"Fire is the power of the heart," Said the fox, standing atop a large rock to be eye to eye with her owner. "I may not know how to fight, but I know how you fight from watching. I'll tell you what I've seen, and what I think will work. You're going to need to focus a lot to do this though, Ilda."
"I know, I'm impulsive... But I'll do anything I can to concentrate. I know how to focus when it's important, and that's what this is. So come on, Vanna. Tell me what I should do first."
The fox sighed, musing stoically, "Close your eyes and focus on your breath. Now, move your focus to your heartbeat. Feel its rhythm, the flow of your blood. Notice the warmth, and try to focus the heat towards your heart."
"I think I get it..." She clenched her eyes as she did this, earning a reprimand for not relaxing her muscles. "Okay... My chest feels really hot now."
"Good. Now, try to move the heat the same way, but out of your body. Imagine its form, and the level of heat. Imagine it against your skin first, and train it not to burn you. If it won't burn your skin, you can try moving that into someone else."
Ilda spent about an hour just concentrating and trying not to burn herself. It was surprisingly difficult, but she was getting the gist of it. In about two hours total, she was making a ball of flame she could safely touch. Opening her eyes, it vanished. "Vanna, I made one! I made it!"
"Well done, Ilda. That's step one complete. Now we have to focus on step two... Doing it with your eyes open, so that at times like right now you won't have to waste the power when you open them."
"How do I do that exactly?" Ilda huffed, placing her hands firmly on her hips. "You make it sound so easy. This is already hard work. Details, Vanna!"
"Start by calming down. Remember, this is all about concentration. And what I am telling you to do is simply what I said. Now you're going to go through the same steps with your eyes open. You need to learn to focus even if you're in the middle of a battle, after all. This is old magic I learned about. It's going to take a lot out of you, especially mentally. Would you rather we just meditate first?"
Ilda shook her head. "No way. I've got this. I just have to concentrate with my eyes open. No big deal, right?"