairs and practice the move.
Rellian glares at his father, but makes no move to join.
Ben watches Kielyr and Vespyr. They're attacking anddefending like it's a choreographed dance.