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."


25. Chapter 24

Sword Lord - Tyrian

Skulduggery threw me a carved wooden sword. I caught it, and raised it up to my eye.

"Sword fighting, eh?" I looked into his eye sockets. "That's one thing I haven't done." We started treading a circle, our booted feet making soft thuds as we stepped into the floor. I raised the blade up, and kept my eye on Skulduggery's. We kept on treading, and then he swung. I moved my arms, but they were too slow, and his blade whipped me in the ribs. He pulled back and brought it down on my head. There were stars dancing between my eyes, and I felt a little dizzy.

"Obviously not one of your strong points." We both turned our heads to see Valkyrie walking into the room. She had taken off her coat, and I could see her well muscled arms as she sat down. "Well, go on. Don't keep me waiting." I gawped at her, and felt a whistle in the air by my ear. I instantly snapped my arm up and deflected the blow, before countering with a thrust at Skulduggery's ribs. I turned to look at him.

"Erm... I wasn't looking at you." I must have had an amusing expression on my face, because Valkyrie and Skulduggery burst out laughing. It was hard to not join in, and soon all three of us were laughing like good friends.

"But, but really. I wasn't looking." I hiccuped out after our fit.

"Let me try something." Skulduggery walked towards the door, and then suddenly turned and sliced for my neck. I fumbled with the sword, and barely managed to duck the blow.

"Interesting." I felt something lunging towards my back behind me. I turned and knocked Valkyrie's knife out of her hands with a sharp knock on the wrist.

"Very interesting."

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