He fell back again, grounded and smoldering. He struggled to raise a fresh spire, but his arms fought him, still buzzing with electricity. He knew the next lightning strike was imminent.
And then Lynnette was there, standing over him. She took the flashing blue bolt in his place.
But the lightning broke through her violet shield.
She shrieked in sudden agony and crumpled to the ground.
“What?!” said Hector, eyes widening. “How did--?! No!” He finally raised another spire, stopping a second bolt from reaching her.
Garovel floated behind him. ‘Get up, Hector,’ he said. It wasn’t encouragement. It was a command. No room for refusal or excuses. ‘Get up and get to the bike.’
His body wanted to argue. It wanted more time to regenerate. But it wouldn’t get it. He climbed to his broken feet, ignoring his shifting spine, and scooped Lynnette up in his unsteady arms. She was still conscious but looked in too much pain to know or care what was happening.
He didn’t want to look at her wound yet. It wouldn’t help anything now. He merely stomped onward, creating more spires as he went, and finally left the immobile Karkash behind.
The crowd outside the castle fled at the mere sight of him, which was handy enough as he made his way to the motorcycle. He mounted it and made sure she fit snugly behind him with a body-fitted metal seat.
They roared out of the city.
Chapter Fifty-Four: ‘Fierce blade, be well...’
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‘Just focus on the road,’ said Garovel. ‘It won’t do her any good if you crash the damn bike.’
Helmetless, clothes in blackened rags, blood all over him, Hector tried to take the reaper’s advice. He knew it was the intelligent thing to do. But he couldn’t tell anything about Lynn’s condition. Over the wind in his ears, he couldn’t even hear her. ‘Just... Garovel, please tell me...’
‘She’s still breathing. I can’t see the wound. It’s obscured with your metal. Don’t get rid of it, though.’
‘Where do I go?’ he asked. ‘Can we really just take her back to the bunker?’
‘For now, yes.’