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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31. Chapter 30

Sword Lord - Tyrian

Valkyrie dragged me back to the corner of the room, where we had laid out some rough blankets.

"I can't believe I got us caught. I never get caught!" I moaned. She chuckled lightly, before pressing me down onto the floor. "Dictator much?"

"Or trying to make you actually sleep. You haven't for the whole time Tihana has been gone."

"It's a problem I've come to accept. She may be my protector, but I still worry about her." She looked cocked an eyebrow my way.

"Do I have to go through the whole tale?" I whined. "It's late, and..."

"Yes, you have to go through all of it. And you'll do it now." I inhaled deeply through my nose.

"Tihana's pack have guarded my family for as long as either of us can remember. We don't know why, but we reckon it's because of the strong magic that us Chase's possess." Valkyrie nodded at me to continue. "Tihana came to us after the slaughter of the rest of her pack. My great great great grandparents found her, huddled on the ground. She tried to kill them, but they took her in, and she slowly grew... accustomed to them. She's now with us until she dies. Unfortunately, that might be a long time. What I don't know is what will happen if I have children. Will she guard them, or will she be with me, or will it be my choice?" Valkyrie looked at me, shocked.

"You're ALREADY thinking about children?"

"No! No, no, no, no and no! It's just a thought."

"Glad to hear it. I wouldn't be able to sleep with the fear of waking up with your children clutching at me."

"You have no grasp of time. I mean, seriously. I doubt we'd be anywhere near each other if I have kids."

"Glad to hear it. They'd probably bite my ankles."

"I'll bite your ankles in a minute."

"Oh, really?"

"Yes, really."

"You're impossible."

"You're annoying!"

"You're insufferable!"

"You're attractive!" I covered my mouth with my hands, and Valkyrie looked at me with wide eyes.

"Pretend that never happened?" I squeaked. She laughed at me.

"Oh no, I'm hanging that over your head as blackmail material."

I sighed, and turned my back away from her. She lay down a couple of feet away, on her sleeping bag. I actually slept without the dream for once, which was a pleasant surprise. What was an even more pleasant surprise was that when I woke up, Valkyrie was only a couple of inches away. And no, I don't know how either.

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