Chained: ch 42 'Finale'The next thing he knew, Rafael's face was hitting something very hard. Great. I'm dead. He thought to himself. But if he was dead, why was his nose hurting so much? Rafael rolled his head so that that side of his cheek was resting against the rough surface and opened his eyes.
The ground was in fact very far away. His head was resting against the rough stone on the outside of the balcony. And his leg
Something was holding him by the ankle. And that something pulled him up and over the side of the balcony and threw him back into the room.
There was a loud crash as shards of glass shattered around Rafael, scratching his face and arms with jagged edges. He felt something in his chest give way and crack under the force of impact. Rafael coughed up blood as the queen glided towards him once again.
"You're not getting away that easy, Rafael." The words came out of the queen's mouth, but they were not her own. "I want the pleasure of killing my own pupil."
"Algorustus " The
Chained: ch 41Rafael reached the top of the staircase long before the monster perusing him, giving him just a moment to survey his surroundings. The stairs had led to a large circular room that lead to an open balcony, where the queen had announced the king's death jus day's before. There were tall mirrors lining the walls, echoing the storm's dark disposition into the room. Perhaps he could use the mirrors to his advantage? Somehow he had to slow her down long enough to figure out what was driving her mad.
Thunder boomed in the distance, but Rafael wasn't sure if it was the storm or the dragons fighting to the death. Carana was there, and he longed to be there watching, making sure she was okay. But the ruby lying against his own chest had gone cold, making him increasingly anxious.
The queen escalated the last few steps of the stairs, her dark silhouette almost alien now. She was wheezing, struggling to take in each breath. The black whatever it was that had replaced her arm was creeping slo
Chained: ch 40Glass shattered on the floor as the vial slipped from the queen's quaking hands. She keeled forward, grasping her midsection and gagging as the deadly humor slithered down her throat.
Rafael raced forward as the queen feel to her knees, gasping for air. Summoning glowing green energy about his hands, Rafael reached toward her hunched figure in attempt to heal her before the potion took effect. But as his fingers came in contact with her skin, a fizzling crackle of dark energy revolted against his healing spell. Confused, Rafael spoke in a low voice. "Queen Violet? Queen Violet are you-"
The queen's quickly turned against him and buried a glowing fist into his stomach. Rafael was propelled backward with the force of ten dragons, flying across the room and hitting the opposing wall with a loud thud. Pain radiated through his torso in agonizing waves. He closed his eyes and tried to concentrate, tried to assess the damage. A cracked rib, maybe two. Definitely major bruising, both inside a