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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26. Chapter 25

Shadow Wolf - ???

She was alone, curled in a ball in a crudely dug-out hole. She was by the base of tree roots, shivering like crazy and struggling to keep warm. She was hungry- starving even. It had been a month. A whole month since she had seen her family's bodies mangled and bloody. Every night she had been in her wolf form, she had howled to the sky, mourning the loss of all her loved ones.
Her muzzle was down, tucked in beside her chest, her left forepaw covering it to keep her nose warm. That was when she heard footsteps and hunger got the better of her. Tihana's ears pricked up hopefully, and she carefully rose from her burrow. Luckily it was free of the autumn leaves that decorated the rest of the forest floor. It was rather pretty, seeing the vibrant colours of the trees and floor, but painful memories stirred when she dwelled on that thought, so she refrained from wondering too much.
She saw a hesitant figure through the thick branches that surrounded the tree, and got down in a wolfish crouch. Even if it was human, it would make something of a meal. She started a low growl, and the person turned. Or, so it turned out, people. She heard hushed voices, and her growl rose in volume.
"... Is that a dog?" The first voice sounded feminine, strangely like Tihana's mother. Her growl did not cease, and she raised her tail in an aggressive position. Stupid humans.
"It must be. We don't have wolves any more, do we?" The second was masculine- perhaps a couple?
The reply was quiet, as if they were trying not to scare her. Scare her? She was the one with the sharp teeth, the long claws. "Hmm... Do you think it escaped from someone? Or maybe its master died? It seems awfully protective." Tihana snarled, leaping through the bushes and toward the two. The man was fast, pushing his lady friend behind him and reading his fists.
"Keep back, we don't know if it's aggressive." And they still hadn't noticed how un dog-like she was. Maybe humans were stupider than her parents had told her.

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