Of all the classes each core would attend over the next year, Keo’s core began with Creature Empathy, and he couldn’t have been happier. Creature identification and differentiation, creature health and food preferences would all come later in the year. Right then, by learning more about how the special empathetic bond occurs and develops between a creature and its handler, he hoped he would better understand why he was so different than all the other trainees and had come upon his empathic skills at such a young age.
The core virtually buzzed with excitement on the first morning of the specialized training. A whole week of nothing but military drill and physical exercise had become tedious at best. The trainees whispered among themselves as they waited for their instructor. Keo knew Lt. Gorley would be apoplectic if he heard the slightest noise from them inside a classroom but allowing the others to vent some of their energy seemed like it was worth the risk.
Animal stalls surrounded the wooden class building with the only windows opening directly into the pens. The wind passing through filled the room with the rich musk of living creatures. While some of the students complained and pinched their noses, Keo felt pleasantly nostalgic for his faraway home with its barns and fields.Read More