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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14. Chapter 13

Swordlord and Shadow Wolf - Tyrian

Skulduggery's house was lots of rooms, all of which were sparsely furnished. As he was dead, he didn't need a bed, a fridge or oven. Even a carpet, it appeared. I walked hesitantly into the room, to see him sitting at a desk, scribbling away at some forms. Probably signing the papers to kidnap someone else. He turned in the chair and looked at me, his neck gently creaking.

"So, I see she managed to persuade you." His tone was kind enough, but I had learned to be wary around him. Problem is, it's hard to read a skeleton. They don't really have much to read, if you get what I mean. Valkyrie bristled next to me.

"I don't like being called she, thanks very much." I giggled quietly. Now this girl, had an almost comical temper. She turned around to glare at me. She also had an incredibly creepy glare. Not as good as Tihana's, though. That werewolf could kill you with her stares. Skulduggery just watched, silent.

"So, as I was going to say..." He crossed his legs, folding his arms. I never knew a skeleton could look so stern. "The elders have decided to send you and your... dog... back to England. Don't know whether you've noticed, but we can handle ourselves. We don't need you bringing in an extinct race just to try and take over. I mean, is this your way of saying 'Look at us, we have extinct things. Hand over the sanctuary now, or we'll set our whole pack on you'?"

I stood still. Valkyrie almost moved towards me, almost as if she were to check if I were awake, before I spoke. "That's the problem with you Irish. You don't accept help when you need it most." Now I cross my arms. Skulduggery looks surprised by my sudden seriousness. "You really don't know what you're facing, and the English sanctuary sends it's- if you don't mind me saying -two best 'detectives' to help you. Do you know what sort of a risk they're making? But no, you, you ungrateful Irish." I point my finger at his chest, striding over to him, my face fixed into a serious line. "You just send us back the moment you get us. Tihana is the only werewolf out there. How could you refuse her help? She was willing to help you. You don't know half of her story, yet you disregard all she stands for."

Skulduggery stood. From here, he was practically a giant. I stood my ground. He raised his hand, as if to strike me, before lowering it again, and sighing. "You're just kids, you don't understand."

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