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."


37. Chapter 36

Sword Lord - Valkyrie

Me and Skulduggery were hot on Tihana's heels.

"Do you know any of these guys?" I asked Skulduggery.

"Probably, I met a lot of people in my time." He snapped a neck. "Did I tell you about Elouise Peregrin? Lovely girl."

"I don't want to hear about your love life, thanks."

"But I'm allowed to hear you droning on about Tyrian?"

I felt myself blush. "I don't 'drone' on about him, I mentioned him once or twice." Skulduggery nodded solemnly.

"Just watch him, he's got something off about him."

I turned away from him to lay my fist into a skull, imagining it was his. To my right, Tihana was diving into groups of skeletons, cracking bones and ripping them from sockets. To my left, Tyrian had grabbed hold of one of their axes and was burying it into shoulders, legs, every single body part available. I saw him catch another one as it flew through the air towards him. This boy was insane, dual wielding something. If I tried that, I'd end up killing myself. There was a sharp jab in my stomach, and I looked down to see a skeletal hand clutching at a now bent rapier. Ghastly's magic clothes had saved me again.

"Don't try and stab these clothes, they don't work." I picked him up over my head, and lobbed him into their ranks, scattering them. We'd almost cleared them out, and then I heard a thud behind me. I turned to see Tyrian collapsed on the floor, a puddle of blood around his head. Rage boiled up in me like water, and for a moment Darquesse took control. She spread her arms and a blast of dark energy blew the skeletons into dust. Then I was back in control, and around Tyrian, panicking. He couldn't be dead. Tihana was on the other side of him, and I saw her lick his wound. Ew, it was one thing to have his blood coating your hands, but another thing entirely to lick it.

"Why did you let this happen?" I said it before I could swallow it down, and I realised I was angry at Tihana. "You're meant to protect him!" She looked up at me.

"He's only unconscious, you silly girl." Oh snap. Oh no she didn't. I don't like to get sassy, but sometimes even I go.

"You didn't just call me that, did you?" I'm a world-breaker. I've got the potential to destroy everything. Hell, I've killed gods. Who does this woman think she is?

"I did. You're a child, clinging onto his arm." I bristled.

"Clinging onto his arm? Why does everyone think that? Also, I'm older than him."

"And I'm almost three hundred." She gave me a wolfish grin. "You also kind of stink." I turned my back on her. I won't waste my breath in an argument I can't win.



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