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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27. Chapter 26

Oh yeah, quarter of a way to 100, boom! I doubt we'll ever get to that!

Sword Lord - Tyrian

I stood outside of the training room, the cool night air a comfort to my poor muscles. It was the second day of this regime, which Skulduggery called the Annual Checkup. I called it the Attempted Murder Regime. There was clunk as the fire door behind me was pushed open. I turned, expecting to see Skulduggery, but was pleasantly surprised to see Valkyrie. She gave me a smile, and turned to face the small village spread out below us.
“So, when's it your turn to be murdered?” I asked her.
“Oh, I did that months a go.” She looked at me. “You need to shave, by the way.” I instinctively rubbed my hand under my chin, and too my surprise, felt a rough stubble under my fingertips.
“I haven't had that for several months.” She continued to look at me. “What?”
“Nothing. Just never realized how old you were, what with the child brain and all.”
“Hey, that's too far!” I glared at her, and she smiled sweetly.
“Well at least it was easy.” I stuck my finger up at her, and she turned back to looking over the edge. I moved over myself, and looked down. I wasn't a massive fan of heights, but this wasn't too bad. Valkyrie's arm was pressing against mine, and I realized we had both moved a little closer to each other. The air was charged with awkward tension. We both looked at each other again, blushing slightly, and then I heard a shout from inside.
“Well come on then lad, we've got to check up on you still!” I turned towards the door, half grateful, half annoyed at the distraction.

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