Set ~50 years after Addergoole: the Original Series, after the “Retirement” stories.
To her credit, his owner hadn’t said “make yourself useful.”
To his frustration, when she’d said “I want to make use of you,” it hadn’t been anything like what he’d had in mind.
Rozen looked at the class – all girls, all in their teens – and then back at Kailani. “Please tell me you’re kidding.”
“You’re close enough to full strength now.” She had her analytical voice on. She was, however, also smiling. “I’m sure you can handle teaching self-defense.”
“Self-defense. Right.” He looked at the girls. They looked back at him, as uncertain as he felt. “All right. I’ve got this,” he told Kai. “I won’t hurt ’em. You can… go do whatever you do. Dean.”
She hesitated. He saw the moment where she questioned her decision to leave him alone with teenage girls. He wanted to be offended – but he didn’t want her to get into the habit of thinking he was harmless, either.
Rozen turned his back on his owner and studied the girls. “All right. We’re going to start with you showing me what you’ve got. Don’t hold back. I’m hard to hurt.”
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