Chapter 4.3W

Double-J raised his right hand slowly, rubbing its back under his chin. He turned aside quickly, spit loudly, then turned back and glared at Annie.

Temper, Double-J said. It’s your only weakness. That’s why you can’t beat Franics Pine, in foil or epee — he knows how to push your buttons, get you flustered. You stop thinking, you start reacting to what he’s doing, start fighting his game, on his terms. You’ll never beat Francis until you get your temper under control.

Annie smiled sarcastically. Now you’re sounding like Coach Dan.

Double-J shrugged. He’s a control freak. Doesn’t mean he’s not smart.

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