After History class was math. The teacher introduced himself as Bradley and asked for all of our names for a role call. He did not ask any of us personal questions as our history teacher had, but I was fine with that.
He introduced addition and subtraction. Because of the rigorous math course provided by my parents, it was incredibly easy. We had a little quiz at the end of class which I finished in less than a minute.
Some of the other students groaned and I pitied them, for I understood the horrors of math.
After math class, we were herded to PE like so many heads of cattle. We were led to the gym where a man that was incredibly fit waited for us all.
As soon as our teacher saw us he smiled and then screamed at us.
”Hello all you useless maggots. Come over here and line up in front of me! ”
The people who had guided us to the room had disappeared without a trace, but I did not mind, for I was looking forward to the training.
We all hurried over to him and he talked in a deep calm voice.
”Welcome to PE class where you will be forged into a child with an unbreakable will. My name is Bruce and I will be ensuring that you get stronger. ”
The same group that was with me in my history class were also in my math class and had then been herded with me to PE.
”Now that you know my name, you can beg for an easier workout set, but I want to know all your names so I can yell at you and deny you any semblance of a rest. ”
He smiled maniacally and I smiled back at him, he seemed to be a very competent teacher. We all told him our names and he wrote them down on a piece of paper.
”Everyone! Get down on the ground and give me as many pushups as you can possibly do. If I deem that you are not putting enough effort in then you won be able to play dodgeball at the end of class and I will ensure that you get an F in the class. ”
I did not know what an F was or dodgeball for that matter, but it did not matter I did not have to be bribed to work my hardest. I hit the floor and started pumping out pushups. I decided on doing one hundred. One hundred pushups later, I picked myself off the ground. My body was still weak because I was young, but I would eventually be able to do push ups all day long as I had in my past life.
As I looked around me, everyone was staring at me aghast. I shrugged at them and put my arms over my head. It was their fault that they were weak and certainly not my problem.
”Hey, Leon, right? ”
”Yeah Bruce, but you can call me Leonidas. ”
”Thats a fitting nickname. Ill be watching your career with interest. ”
”Thanks, I guess. ”
”Hey kids, what are you looking at, it is time to do some sit ups. Same deal, so do as many as you can. ”
I hit the ground and started them straight away. By the time I stopped I had done one hundred of them. As I stood up, everyone was looking at me again. Jackson, the spitball perpetrator, had perhaps realized he had screwed up big time at this point.
”Okay, I will say at this time each of you are doing ok, but training will get harder, so I want to see continuous improvement. ”
His words fired me up. I would certainly amp up my workouts at home.
”It is now time for dodgeball, so I will explain how I plan for the game to run. There are ten of you, but there I will make there be an uneven number of people on your teams. Leonidas team will only have four members while the opposing team will have six. Whoever wins the first game will face me on the opposing team the next round.
Regardless, here are the rules. There will be twenty softballs at the center of the court. Each team will stand behind the white lines until I yell. At that time, you can run to the center of the court and roll the balls back to your side. Your team must stay on your side. When a person hits a player anywhere save for the face and the ball falls to the ground, then the hit player is eliminated from the match. If the player catches the persons thrown ball then the person is eliminated. If a player is hit in the face then they are not eliminated and the person who threw the ball has to run back to the white line and do ten pushups. If the offender does the ten pushups then he is not eliminated. He can not be eliminated while he is doing the push ups. You can deflect thrown balls with a ball in your hand, but if it touches part of your hand and the ball then you are out. ”
No one really had any questions because Bruce had explained the rules really well.
”Alright, who wants to be the other team leader? ”
Jackson quickly raised his hand before anyone else.
”Okay, Leonidas, I will give you the first pick for your teammates since you have less manpower. ”
”Don worry, thats how I like it sir. The more outnumbered a person is, the more glorious the victory. ”
”I like it, ” He laughed.
My first pick was Gavin who had said he wanted to become a marine. Jackson picked Bill. For my second choice, I picked Matthew who had wanted to become a pilot. For his second choice, Jackson picked William. For my last choice, I picked Gloria.
That left him with Mia, Sarah, and Andrew. I believed that Mia and Andrew would not be much of a help to Jacksons team.
With that, our teams were set and we were ready to rumble.
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