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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29. Chapter 28

Sword Lord – Tyrian

“Now throw a fireball at the target.” I felt my frustration rise yet again, but launched a small ball of fire at the straw dummy. It lit like birch covered in oil, and in a matter of seconds was mere dust.
“Okay, now make a ring of fire around you.” I glared at him.
“No, god dammit. No. I can do more than this, I'm not some puny amateur. I've had at least seven hundred years worth of experience passed onto me. I can do more than this!” I hated to sound like a whiny child, but this was wearing me down, and I felt like Skulduggery knew it. He paused and turned back to me.
“Very well then. We duel.” He snapped his fingers and flame welled up inside them. “But don't blame me for any injuries you will get.” I stood completely still, watching him. He made an obvious move first, a small ball of flame flitting towards me. I reached out, and caught it in my hand, before lobbing it back at him. He blew air onto it, and it went out. I reached my hands back behind me, almost in a star pattern. The air around me began to whirl, and I rose up into the center of my own personal storm.
“Playtime's over.” And with that, I launched a hurricane at Skulduggery. It swarmed him, tossing his skeletal form about over and over in the vortex. And then he disappeared into the eye. I waited a second, and then it happened. He tried to throw fire at me. The oxygen around him burnt up in the pressure of the hurricane's eye, and he began to grasp at his throat. I vanished the hurricane with a wave of my hand.

“I hope you weren't doing your best there, because that was easy!” He looked at me hard, and I imagined that maybe some form of respect was blossoming inside him. Suddenly, a slow clap echoed around the room behind me. I turned around and felt the biggest smile split my face. There, clapping in her ever sarcastic way, was Tihana.

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