Kassidy’s expression hardened as he brushed her hand away. “We cannot just give up.”She reached out with her right hand, swift as a cobra, and snatched his arm into her grip. She dug her fingers into his bared arm, and he hissed, but did not pull away. He could, easily, but he did not.“It is best if you would,” she said, under her breath. She released his arm, and then shook out her hand. The metal joints clacked together, and the skeleton-like fingers glinted in the dim moonlight for a moment before she pulled it back into her sleeve.
“I know enough to know I wouldn’t want to be where you are right now.” Cailean laid back against the wall. “And I know you don’t want to answer this question, or feel you’ll be in danger if you do, but if you had a chance to escape and were sure you could without being found by your father or Alise, would you?”She thought about Kassidy telling her about Sekani. She thought about the years before Gareth, and sailing. She thought about Mamá.“He is my father,” she said, and stood up. “I would eat the food before it rots anymore.” She turned and strode towards the door.
“You killed my aunt,” she snarled, and approached the woman with lightning snapping off her. The sound of distant thunder rumbled around them.The woman met her gaze, her eyes gone dark. “I should have known you’d be like him. Volatile and uncontrollable.” She shook her head, and stood back up, taking a step forward. “Your storm magic won’t do a thing to me.” And before she could even blink, there was a flash of darkness and the woman flung a crackling, black orb of energy towards Shana.She held up her hands and her control slipped. A brilliant white light burst from her hands and though she expected the spell to hit her, she caught it and held it with her own magic. The darkness swirled and cried like a wailing guinea fowl.The woman faltered, eyes widening. “What the fuck?”Shana’s mouth tasted like blood. The silver radiance burned in her veins and sweat trickled down her back, but she held the darkness and turned to the woman with a sneer. “You killed my aunt.”
Kassidy couldn’t be broken. Not like she had allowed herself to be.“It would be less painful to tie the sheets together and use it as a rope.”Kassidy pulled away, eyes sparkling as he looked at her. She managed to force herself to smile at the pure enthusiasm and joy in his face.He pulled her into a hug. She stiffened, but forced herself, once she realised what was happening, to let out a breath.“Gracias. Gracias,” he whispered. “We are going to do this. Te quiero.”She put her arms around him and swallowed hard. “Te quiero también.”
“Where are we?” she asked, drawing the lightning back into her, so that it settled into her veins and coloured them silver. It buzzed, bright, though steady. Comforting.“Nowhere,” said the man. He sounded exhausted.She clenched her jaw. “Where is nowhere?” The heat in her chest was expanding feverishly, like spreading wildfire.The space around them darkened. “Nowhere is beyond everything else,” he said. “It is what we make of it.”
shana is probably scared of gael, but as soon as gael finds out she has magic, gael is DELIGHTED. -basically shana uses her magic to manipulate a child into liking her.
Maeve yanked the sword out of her grasp, and she couldn’t even think to resist. So quick did she grab the hilt with her left hand and—The tip of the sword pressed against her throat. The cold metal bit into her flesh and she realised she was panting now, and Maeve was breathing like she’d run miles.She held her breath.Maeve stepped closer to her, dark eyes bright with rage and her lips curled into a sneer. The sabre dug further into her neck, and she could feel the sting of the blade cutting her skin.“Do not ever touch me with magic again,” Maeve growled. She released the pressure on Shana’s throat, and then cast the blade aside. The crew was silent and the metal hitting the deck echoed out like a church bell in the thick air.Without another word, Maeve brushed past her, and disappeared down into the lower decks.
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