The sounds of weapons clashing and blasts, magical and non-magical, echoed in the forest. What started as deafening clashes eventually petered out, and when the last of attacks had been thrown, silence took over the forest once more. Another female, badly injured, hobbled over to Leah’s side and checked for a pulse. There was a flash of relief in her right eye, her left eye kept closed due to the trickle of blood over it. With a grunt, the female grabbed Leah’s right arm and heaved it over her shoulders before trying to stand up.
Adrinna failed on the first two times, pulled down by her own injuries, her faltering strength and the unconscious girl’s weight. But the third time was the charm, as she managed to stay on her feet. The girl knew that there was no more hope for her, that this had been her final battle, but it was different for Leah. She did not deserve to die here in this desolate place and Adrinna was determined to bring her to safety, somewhere where her wounds would be treated. And the only place close enough that she knew of was the headquarters of Errings Rising.
Coming from a minor dark guild herself, Adrinna knew that it was just not possible to step into another dark guild’s territory without permission but she couldn’t care for that now. Every step sapped away what left of her strength, blood trickling behind her, dying the snow red. By the time they had arrived at the doorsteps of Errings Rising’s front door, Adrinna’s face was completely drained of color. Once she had laid Leah down, her back against the arch of the door, Adrinna took in a deep breath and slammed her fists on the door multiple times.
When she finally heard footsteps approaching from the other side, Adrinna took one last look at Leah, mumbled something, and then made her way immediately to the nearest cliff. She would face her death squarely rather than bleeding out the last of her life in some cold, damp hole. She only hoped that dark guild would take Leah in and heal her injuries. Her last thoughts as she plunged down the cliff was of her mentee, the dark-haired assassin with a bionic arm, her body riddled with multiple slash wounds and one bullet wound lying outside Errings Rising.