Pimento-red eyes beseeched – to no avail. This creature had never been human, never been kind. She nearly destroyed Nate. Fearing the effect should he taste her blood, I pulled my strength from him. His legs held for a moment before he lurched sideways, losing purchase in a tilting world.
“Should’ve captured my conscience instead of my heart,” I scolded. “Your master’s plan has failed.”
She gave a jagged smile. “Victory comes in small steps.”
“Death more swiftly.” With the last bit of accrued magic, I ripped her into jigsaw pieces.
Both depleted, Nate and I struggled out of the pit.