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Chapter One Hundred Thirty-Six: ‘Thy renewed vigor...’
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‘Make something else,’ said Garovel.
‘Oh, uh...’ Hector blinked, trying to think. He waved his right hand, aiming to make the first thing that popped into his head. A metal bench, shaped like the rockier one he was currently sitting on.
And indeed, a bench appeared. But it was not the same as his shield. Granted, the lighting was a bit low in this place, but Hector was sure that he was looking at iron this time. Slightly lighter and grayer and plainer. And familiar, too, in that strange way. It was almost like he didn’t even need to look at it in order to know that it was iron.
‘Hmm,’ mused Garovel.
Hector was confused, to say the least. He annihilated the bench and tried again with something else. This time, he made a big cube, as tall as a person. It, too, was iron, Hector knew. He destroyed it and tried again, but the result was the same.
‘Wait,’ said Garovel before Hector could give it another go. ‘Try destroying the shield first this time.’
Hector did so, but it didn’t change anything. He kept getting iron.
‘Keep trying,’ said Garovel.
Iron, iron, and more iron. And then the heater shield again. And then more iron. And then the shield.
Hector was at a loss. What the hell had happened to his power? It was like he could only control it some of the time.
‘It’s your hands,’ Garovel observed.
‘Well. Technically, it’s probably NOT your hands, really. It’s probably an unconscious thing, utilizing the different sides of your brain. But the point is, when you use your right hand, you make iron, and when you use your left hand, you make the metal of Haqq’s shield.’