Life's Little SurprisesLife, the halfling named Malva Shortwick found, was something that was often decided for her. She was left at the monastery at the age of nine. Not because she wanted to, but because her parents owed the monastery a favour, couldn't afford to keep her and decided that her brother was more useful to them.Life's Little Surprises by Sushi-Troll
She had chosen to stay, after a few attempts to run off. The Enfolded – a group of senior monks that overlooked the monastery – had convinced her that staying was worth it, something she'd discovered once the training started. Her anger about being left behind slowly disappeared, but even then, Malva discovered, she had quite a temper.
It usually manifested around boys that didn't seem to understand that grabbing her ponytail and trying to drag her through the dirt was a bad idea. Fortunately for Malva, she could punch faster than they could grab, although the frequency with which she got into fights had the Enfolded worried. It didn't help that the boys had a talent for pl