Trenton’s eyes weld with tears before he leaped at his friend with a squeal of glee, but he curved his excitement at the last moment as he remembered Zane’s injuries, and instead chose to pat him on the back. “Thank you! Thank you! This is the best news ever!” Trenton said with glee and a happy tap dance. “I promise I won’t let you down. I’ll train really hard and do everything you say. I’ll eat all my vegetables and-“
He stopped speaking to beam at Zane as his chest filled with excitement. People held good expectations of him, whether or not it was warranted was beside the point, and Zane had his back even though he was the reason Zane got injured.
Most of all, he couldn’t believe his risky move paid off. Now he would train with Zane and be accepted as one of the mercenaries. All he needed was a little practice and guidance. He was sure he’d have magical combat down in no time.
He quickly stepped back and nodded. “Well, your story certainly explains my Mom’s reaction. Don’t worry, whatever you say happened, happened.” He beamed down at his friend before frowning, “Although, can we start training after I get my punishment…? My mom never said when I’d get it, but I imagine training after a flogging wouldn’t be comfortable.” Before Zane could answer, Trenton’s brain jumped to another subject. “I’m going to make you your favorite dish tonight to celebrate! You really are an awesome friend- and some dessert! Maybe two desserts!”
He quickly turned on his heels. “I’ll see you soon. I promise you won’t regret it!”