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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46. Chapter 45

Sword Lord - Tyrian

Caves. Not a massive fan. Cold, wet, hard and often filled with bats. Still, beggars can't be choosers. I'd worked out that Tihana would probably have fled to her forest, so here we were, in England, the land that ruled the world with murder and torture. We had a fire roaring at the mouth of the cave, and a carpet of blankets at the back, on which we'd lain our sleeping bags. I was sitting by the fire, a can of baked beans in my hand.

"We didn't bring a tin opener." I said, my face falling. I might be pregnant, I've been craving baked beans for ages. Okay, I can't be pregnant. I mean, imagine a guy giving birth- Actually, let's not. Anyway, no tin opener.

"Do you know any other way to open a can?" I asked Valkyrie. She was sitting against the wall, a thoughtful expression on her face.

"Hello?" Valkyrie started.

"Pardon?" She turned to me, her eyebrows raised.

"How am I meant to open this?" I passed the can to her. She looked at it, back at me, at it, at me. It was hypnotizing. Then she started laughing. I mean, seriously laughing. Crying and rolling on the floor, running out of breath.

"Are you okay?" I asked, incredulous.

"You've got magic, even stronger than mine-" She muttered something to herself then. "and you can't open a tin?" I shook my head at her.

"No?"

"Watch and learn." She splayed her palm over the can, and for the first time, I noticed a black ring on her finger. Valkyrie flexed her fingers, and then the lid suddenly popped off with a bang.

"That, is how you open a can." She passed the tin to me, and I eagerly poured the contents into a saucepan floating over the fire.

"So what's that ring for?" Valkyrie raised her hand, and where a normal ring would have caught the light, hers seemed to push the light away.

"It's my necromancy ring."

"You haven't had the Surge yet?!" My eyebrows shot up into my fringe.

"No, have you?"

"Yeah! I had my surge when I was thirteen!"

"That's young."

"I've been told. But why do you do Necromancy?"

"I like it. It's just... strong. And diverse."

"And four elements aren't?"

"They're quite limited!"

"No they aren't. You just have to think a bit more!"

"So you're saying I don't think?"

I backed up. "No, not at all. I'm just saying you have to think outside the box with magic."

"Fair enough."

"Yeah."

"Yeah." We sunk into silence after that, watching the tomato sauce around the beans bubble.

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