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."


39. Chapter 38

Sword Lord - Tyrian

I felt myself wake up, but my eyes were still closed. I guess I didn't want to open them. My internal body clock was telling me it was approaching midnight, but I had no clue what day it was. The room smelt slightly of mould, and this let me know I was back in the inn. There was quiet breathing above my left ear. It was probably Tihana, in here to tend to me, as she does. I opened my right eye, and saw a shadow on the wall. It was definitely a female, I could tell that by the shadow cast on the wall. I opened the other eye, and saw Valkyrie, head nodded in sleep. It was almost too cute, the way her hair fell into her eyes, the little frizzy patches on the top. I lifted my torso tentatively, and as usual, the bed springs creaked nice and loud. Valkyrie grabbed my wrist and pinned it the pillow. She was so close I could smell the hint of mint in her breath.

"Evening." I said to her. "I'm all for restraining someone, but isn't this a tiny bit too close?" She let go of me and sat back.

"That depends on how your feeling." Her voice was heavy with tiredness, but I hoped she was happy that I was awake.

"So, how long have I been out?" She pulled her phone out of her pocket, and the screen lit her face, sharpening the stress lines on her forehead.

"Seven hours, twenty-six minutes and three seconds." She continued. "Four seconds, five seconds. . ."

"Actually, it'd have stopped on the three at least, because I'm awake now."

"Smart ass."

"You know you love it." I smirked at her, and she pushed me back down.

"Go back to sleep cub boy, Tihana'll have my hide if she knows I've been keeping you awake."

"First, Did you just call me cub boy?" I took a deep breath. "Second of all, what if I want to stay awake?"

"Then I knock you out."

"But isn't it your turn now?"

"My turn?"

"Your turn to be knocked out."

"I didn't realise there was a rota."

"Oh, there is."


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