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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52. Chapter 51

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Sword Lord - Tyrian

I felt as if someone had punched me in the gut. I was in a relationship - with Darquesse, the god who will destroy the world. No, no, not Darquesse. Valkyrie. She needs help, she's stuck in there. Literally.

Tihana had just closed her jaws on Valkyrie's head. That can't have smelt nice. Sure, Tihana brushed her teeth and stuff, but minty freshness wears off after a few meals of raw meat. It doesn't matter how strong the mint is.

Darquesse was quiet obviously trying to get out. She sounded quite furious. Lucky thing she was wearing her black clothes. Otherwise she'd be Tihana's dinner.

I felt those yellow eyes on me, and a took a deep breath. The werewolf pricked her ears slightly, giving a quiet growl, before releasing the world-breaker. Darquesse coughed and spluttered, before I spoke Valkyrie's name.

"Valkyrie." Darquesse turned to look at me.

"Oh of course, Tyrian! You don't mind our little squabble do you?" She smiled a dirty little smile at me. "You know, you're quite a good kisser. And your not bad looking, either. Trust me, you're a keeper."

I swallowed hard. "I don't want to speak to you, Darquesse. I want to speak to Valkyrie." Darquesse shook her head.

"Please, she's going to be locked away for a while."

"I don't care. Let her take control, now."

"No, I don't want to."

"Do it, or this gets ugly?"

"Oh please, what do you possibly think you can do to stop me?"

"Well, I haven't got that far, but when I do, I'll let you know."

"Oh, clever boy. Trying to buy for time? Not clever enough, I'm afraid." She ripped at me with shadows, faster than a whip, and my shirt was torn open by the claws. My chest stung, and blood soaked the tatters. Darquesse had a confused expression on her face.

"Oh, that was interesting. Care for me to emulate the process?" She slashed at me again, and this time I roared in pain, my thighs being sliced by shadows. Tihana watched, silent and unmoving. I'd like to think this was her knowing I had to do this, but more than likely, it's her hoping I get killed. Darquesse crinkled her eyebrows.

"So... strange." She clawed at my back this time, and I fell to my knees, my shirt and jeans soaked in my own blood. Darquesse had a painful expression on her face.

"No! You can't! You fiendish, clever boy!" Her face changed to one of a scared but defiant girl. Valkyie. "Go, leave me alone!" She screamed in pain, and Darquesse was back. "Silly girl, don't you know what we could do?" She gave another cry of pain, and then Valkyrie was back. "You can hurt me!  You can hurt everyone else! But don't you ever, EVER hurt my boyfriend!" And then she stood there, completely normal, hurt and frightened. I looked up at her.

"Valkyrie?" She nodded, and then began to cry silent tears. I clambered up, wincing as the cold air ripped through my wounds. I wrapped my arms around her and pulled her into a deep hug.

"I'm sorry. I'm sorry I didn't tell you."

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