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“Hi!” she said, giving Blink that smile.
“Hey,” he replied. Sarika was wearing sweats, but he was too busy trying not to look like a dork to check her out anyway.
“Let’s get started,” said Captain Heroic, tapping at a clipboard. “I want to see what you two are capable of before I concoct your workout regimes. Nixi’s been here for a week already, so I have her working on her stamina first. We’ll all be up before breakfast for a morning jog, by the way.”
Sarika moaned, and Blink joined her. We have that much in common, a hopeful voice told him.
“Nothing strenuous,” the old superhero assured them. “Just something to work up your appetite for breakfast. Okay, let’s get started with some stretches.”
“What do you think he’ll have you working on?” Sarika whispered as they sat on the floor, grabbing their feet.
“I walk pretty much everywhere, so I’m not in that bad of shape,” Blink whispered back. “Probably weight lifting. What about you?”
“I see a lot of time on a treadmill in my future. I don’t walk or run much.”
“But you probably won’t need much weight training. That backpack looked heavy.”
Sarika giggled. “Twenty kilos, maybe. I bet your bookbag for school is about that heavy.”
Blink did the mental calculation—forty-four pounds was about half of what he’d guessed, but… “That’s ten pounds heavier than my bookbag.”
“Not that much heavier. Not even five kilos.”
“Okay,” said Captain Heroic. “You guys feeling limbered up?”
“Sure,” they both said. “Jinx,” Sarika whispered.
“Great. Let’s start you out on the weight machines, then we’ll try you on the exercise bikes.”
The two of them were able to lift a similar amount of weight, but Blink strained to keep up with Sarika. This is stupid, he thought. There were several girls at school that he knew were stronger than him, but he didn’t want to look weak in front of Sarika—or Nixi, who was watching from the treadmill.
The exercise bikes left him feeling a little more sure of himself. Captain Heroic adjusted the resistance, but Blink set a comfortable pace that he could manage for a long time. Sarika puffed and gasped, and stopped pedaling after a few minutes to catch her breath.
“All righty, then,” said Captain Heroic. “I think I’ve got it. Sarika, we need to work on your stamina. I’ll put you on a treadmill with Nixi, and maybe the two of you can keep each other going. Blink gets weight training. I’ll work up your training programs this afternoon, and you’ll get started tomorrow. Remember that jog in the morning. I think Ms. Ma is waiting for you in the rubber room.”
to be continued…