Avery had been at her self-defense studio for the better part of the day since she didn’t have much to write about for the paper currently. Lena was surely getting annoyed with her under performance and they’d already had that conversation once so far. Avery loved her job and she didn’t want to lose it but for the moment she just needed to unwind and think about a different kind of work.

The locker rooms were clean and a few of the instructors had already shown up and had a class or two. Avery had intended to take part in a class just to limber herself up and get a good work out in to keep her mind occupied. Instead she’d ended up cleaning, going through billing which had a lot of the same affect just without allowing her violent urges out. Not that Avery was necessarily violent but she did believe in keeping your body and mind strong and building muscle memory was part of that process.

Muscle memory was really the only thing you always remember, even if you were to forget everything else tomorrow your body would usually remember how to walk and eat. Even things you didn’t necessarily know you remembered how to do, your body was conditioned to remember motions it did often which helped in fight or flight mode. That was why each instructional self-defense class was weeks long with the same instructor, it was a lot of repetition so that if you were placed in a position where you might not be able to think straight, your body would think and act for you.

Avery trained everyday because she remembered what had happened to her previous boss, what had happened to her and that the only correlation was Evermore City. From the moment she had gotten here she had been digging into the city and she had found that was most people saw was merely a face the city wore, there was so much else beneath the surface. It was almost like a whole other city underneath but not everyone saw it, Avery wasn’t even supposed to see it. Every column or article she had written which even hinted at the truth of the city was quickly buried. Lena telling her not to write things she couldn’t prove and Avery knew exactly what that meant. Things were only buried if you were getting too close to something and Avery knew that she was.

After all one of her instructors was a lycanthrope and she had only found that out on accident and his advice to her was to be careful and not to dig too deep since if someone killed her boss and stole his files it was for a reason. If someone was willing to go to those lengths it was best for her stay on the down low and keep anything she found to herself. She knew he was trying to protect her and she was grateful for that. The signal bell above the door pulled her attention from her thoughts, it was either someone here for a class or wanting to sign up for one.

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New year, new you was always the top of everyone's list of New Year’s resolutions. Most people made their list before the it came around whilst some decide a few days after. January is the start of the year. Where people have all the time to make a change so it can last for most of the year. To make a difference. For some people it would be to give up smoking, drinking, eating healthier, to make better decisions and many more. Sierra decided that this year so would take some time out of her day to do some exercise. The initia had always been skinny, even from a young age. Having struggled in past years with eating habits and dealing with her parents and now brother’s death. Sierra wanted to focus now on building her strength up and muscles. So they she wouldn’t be just skin and bones. She would get out of breath from running up 5 flights of stairs or for a certain amount of time.  Sierra may be late to the starting it but it’s never too late to do something good.

It wasn’t just getting fitter and building her strength up that Sierra wanted to focus on. She wanted to learn some self-defense too. Even though she had her Magister powers on her side and to rely on. Knowing some self-defense techniques would come in handy. If she wanted to protect herself and others without spilling the secret of the supernatural. Sierra had spent the last few days looking up self defense classes and which ones were the best ones. Since she wanted to learn from someone who knew their stuff. She’d found a self-defense studios in the city center not so far from her apartment. In walking distance. Unsure whether she could get a lesson today since she hadn’t signed up yet she put some gym clothes in her bag. Just in case. 

Sierra left her apartment and was on her way to the self defense studio. Maybe training would help to cleanse her mind push away all her past thoughts and troubles. She soon arrived at the studio first looking at the sign above the door to be sure she was in the right place. Seeing she was at the right place, the blonde pushed open the door. The bell ringing as she walked in signalling to people working inside that someone had walked in. Sierra looked to see that there was a woman with dark hair was at the front desk, just looking up seeing her walk in. Sierra walked up to the desk speaking before she could. “Hey, I was wondering if I could sign up for some self-defense classes” She asked polititle with a friendly smile on her face. With hope that they had someone spots still free since she knew places like these were always busy at the start of the New Year.

Avery was used to the fact that every January and February the number of members enrolled increased drastically, at least for a short time period. The New Year’s resolution of many was to get into shape, start working out more, eat better, learn to protect themselves and Avery cashed in on. Most would give up after the first month realize it wasn’t as easy to follow through as it was to make the plan in the first place. To Avery, following through on things was easy since she always had regardless of morals and the likes. Morals….that was laughable but she wasn’t going to think too hard on that currently.

Focusing on the young blonde before her, the human easily hid her surprise since she knew who the young woman was. Jordan had been trying to get Avery up to speed on the important players in the city and Sierra Reigns was one of them for sure. Some were afraid to come to the self defense studio because of Avery’s occupation but that was why she had signed a nondisclosure agreement upon opening the studio. Never would she write about anything she learned while in the studio, it was a safe place so to speak.

“Of course, you can.” The brunette moved around the front desk and offered her hand. “I’m Avery Kershaw, this is my establishment.” Most weren’t used to Avery being polite but when it came to her business she knew how to behave. Jordan always seemed to be proud of how she handled herself while in these walls. “What sort of self-defense were you thinking? We offered a wide verity of different styles. With your size I would suggest Brazilian jiu jitsu or Krav-Maga.” The brunette suggested trying to be helpful since she wasn’t sure exactly what the other woman might be looking for.

