There was a small inkling of a tingle shooting through his body as Aqua fired the spell in his direction. Then everything froze for the tiniest of milliseconds, and that’s when it hit and Ven could feel himself dragging. Everything else seemed so fast compared to him.. he could barely understand Aqua, but the appearing targets and the expression said it all; time to prove himself!
It took a moment to adjust to the drop in mobility rate and it irked the boy that this bothered him so much. Did he really rely so much on his speed?
Shaking the thought out of his head, Ventus nodded to whatever Aqua had said and steadied himself before dashing forward and— … Oh, that was right, he couldn’t ‘dash’. More like snailed his way towards the first and closest target before building up a swing when just a few steps away and lunging forward.
After not feeling the impact of the target against the end of his blade, he stood up straight and pondered why the target in question was still so in tact. He had built up enough to break it straight in half..
Then it came to him, and he frowned. He was still just over two steps away from the target and, at normal speed, he could’ve easily closed in on it within the time it took to start an attack.. but not when he was this slow; he would have to learn to home in on the enemies - get closer to them, deal more damage.
With this in mind, he veered back and shot the other two a look, as if to them not to count him out yet, and took off once more.
This time, he brought his arm back when he reached the distance he had stopped at before, just a few steps away, and brought it down on the stationary target, breaking it clean in two. The sense of elation filled him as he took a stance again and approached another, doing the same thing.
Maybe he had been going about this the wrong way, he could see now that it was wrong to depend so much on one factor - his speed - when of course it would be more sensible to engage it with his other qualities to develop a more successful style. His current had proved him powerful and quick on his feet, but also left him open for retaliation or blocking since he gave his game away too early. If he got in closer, and used his speed, he could deal a more powerful blow and get away quickly. Out of harm’s way.
He fired down three more ground-based targets and one air-born one using this same method before he landed and turned to Aqua, positively brimming with pride.
“Come on, I’m getting bored here!” He grinned, confidence of his new-found ability flowing through his veins.
“Heheh! Yeah, I can see that!!” Aqua called and made more targets appear.
“Keep going, Ven! You’re doing great! Try to damage more targets with less hits too!”