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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23. Chapter 22

Shadow Wolf - Tihana

The dawn came fast, flooding the land in golden light, filling it to the brim with what seemed like liquid gold. It also brought my transformation. I shrugged on my backpack, wincing as the soggy shoulder strap dampened my jacket. The down side of carrying a bag in your mouth was that it got wet. Oh well. There was no time for complaining. A boat planning on traveling to Liverpool was going to leave in a few minutes. It was my job to stow away, without being found. I quickly scanned the harbor, locating the boat I needed once more. And the crates that needed to be loaded on. Some people liked their own private shipping. I never understood that.

I ducked down,  slinking into the water. Luckily there was nothing in my pack to get wet. I swam quickly over to the boat- it was a good thing it was quiet. I dragged myself back onto the wooden structure,, resisting the urge to cough. I needed to concentrate. One of the boxes, an empty one, stood open. There was always a conveniently placed open, empty box. I crept inside lifting the lid back into place, calming my breathing as much as I could. I could hear footsteps across the jetty, before I was lifted into the air. I couldn't see at all. Maybe that was a bad idea.

There was a judder, and I felt the boat start to move beneath me. It sent vibrations through the box, and I could feel my teeth clattering against each other.

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