Sierra knew that places like these were used to seeing plenty of people coming through these doors in the past few weeks. All with the same pan, new years resolution or ambition. Many would give up within a few days, weeks or months. Sierra knew she wanted to do it for some months not to give up early on like some people do. Wanting to make it a regular thing, to take lessons a couple times a week. To learn and train until she knew what she was doing and felt confident not to need anyones help or guidance each week. Until then she needed help and this was what she was here for.  Sierra looked to the woman behind the desk, examining her almost. With her line of work Sierra is able to read people more easily. The ambassadors were known to the supernaturals within the city and to a few humans but to the rest of the humans they were unknown. Eternal city is one of the few cities were supernatural like, having their own leaders and council. Sierra could see too the brunette was trying to read her too. Probably seeing many faces like hers in her line of work. Sierra thought she seemed to be not the receptionist but someone higher up.

She waited to hear if she had any spots openings for newcomers. “Great” She grinned showing that she was enthusiastic to start lessons. She watched as the brunette moved from the desk to greet her to introduce herself to her. “I’m Sierra Reigns” she introduced herself with a friendly smile. “I thought you were more high up” A figure head so to say but it was good to see the owner of places to be out in front to greet and help people. “I’m not too sure about which time, this is all new to me” She answered truthfully not knowing what the differences were in self-defense techniques and classes. Both Brazilian jiu jitsu and Krav-Maga were gibberish to her. “Which one would be the best one for me to take?” She queried already knowing that Avery knew her stuff, she would do since she owns and runs the place. Sierra wanted to take the best class which was good for her build, since she was quite slim and thin not having much muscle yet. It was something she wanted to build up.

Avery couldn’t help but glance over her shoulder wondering where Michelle was since the other woman was supposed to be working registration. Given that she didn’t see the auburn haired woman anywhere nearby Avery took control. That wasn’t unusual for her but she hated to just come in and take over someone else’s job even if she did own the place. The brunette human might not have a lot of friends but she did her best to respect everyone who worked for her and not step on their toes from a management standpoint. It had been kind of intense when it came to registration the past month so she would hopefully be able to make the Initia Ambassador comfortable enough to want to stick around, that of course reminded Avery this was not the sort of position her abrasive personality should be in.

Taking a somewhat deep breath she gave the young blonde a genuine smile since she seemed happy with the opportunity to train and learn here. That filled Avery with an odd sense of pride but she was happy to have any new clients. “It’s nice to meet you Miss Reigns. I’ve seen a lot of new faces recently but I have this feeling you’ll stick around. Which is good since after the first month the prices on classes decrease and you can sign up for a membership if you want. I know it seems strange not to let people sign up for memberships right away but when you can tell they’ll maybe only be here for a handful of classes it just seems like stealing.” Avery actively tried to slow herself down, she wasn’t necessarily talking fast at the moment but she was talking a lot.

“It’s alright a lot of people aren’t really sure how to answer that question since they haven’t thought much on it before. So lets try it this way, you tell me where you think your physical strong points are and we can work around that. One way or another, a few months here and you should be pretty well rounded in strength.” Avery stated since no one form of martial arts or self-defense focused on only one part of the body, it strengthened them all. It also helped to strengthen your mind since sticking to an intense work out and learning regiment required a strong mental constitution which was always becoming stronger.  

Sierra was all new to all of this not knowing how everything worked. She could already tell that it wasn’t so simple as she thought it was. Before thinking it was just a self-defense practising where there was just one class taught. Now looking into and finding more out she could tell that there was more to it with there being various different classes and techniques of self defense classes. Each one suited to each group of people whether their like her a beginner, slim with not much muscle built up yet or the opposite more experienced and athletically built. Sierra have always been the one whose wanted to go out and try new things and to find more about them as well. Looking to Avery she could sense that she was genuine and happy for her signing up. Seeing that she took pride in everything she have built up in starting up and running this place. “Thanks, I hope that these classes will be my thing” She smiled back to her not speaking to soon as it was already too early to say that she loves it. As her parents used to say ‘You never know till you try’ to give anything a go first before making a opinion on anything.

She listened in as Avery told her that the prices have decreased already for this month but money wasn’t a problem for her. Having always had a good cash flow to keep her able to spend her money of what she liked. Whether it be on things she didn’t need like another handbag, shoes or for things like this classes and memberships. “I think I’ll sign up for one of those memberships” Making up her mind already going on board with a membership to start off with. A lot of people took advantage of the deals places like this make to price slashes to entice people in. Whilst for some people they only just want to have the freebie things than bail when it comes to paying in full. Being a cheapskate. Sierra wasn’t one of them, she didn’t like to take advantage of all the deals. She started to thing of what her physical strong points were after Avery had asked her. Having not thought around it much. “I haven’t really worked out since back in school when taking PE lessons” She’d always been the one who looked liked they worked out a lot because they was so slim. Truth be told, she’s always been slim, always watching what she ate and don’t eat. She needed to build up her fitness level and strength. “That's the aim” She answered agreeing to Avery telling her that a couple months time she would be well rounded in strength. “I promise I won’t let you down” she reassured truthfully, she wasn't the one to start something and give up so quickly. To give everything long enough chance to see if it was right for her. This was something she wanted for her body and her mind too. “So where do I sign?” She asked grinning a little eager to sign the consent forms then she can get all set up and started.

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