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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45. Chapter 44

Shadow Wolf - ???

The skeletons clacked their bones, the dullahans stamped their hooves, the zombies moaned, the cu'siths barked, the wendigoes screeched and the drauger hit their shields.

The litch called out over all of them, and a wave of silence rippled through the crowd. Its red, glowing eyes examined them all, holding its hand up high, fire curling in its decaying palm. "Dullahans, Kitsunes, Cu'Siths, Wendigoes, friends!" Its voice was loud, clear and rallying. "We gather here, tonight, today, to share our views on the living. The clean, stinking living who see it fit to rid the world of us, who see it fit to destroy every last one of us!" It stepped forward, raising its other hand. "Will we let them walk all over us? Will we let them take over? Will we let them annihilate us?!"

The assembled spoke as one. "Never!" Horses whinnied, people yelled, animals howled.

"Will we let them take us prisoners? Will we let them rip the magic from our bodies? Take our lives, family and friends?"

"Never!"

"Then come with me, my brothers and sisters, and we shall cleanse this world of the living, and we shall rule it in our might, our numbers and our death." The Litch's voice rung clear through the cavern, echoing through. "Many of our number were murdered yesterday, their lives ended for the second and last time. Two living and a werewolf, and one of our own! His treachery must not go unpunished, he, our brother in battle, has been corrupted by the dreams of being alive."

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