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Strength in Adversity


Tianmi Leung grew up in the temple near Yichen, surrounded by his fellow disciple brothers. At first, he was protected like a little baby brother, and everyone was nice to him, looking after his wellbeing. He felt like he was part of a big, happy family.


But as Tianmi grew older and started practicing martial arts, the older brothers started picking on him, calling him names and pushing him around. They thought he was weak and didn't have what it takes to be part of their ethos. At first, Tianmi tried to ignore them and focus on his training, but it only seemed to make things worse.


One day, Tianmi couldn't take it anymore. He went to talk to the section leader, hoping he would do something to stop the bullying. But the section leader's answer surprised Tianmi. He told him to go find someone to protect, and he would grow stronger faster.


Tianmi didn't understand what he meant at first, but he didn't want to get bullied anymore, so he decided to take one night off and go to the nearby city to find injustice. That's when he saw him - a scrawny young man being picked on by a group of street thugs. The thugs seemed dissatisfied about the man's tattoo design for them. They destroyed his tool set and pushed him around. The young man seemed weak and helpless.


Something inside Tianmi stirred, and he knew he had to step in. He withdrew his staff and hit the thug closest to him. He had their attention. As the fight began, Tianmi felt a rush of adrenaline coursing through his veins. He thought he was invincible, and street thugs should be nothing to him. But he quickly learned that fighting in real life was very different from sparring at the temple. The thugs were much stronger and had a wider span than he had anticipated. They were throwing punches and kicks with incredible force and wider range.


One of the thugs jumped on Tianmi from behind and got him into an arm lock, and he couldn't break free. The person in front of him quickly hit him with all of his might, and the next thing Tianmi knew, he was on the floor with stars in front of his eyes.


"This young brat wants to play hero, right?" Laughter echoed. "I'm gonna teach you how real life hero ends in this world. And that's dea--" He proceeded with a kick aiming for Tianmi's stomach. But Tianmi caught his leg, clamped it down, and with all of his determination, he bit into the thug's calf. The rest of the thugs tried to come at him again, and this time, Tianmi knew he needed to be efficient and on point with his strikes. Throats, nuts, and eyes were his targets, and he got all four of them temporarily on the ground. That's when he saw an opportunity to escape and got the young man, Kayden, stumbled away from the scene.


Tianmi and Kayden knew they couldn't go back to Kayden's apartment anymore, so Tianmi told Kayden to come to the temple with him as a temporary shelter until they could figure things out. Kayden looked at Tianmi with gratitude in his eyes. "Thank you," he said. "I don't know what I would have done without you."


Tianmi felt a warm glow inside him, something he had never felt before. It was a feeling of purpose, of being needed. From that day on, he made it his mission to look after Kayden. Kayden always commended Tianmi's natural stamina and strength, and his encouragement became an anchor for Tianmi to combat the corny remarks from his fellow disciples. Tianmi's goal was to become strong enough so that he and Kayden could go back to Yichen without living in fear. At least that's what the naïve mind thought.


天弥的成长环境很特别,他在一个古老的寺庙里度过了整个童年时光。在那里,他被众多师兄们宠爱着,他们像照顾一个小宝宝一样关心他的成长,让他感受到了家庭般的温暖和幸福。


然而,随着时间的推移和武艺的日渐成熟,他的师兄们开始对他刁难和嘲笑,认为他软弱无能,不配成为他们中的一员。刚开始,天弥试图忽略他们的言语和行为,专心练习武艺,但却只让事情变得更加糟糕。


有一天,天弥忍无可忍,去找他的班长寻求帮助。然而,班长的回答却出乎了他的意料。他告诉天弥,他需要找到一个人来保护,这样才能更快地变得更强大。


起初,天弥并不明白班长的意思,但他不想再被欺负了,于是他决定暂停一晚,前往附近的城市寻找正义。在那里,他看到了一个瘦弱的年轻人正在被一群街头恶棍欺负。这些恶棍似乎对这个年轻人的纹身设计不满意,他们破坏了他的工具并推他来推去。这个年轻人看起来软弱无助。


天弥内心深处涌起一股热血,他知道他必须挺身而出。他拿出自己的武器,击中了离他最近的恶棍,引起了他们的注意。随着战斗的开始,天弥感到一股肾上腺素涌过他的身体。他以为自己是无敌的,这些街头恶棍对他来说不算什么。但他很快意识到,现实中的战斗与寺庙里的搏斗是截然不同的。这些恶棍比他想象的强大得多,拥有更广阔的攻击范围和更强大的力量。他们用惊人的力量和广泛的攻击范围出拳踢腿。


其中一名恶棍从天弥背后跳上来,制住他的手臂,他无法挣脱。面前的人猛地一击,天弥接着就感觉眼前一阵星光闪耀,摔倒在地。


“这个小屁孩想装英雄,是吗?”笑声回荡。“我会教你在现实生活中英雄的下场。那就是死亡——”他踢向天弥的腹部,但是天弥接住了他的腿,压制住,然后拼尽全力咬住了那个恶棍的小腿。其余的恶棍试图再次攻击他,这时天弥知道他需要更加高效和准确地打击敌人。喉咙、蛋蛋和眼睛是他的目标,他让所有四个恶棍暂时倒在了地上。就在这时,他看到了逃脱的机会,然后带着年轻人凯顿从现场跌跌撞撞地逃离了。


天弥和凯顿知道他们不能再回到凯顿的公寓了,所以天弥告诉凯顿暂时跟他去寺庙避难,直到他们能够解决问题。凯顿看着天弥这15岁不满的正义小屁孩,眼中充满感激之情。“谢谢你,”他说。“如果没有你,我不知道我该怎么办。”


天弥内心感到一种温暖的光芒,这是他从未有过的感觉。那是一种目的感、被需要的感觉。从那天起,他把照顾凯顿作为自己的使命。凯顿给他的鼓励成为天弥对抗同门弟子的庸俗言论的自信。天弥更加勤奋练功,这样他可以送凯顿回家,不再生活在受人威胁的恐惧中。至少,这是在他天真脑海中的一个想法。


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