The next morning he got up and got ready and then trained for a while. He worked on his water manipulation. If he got lucky with his assignment, he might be able to fight with just that for his first battle and keep his secret longer. He got good at generating, controlling, and removing water. Then he got good at manipulating it. He could make spikes, projectiles, and other useful things out of it now. Finally, he got used to the ability to freeze it. Only powerful water elementals could also freeze their water, but he didn't think he would get very far without it. He wanted to act like he couldn't for as long as possible. The less of his hand that he could reveal, the better.
He checked the tournament listing again and saw that the first match starts in twenty minutes and Vera's started in about an hour.
He made his way to the stadium, bumping into Sarah and Josh on the way.
"What are you guys visiting the stadium for?" He asked.
"We want to watch the first few matches to see what the tournament is like dummy." Sarah said.
"Besides, what are you here for that we wouldn't be?"
"Well I am mostly here because I promised Vera that I would watch her match in an hour." At the mention of Vera, Sarah looked like she had a sour taste in her mouth. "What's wrong with that?"
"I work in the medical ward, I know what burns do to people. She isn't a person you should hang out with." She said.
"She doesn't ever burn people. You're just saying that because she is a fire elemental." Cal argued.
Josh butted in. "Oh, don't listen to her Cal, she's just bitter. Do whatever you want." They gave each other spiteful looks, but Sarah backed down and they all walked in and took some seats.
The first battle was between two sponsored students. Cal guessed that it was so that they could attract attention and the company could sell more tickets.
It was the guy from the party who could control light, apparently his name was Jeremy, and a guy that Cal didn't know whose name was Thomas.
The match begun and immediately Jeremy put a blinding spot of light in front of both of Thomas' eyes, but Thomas kicked the ground and a spike of rock slammed into Jeremy, hard. There were expert healers on the spot at all times so that students could go as far as practically killing their opponent and then they would be healed completely, but know that they lost. Cal wasn't a fan of it, but a lot of students thought it was a great idea until they realized that they would feel the pain of dying and then have to live after that. People mostly agreed to be a bit gentler after that.
The spike looked like it snapped Jeremy's ribs. He tried to flash Thomas again and sprint into him, but Thomas didn't need to see because of his connection with the ground, so he hit Jeremy again, but this time also caught him with the ground and then dragged him out of the circle. Jeremy must not have been good enough with light to make convincing illusions. The crowd burst into applause and the end of the match horn sounded. After that there were more matches that the three of them watched, and then Vera was up.
Sarah said something about going to get some food and walked off. Vera was up against an Air elemental. The horn sounded and the match begun. Vera made a huge wall of flame, obscuring her. The air elemental sent a strong targeted wind, but she had jumped above it with a blast of fire and by the time he blew out the wall of flame, she was behind him. She grabbed him and then pushed him out of the circle. One of the things that he liked most about her was that she never sent fire after him, just used it to help her.
Everyone liked that display and cheered loudly as the horn announced the end of the match.