With the testing getting ready to start, Ethia stood not too far from the muscular man Pierce. She made sure to be near so he didn't try to run once he found out the price he would be paying.
But she wasn't such a small person. Just a small bet with common trash held no excitement. No, she needed something more significant and more prominent to enjoy the experience truly. With that in mind, she went to draw everyone's attention.
"Yoo-hoo! Does anyone want to make this more interesting? How about a bet between us owners using evolution stones? If you have only items or gold, you don't need to embarrass yourself. Only evolution stones are good enough." Her beauty was on full display.
If there was a comparison to the other females that were in town, not just the town, even in Smelting City, none could claim to be more beautiful. Sadly, most citizens were not specks, meaning, her looks would not measure as an attractive lady.
What made male citizens go wild with lust or want was a female's scent. As long as the woman had an intoxicating aroma to take in, she would be considered irresistible in their eyes.
The muscular man Pierce could be regarded as an oddity and having a strange taste in their race. What he happened to prefer was looks like the speck race. And given how most of them resembled specks in some way, did he have a taste for specks too?
With Ethia showing her unique 'hotness,' some of the women in the viewing section gained smiles, snares, and amusement looks.
Who did she think she was? Did she not realize the inferiority of her feminine charms? Just a duck, acting and claiming to be a swan. Her 'beauty' was only average at best if that.
There was no change in Ethia's attitude. She could easily tell the thoughts of the female citizens that were shown through their expressions. She had no reason to try and compete with people at that level. It wasn't like she always preferred bullying others.
"Oh! The young miss seems confident about the results. Let this old bones take you up on your offer. How much would you say?" The one to speak was a middle-aged man that carried himself like an old general that retired from the war.
"Lovely lady how about letting me act as the banker? I'm known to have a reliable reputation, and yourself is still unknown to us common folks." Here, a young man stated his evaluation.
"No need. If your not making bets, scram for this young lady! This is my last warning to you." Ethia's evilness was revealed, she didn't give the man any face.
"Trump, what you say is true. We all know your deceitful behavior. How can we let you be the banker?" Another spoke up.
Annoyed, Ethia decided to remind them who was in charge. "I won't repeat myself again. There are two rules for the betting. One, nobody has the right to bet on my speck, only against. Two, the wagers are to be no less than a hundred one-star evolution stones. Don't have enough? You better leave my sight."
"Don't be like that lovely lady, none of us lack evolution stones, but one hundred is too much. This is Seasalt Town, not Smelting City." It was true, they all had the money, but from the looks, none was willing.
What a cheap lot!
"Fine! I'll reason, thirty evolution stones. But I'm adding a third rule. You all must bet against my speck winning number one in the first test. And to be fair, it will be 20 to 1 odds. For other bets, we can make a list now before they start."
Just when the young man Trump was about to bring up the case about the banker needing to have the money to compensate them all, Ethia showed the crowd a bag of evolution stones.
A gleam sparkle in a huge man's eyes as he stood in the back with most of his features concealed by his standing angle. Trump and the man locked eyes before staying quiet. The young, sure was rash these days. Anyone would have thoughts.
As Ethia insisted on milking the crowd, the first test was finally underway.
"Now the first to go, Adi..."
In the end, the old man in black robes announced ten names that were to, all go up at once and try to use their intuition on how the claw markings came to be.
"You will have fifteen minutes to study it, and one hour to reproduce the technique. After fifteen minutes, move to the side for the next group. The faster you manage to reproduce the technique, the better your overall score for this section will be." The black robes old man explained.
Soon, an hour quickly passed as the first batch came forward. Nobody had attempted earlier than the required time. Even now, everyone looked unsure of their performance. "You are Adi? Very well, begin!"
Standing on the stage, the speck known as Adi extended his arm back while positioning his fingers in a claw shape. Following this, his ambition force solidified around his hand and becoming visible as a red color. By his fingertips, it was sharp like blades.
"I don't need to see any more. Fail. Next come forward!" Watching this, the group of participants grew restless. And because of the first failure, no one attempt to make a hand covered by ambition force claws.
A string of fails rung out clear to everyone's ears. Before long, people started wondering if it was possible to pass this sort of test. "Number twenty Florin, you are next!"
Hearing the name, Pierce who been silence for the majority of the time, grinned.
Although the time used was the complete one hour, he was still confident in his tamed speck. With a total of five tamed speck participating, he had absolute faith that each one would pass the whole selection.
"Fair Tigress, you should keep your eyes pilled. I'm positive my speck will surprise you. The result will have no suspends."
"Not interested. He is already common trash like his owner if he needed the full hour to comprehend a basic mark." Her words were out to sting.
Anger filled Pierce's eyes. Patience! He needed to be patient. It wasn't like he never ran into this type of woman before. Sooner or later, she would be on her knees before him willingly.
"Number 222 Key. Come forward to study the markings."
Finally hearing his name, Key moved to go onto the stage.
"Hahaha!" Laughter echoed out in the town square as Pierce expressed his joy at being the first owner to have their speck pass. The tamed speck known as Florin had performed the same actions as the very first participant.
Everyone was stun. Why did he pass and the other one failed?
"What can you say now Fair Tigress?"
In reply, all he saw was Ethia reminding the people to place their bets because it was her speck's turn. Veins flashed on Pierce's forehead.
This wench was definitely going to give birth to his young! He would not stop at a simple one-time thing. In this way, it will be a life experience to teach her, who was her betters. After all, she was just a woman!
I just want to say to my readers who might read too much into it, the name Trump is from a deck of cards game and the character wanted to be a dealer/banker. It doesn't come from Donald Trump.
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