Skulduggery Pleasant: Death's Dawn

"I grabbed the axe off of one of them, snapping it with a sharp crack, twisting around and driving it into the skull of another. These guys were easy to kill, but we were being overwhelmed. I was almost at Tihana's side again, when I felt the rock hit my head.

"Oh bollocks." Blood trickled down the side of my face, and then I passed out."

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12. Chapter 11

Swordlord - Tyrian

I heard footsteps coming down the stairwell, causing Tihana to snort in her sleep. I was surprised to see Valkyrie.

"Hey, are you alright?" She was clutching a small mug of tea. Delicious, sweet, tea. I almost died right there.

"Well, could be worse. Could also be a lot better. I mean, I could be on a stage heroically mowing down Justin Bieber to save those poor young girl's eardrums." Valkyrie looked at me oddly. "Why does everyone look at me like that?"

"Because the biggest amount of crap seems to dribble out of your mouth." She smirked at me. Yeah, laugh at the guy in chains. Sure. Okay, so maybe I wasn't in chains, but I was trapped enough. She passed me the mug, and I hastily took a gulp.

"I needed that. Thanks." I looked to where she was standing, shocked to see she wasn't there. I looked to my right to see her sitting next to me. "Anyway, time for a serious question. How can you stick around that guy?" She looked away from me.

"Sometimes I ask myself that question. The thing is, there's something off about him. I can't tell you." I studied her carefully. She had to be hiding something. She had even admitted it. But, was she trying to. . . protect me? The only other person who has done that for me is Tihana, but she's two-hundred and thirty-six. Or was it thirty-seven? Anyway, Valkyrie was only a year older than me. I thought I would point that out.

"Why are you acting all motherly? I mean, I'm only a year younger than you." She looked surprised.

"Really? I thought you were only fourteen!" She looked thoughtful, then quickly ran out the room before bringing in the thing I missed the most after tea. A spinning chair.

"Weeeee!" I yelled, leaping up onto the chair and spinning around, using wind to go faster and faster. Valkyrie seemed to have got a stitch from laughter.

"And you say you're sixteen?" She said between hiccups. "Anyway, I've been asked to take you to Skulduggery's house."

"No." I said instantly, getting off the chair. "Just no, I refuse to his house. I morally disagree." I began to shake my head, whiles hiding my rising panic. If I went, he could send someone on to Tihana whilst she was asleep.

"I swear this is not a trick, and that Tihana will not be harmed." She looked me in the eye, and I quickly read her. Her body language, her expression, all of it. She wasn't lying.

"Fine." I was about to leave, when she laid a hand on my shoulder.

"Between you and me, I think he's being ridiculous." Valkyrie smiled at me and left the room.

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