The days that followed were uneventful.
Morten took a rest to take care of his body, leaving his things at work to others. The Giradia group made steady progress and was approaching the end of the project.
Nathalia made progress so rapidly that Morten couldn’t help but admire her secretly.
If she had been discovered and trained earlier, she would make formidable achievements in the future. Of course, her level was not poor now.
Nathalia quickly mastered the most basic gesture of Wuxing Fists, the splitting fist. To get started with this series of fists, the first gesture to practice was the splitting fist. Once the splitting fist was well practiced, the drilling fist, the crushing fist, the cannon fist, and the crossing fist could be easily grasped.
Compared with Nathalia, Julian seemed to be a slow learner. After all, talent was not something that could be made up for by hard work
“From today onwards, you come to me every day after work, and you need to do extra practice,” Morten told Nathalia after the day’s training was over.
“Okay,” Nathalia agreed.
She felt changes in her body and even in her temperament. She felt that she had grown a lot more courageous. Now she was much more open-minded about many things, and her fears of some things had gradually faded away.
Whenever she was afraid, she would practice the splitting fist, which would dissipate all the negative emotions.
In the past few days, Morten took Julian and Nathalia to practice during the day and went to the 81st Division to arrange the schedule of training. If he was in a good mood, he would go back to the company, otherwise, he would just wander around.
He had passed these days in a very relaxed and comfortable condition, which even made him a little unaccustomed to it.
It’s almost Christmas day. I don’t know if dad will come back from prison this year…
Morten glanced at the calendar on the desk and couldn’t help but sigh over how fast time had passed.
After work, everyone was busy working overtime, while Morten reduced Nathalia’s workload and asked her to practice with him.
Nathalia was wearing white sportswear, and her hair was combed into a ponytail, looking very plain.
Morten said, “The next stage of training will be very painful and is indeed physical torture. It is an indispensable part, and you have to persevere.”
Nathalia said, “I will work hard!”
Morten took out a bunch of rubber bands and said, “It’s enough to practice boxing by yourself every day. Next, what I want to train are your muscles and bones.”
After saying this, he threw the rubber bands into the bucket and stirred the water to make them wet. He took out the rubber bands that were slippery with water. Moreover, they were tied into a tight knot.
“Practice finger strength today, untie all of them,” Morten threw the rubber bands in front of Nathalia.
Nathalia originally thought it was too simple. But once she got started, she immediately realized that something was wrong!
The rubber bands were very slippery and could only be held with fingertips. Moreover, the knot was tightly tied and shrank after being soaked in water. It was very difficult to untie it.
She worked hard and used all her strength to untie the first rubber band. Then, she found that her fingertips were already red, and the blood seemed to be oozing out of the nails. What ensued was severe pain that almost penetrated through her.
Morten sat cross-legged beside her, supporting his chin with one hand and looking at her lazily.
He raised his hand and said, “Go on!”
Nathalia gritted her teeth and picked up the second rubber band to untie the knot. This time she changed the other two fingers to untie it, which made it more difficult.
Ten minutes later, she untied the second rubber band with sweat all over her body. She felt like she got a cramp in her fingers, and they trembled violently in the air like those of Parkinson’s patients. She looked up and saw that there were more than twenty rubber bands at her side.
The rubber band was too difficult to untie when it was wet. Every time she exerted force, she had to squeeze her nails hard to find the point of force. Moreover, the knot was so tight that it took a lot of effort to make it looser.
“Before I manage to untie the knot, I’m afraid I will develop tenosynovitis first.” Nathalia couldn’t help questioning him.
“Stop talking nonsense. You can quit if you don’t want to practice anymore.” Morten said coldly, his face darkening.
Nathalia pouted her lips and lowered her head to untie the third rubber band.
This time it was even more difficult. Her fingers were weak after she used up her strength, and the pain was unbearable. But, she was afraid of being scolded by Morten and had to bite the bullet.
Morten said, “This is a relatively simple practice. If I choose to drench the rubber bands in the grease, you will know the taste of despair.”
Nathalia almost lost her confidence when she heard this, but she felt it a pity to give up halfway and make all her previous efforts futile. So, she chose to persevere.
Today, Nathalia untied a total of ten rubber bands, and she pulled apart the last one almost with her mouth. She spread her hands and found all her fingers worn out and her nails a little cracked with blood under them.
“Okay, let’s stop here today. Come here, and I’ll apply medicine to your wounds and give you a massage. We will practice body skills tomorrow,” Morten said with a half-smile.
Nathalia stretched out her trembling hands, which hurt and made her cry out in pain when held by Morten’s hands.
Morten applied the special potion to his hands, which produced a stimulating effect on her skin. After being massaged for a while, Nathalia felt that her fingers were warm and that the pain was relieved.
She looked carefully and found that the extravasated blood beneath the nails was gradually fading at an astonishing speed.
“Don’t give up. In fact, you are cut out for martial arts,” Morten held her hand and encouraged her.
“Really?” Nathalia couldn’t help cheering up, “You said I was a useless waste before!”
“Hah, did I? I’m not such a strict person!” Morten said with a straight face..
Nathalia despised him inwardly.
This despicable man didn’t admit what he had said!
Morten said, “Eat more high-protein foods and take vitamins these days. The next few days will be very tiring and should be the critical moment for the development of skills!”
Nathalia said, “Okay, I will not be lax!”
Morten patted her hand and said, “This little hand is really soft.”
Nathalia immediately pulled her hands back and despised him inwardly.
I’m afraid he can’t wait to find some way to train my chest!
Morten was about to continue to tease her when the phone rang. He took it and found that it was Natasha calling.
This call came too late. Obviously, Natasha did not admit defeat and had made some resistance in vain after returning to Emperia City. In the end, she could only bear the humiliation and call Edgar.
Morten smiled. If the call was made two days later, the Porter Group in Emperia City would probably declare bankruptcy.
“I’ll answer the phone first,” Morten said calmly and walked aside.
He put the mobile phone to his ear and said with a smile, “Hey, isn’t this Ms. Porter? Why did you suddenly think of greeting me? Have you settled your relationship with Jade?”
His opening speech made Natasha so furious that she wanted to strangle him to death by coming over through the phone line.