As Ivy, Victoria, and Eloise continued to observe, their gazes flitted between Edward's agile movements and the guards' valiant attempts to land a blow. With each successful evasion and counterattack, Edward left the guards dumbfounded and inspired a mixture of awe and bewilderment among the onlookers.The guards, fueled by a newfound determination, pressed on, their strikes becoming more desperate yet increasingly precise. Edward met each attack head-on, his reflexes and instincts guiding his every move. His body seemed to flow seamlessly, his strikes landing with pinpoint accuracy and his defenses impenetrable.As the battle reached its crescendo, Edward's movements became more fluid, his strikes delivered with increasing speed and precision. The guards, though exhausted and disheartened by their inability to land a significant blow, continued their attacks.But suddenly, Edward executed a breathtaking series of acrobatic maneuvers, evading a barrage of attacks with unmatched grace.
The room fell into an eerie silence. The weight of Edward's command sinking into the consciousness of everyone present. Guards exchanged incredulous glances, their eyes widening as they grappled with the enormity of the situation. Never before had they been faced with such an unprecedented order from a member of the Windsor family.Ivy, Eloise, and Victoria stood frozen in disbelief, their expressions a mixture of shock, worry, and anger. Eloise, known for her straightforward nature, was the first to regain her composure. Her eyes blazed with fury as she directed her gaze towards Edward."Edward Windsor!" she exclaimed, her voice laced with indignation. "Have you lost your mind? This is madness! You cannot expect them to attack you all at once. It's reckless and dangerous!"Ivy, usually a bundle of joy and innocence, stood beside her mother, her face pale with concern. "Please, Edward," she pleaded softly, her voice trembling. Please reconsider. You don't have to prove anything to an
Jake nodded silently, recalling his role in this sparring session. He understood that his main objective was to focus on defense, showcasing his expertise in Judo. Although he underestimated Edward's strength, Jake knew he had to perform at his best, for he was being observed by the esteemed Windsor family.With the crowd's anticipation mounting, the sparing match began. Jake assumed a sturdy defensive stance, his legs spread wide in a traditional Judo posture. He braced himself for Edward's attack, his years of training honing his reflexes and defensive instincts.Meanwhile, Edward observed Jake's defensive stance and deduced that Jake wanted to test his striking power. Without hesitation, Edward unleashed a powerful punch aimed directly at Jake's chest, channeling every ounce of strength he possessed.Jake reacted swiftly, crossing his arms in front of him to form a solid barrier, intending to block Edward's punch. He anticipated the impact and prepared himself to absorb the force.
Edward nodded, his determination shining through his eyes. "I'm as ready as I'll ever be."Victoria's smile widened, pleased with Edward's response. She turned to face the group of individuals behind her, gesturing for Edward to join them. As they approached, Victoria began introducing each of them in turn."Edward, I'd like you to meet the six members of our platinum-level guard," Victoria said, her voice filled with pride. "These are the elite protectors of our family."Edward's gaze shifted to the three men standing on the right side. They stood tall, exuding an air of strength and discipline. Each had a chiseled physique and a focused gaze, instilling a sense of confidence in those they protected."They are your grandfather's trusted protectors," Victoria then pointed to the first man. "This is Will. He's been with our family for over a decade and is an expert in hand-to-hand combat. He's also a skilled strategist, always thinking several steps ahead."Next, Victoria introduced th
Relief and gratitude washed over Edward. He had expected no less from his grandfather—an emphasis on caution and careful planning. Xavier's willingness to consider the request under controlled circumstances meant that his proposition had been taken seriously.Edward expressed his gratitude with a deep bow, his voice filled with genuine appreciation. "Thank you, grandpa."Xavier's stern expression softened as he observed Edward's earnestness. "But remember that this is not a contest of dominance. It is an opportunity for growth and learning. Treat it as such, and you shall reap the benefits."Edward nodded, his determination solidifying. He understood the weight of his grandfather's words and the significance of the upcoming sparring session."Prepare yourself," Xavier continued, "In one hour's time, we'll have a sparring session in the underground training room behind Windsor Manor. Be ready."With their discussion concluded, Xavier motioned for Edward to take his leave. Edward bowed
Edward's curiosity got the best of him, and he couldn't resist the urge to check his current status. With a swift gesture, he brought up the System screen, eager to assess his capabilities and potential for growth.The holographic interface materialized before him, displaying his personal information in a series of floating panels. Edward's eyes focused intently on the data, absorbing the details.[User: Edward Windsor][Strength: 25/100][Intelligence: 40/100][Mentality: 35/100][Domination Points: 0][Special Skills: Healing Touch]Edward's gaze lingered on each attribute, contemplating their significance. His strength score left much to be desired, only reaching a mere 25 out of 100. It was a stark reminder of his physical limitations, indicating a need for improvement if he were to face formidable opponents like the platinum-level guards.His intelligence score stood at 40, displaying a relatively higher level of mental acuity. It offered some solace, reminding Edward that he pos
Edward's eyes widened in astonishment, his breath catching in his throat. The weight of Xavier's words settled upon his shoulders, his mind struggling to comprehend the magnitude of what had just been bestowed upon him. It was an honor beyond his wildest dreams, and yet it also carried a tremendous responsibility.Eloise, too, was taken aback by her father's proclamation. She exchanged a bewildered glance with Victoria, their shared astonishment mirrored in their eyes. The idea of Edward assuming such a significant role within the family hierarchy had indeed crossed their minds, but not this quickly, not this easily. And now, they understood that they were about to witness a major change in their family dynamic.Victoria, the astute strategist, remained composed, although her mind buzzed with thoughts and calculations. She recognized the significance of Xavier's endorsement and understood the implications it held for their future endeavors. As the weight of responsibility settled upon
Xavier's brows furrowed, his sharp gaze fixed on Edward, attempting to unravel the mystery behind his words. Eloise's heart raced, her mind racing through the list of potential enemies and threats that could warrant such a drastic course of action. Victoria, with her keen intellect, analyzed every word and gesture, piecing together the puzzle before them. The silence in the room was heavy, as the Windsor family members exchanged glances filled with a mix of shock, concern, and curiosity. Eloise's voice trembled as he sought clarification, her mind racing to assess the situation. "Edward, be precise. Whom do you intend to... take care of?"Edward took a deep breath, his eyes fixed on Xavier, knowing the weight his words carried. "The person I'm referring to is Stevan Petrovich."Gasps of disbelief echoed through the room as Xavier, Eloise, and Victoria absorbed the shocking revelation. The name that had haunted their thoughts and conversations, Stevan Petrovich, now hung in the air, c