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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41. Chapter 40

Sword Lord - Tyrian

This morning was a lot less eventful. There was no passing out, no fighting waves of undead, just cereal and milk. And a book in Tihana's case. I swear she's always reading. It was an early start for us, the sky outside still an inky black, not even bruised with sunrise. Speaking of bruises, a real shiner was welling up on my forehead. I didn't have a black eye though, which is good. Black eyes suck. I rammed the last spoonful down my throat (not literally, that'd be dangerous) and loaded it up into the sink. We were the only people in this inn now, and the owner wasn't complaining. I went into "my" room, and began throwing things into a backpack. Skulduggery and Tihana had been making some noise about us moving on soon, and I didn't want to be the last person packing, as usual. I jumped at a sudden knock on the door.

"Can I come in?" Valkyrie asked from behind the door. I nodded, and continued to lob things into the bag. Phone, laptop, biscuits, water bottles, clothing, anything that'd be useful.

"What're you packing?" She asked me.

"A backpack."

"What, are you going somewhere?"

"Not without the rest of you."

We sunk into an awkward silence, broken only by the creak of the light fixture. I turned around to grab something, and Valkyrie was suddenly a whole lot closer.

"Woah! Didn't we mention distance earlier?"

"But I love to make you jump! Your eyebrows shoot up, it's adorable."

"Puppies are adorable. I'm... not a puppy?"

"Why do we always talk about mundane crap?"

"Because we're best at it." She gave a smile, showing her teeth. As teeth go, they were quite nice, Mostly straight, white, pretty normal. I'm writing about someones teeth. This is a problem.

"You're staring at my teeth." Valkyrie complained.

"Well where would you like me to stare?"

"I don't know, just not my teeth?"

I lifted my eyes a little, to her lips. They were full and pink. Yes, I'm writing about body parts. This isn't creepy at all. We locked eyes with each other, there was a split second of nothing, no movement, no sound. It was if time itself had frozen in that one, kind of weird, moment. And then it un-froze, and we were kissing, and it was wrong, but right, and good, but bad, and then-

"Tyrian, what's a- Oh my god! My eyes!" She ran outside, and we continued. Then she ran back in.

"Nope, definitely not one of my nightmares!" Tihana ran back out, and I heard her vomiting. Valkyrie had her arms around my neck, and mine were around her waist.

"I think it could have gone better, three stars." She said to me.

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