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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48. Chapter 47

If you have a fluff hatred, please skip this chapter.

Sword Lord - Tyrian

The slow night air rushed into the cave, making the flames dance as if alive. Valkyrie and I were sat next to the fire, her head on my shoulder. We watched the stars sparkling outside.

"Why do people always think it's romantic to watch the stars?" Valkyrie asked me.

"I'm not sure. I personally prefer a good fight with something, ending in the two people walking away hand in hand." She smiled, her eyes set on the horizon.

"That sounds just like something you'd say." I raised an eyebrow.

"Of course it does, I just said it."

"Dumbass."

We went back to sitting in contented silence. The moon rose a little more and the temperature began to drop. Valkyrie stood up, and I quickly rose too.

"Calm down, I'm only going to sleep." She went to the back, and lay down on top of her sleeping bag.

"You can keep watch, if you want. It'll make you feel cool." Goddammit, she knew me too well. I smothered the fire, until there was only dying embers. I sat back down, looking at the silhouettes of trees in front of me.

"Tyrian." Valkyrie said behind me. "I'm cold!"

"And?" I didn't turn to look at her.

"Well, could you..." She cut off. Oh, I get it. You can't freeze alone but it's fine if I freeze with you. I lay down next to her grumpily.

"You're so whiny." I grumbled.

"Hush hush, just keep me warm." She said. I could hear the smile in her voice. I wrapped my arms around her waist.

"You're actually fairly comfy."

"I hope that's a compliment."

"It is, trust me."

She began to drop off, her breathing becoming deeper, her heart beat becoming slower against my chest. I rested my chin on her head, and closed my eyes, letting sleep finally take me.

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