I'm sorry I didn't get a chapter up last week! Hopefully this fight scene will make up for it! ;) I'm not all that great at righting action/fight scenes like this but hopefully it didn't turn out too badly!
I was pretty sure I'd lost my mind. The dead guy was right. Thanks to Ares, I was pretty much half dead already. Did I really think I'd be able to beat him?
Lee fought against me, but his fight with Adhartach had weakened him. I managed to drag him over to Kari and push him to the ground fairly easily. He was in bad shape. If Kari didn't do something soon, he'd die. Ahartach was going to pay for what he did.
I turned back to the small man. He only came up to my waist, but I saw first hand that his height said nothing for his skills. I would have to keep my guard up at all times during this fight. No exceptions. If I became distracted for even a second. I was dead.
"If you are so confident in your ability to subdue me," Adhartach spread his arms, "please, be the first to make a move."
"Ladies don't start fights, but we can finish them." I bowed toward him. "Be my guest. Come at me with everything you've got."
Lee coughed and begged me to stop, but I drowned out his voice. I couldn't be distracted. In the end though, it didn't matter whether I was distracted or not. Adhartach moved so fast, it was impossible to see him. One second, he was standing smugly in front of me. The next, I was flying through the air with a punch to the gut.
I landed on my back and skidded several feet before my head smashed into the boulder. I thought I'd been dizzy before but that was nothing compared to how I felt now. I could barely stand and my sight was pretty much out of commission.
"Fine," I mumbled, closing my eyes, "if that's how you want to play it."
"Don't tell me you are surrendering already!" Adhartach called to me. "We were only just getting started."
I ignored him and concentrated on the power inside me. I wasn't built for combat. My sword skills had never been great. My powers didn't allow for a boost on the battle field like Ronan or Lee. Combat lessons at the Caislean usually ended with me in the hospital wing. Nothing I had ever tried worked. So maybe it was time to step off the traditional fighting path. There had to be a way to use my own powers to give me that advantage in this fight. I just had to be creative.
"Are you going to stand there all day? Or are you prepared to fight me now?" Adhartach jeered.
An idea came to me. A crazy idea. It would kill me if it went wrong. If I'd miscalculated my abilities at all, my life was about to end, but it was the only way I could see myself beating him. I channeled every last ounce of my energy into my seer powers. Adhartach had been wrong. My powers would help me in this fight. I was determined to make it work.
I collapsed to my knees. It wasn't hard to act exhausted and defeated. I was. There wasn't much acting involved actually. "I can't. Go on." I panted, keeping my eyes closed.
Adhartach laughed. "During the past hundred years in which I've slumbered, you mortal warrior have grown even more pathetic! I can not stand how weak you are. It grates my nerves to know that I no longer have any worthy opponents. Since I have awoken, no one has been able to strike my flesh."
I opened one eye just enough to get a view of what was happening. Adhartach had approached me and was standing only a few feet away, exasperated. He looked like he wanted kill me just for being weak. Behind him were Lee and Kari. Lee was fighting to remain conscious and was staring at me with wide, fearful eyes. Kari stared at me with an open mouth as she worked on Lee's wounds.
"You can't even open your eyes. It will give me no pleasure killing you since you have not even challenged me." Adhartach sighed. "Why must I always be handed the weak opponents?"
"Maybe because you couldn't handle the tougher ones." I said through gritted teeth.
"Do not patronize me." He spat. "You would be wise to hold your tongue."
"Hey," I managed a small shrug, "I'm gonna die anyway, right? Might as well get in a few good lines before I do."
I'd never tried to control my power like this. I wasn't sure this would even work. But now was a good a time as any to find out. "Just do it already. We both know you're going to kill me. Hurry up already, would you?"
Adhartach sighed in annoyance. "I am putting a complaint in about this when I get back to headquarters. You were supposed to pose a challenge for me. You are the legendary banlaoch, yes? Why are you not able to stand up to me?"
"Just do it." I groaned.
"Very well. If I must." Adhartach gathered his fists, preparing to deal me the final blow.
Time seemed to slow down. Lee scrambled to his feet and lurched toward me, screaming at me to move. Kari screamed and covered her eyes. I closed my eyes and concentrated.
I saw his moves before he made them. It gave me only a second long delay, but it was enough. I rolled to side and Adhartach sprang forward with inhuman speed. His fist connected the ground where I had been moments before. I came up back on my knees, as if I hadn't moved at all.
He looked up, confused. Lee froze and he stared at me in surprise. Kari was still hiding behind her fingers.
I turned to look at the fey. "I thought you were going to hit me. You have worse aim than me, and that's saying something."
Adhartach stared between me and the ground where his fist was still connected. "How did you do that?"
"Do what? You're the one that can't hit your target."
Adhartach growled and charged again but I predicted his movements. It helped that his attacks all seemed to be the same. I rolled and came up on my knees again, just far enough to avoid the punch but not enough to make it obvious that I had moved.
Adhartach's fist landed a few centimeters from me. "Impossible." He breathed. "I never miss a target."
"Hey man," I said with fake sympathy, "there's a first time for everything."
This time, I saw desperation in his movements. His attack was different than before. Faster and more precise. Even with my ability to predict it, I wasn't fast enough to evade it. Instead, I met his blow with one of my own. I leaned to the side, catching his fist on my shoulder instead of my throat. My own fist connected with the side of his head. It was no where near as strong as his, but it shocked him.
"How are you doing this?" He demanded, striking at me again.
I caught his fist in my hand which sent a shock up my arm that nearly knocked me over. "Remember when you said that my seer powers wouldn't help me in this fight? I guess you were wrong."
Adhartach was fuming. He struck again with more force than before
Duck. Roll. Block. I barely had time to read his moves before each attack.
My vision narrowed to only Adhartach as he pounded his fist into the ground at my feet. Adrenaline coursed through my veins, like I'd overdosed on coffee. My confidence grew. I could do this!
His fist crushed my knee and I gasped in pain. How had I not seen that? The world started spinning, but I clenched my teeth against the pain.
Adhartach took advantage of the few seconds I was down. His speed increased. His fists became a blur, pummeling me into the ground. A foot pounded my face. Fists mauled my body. I felt like a rag doll being tossed around by an angry dog. The pain was like electricity arcing through my body with every kick, shove and punch.
A well aimed kick sent me flying back several feet. I skidded to a halt against the course grass. Adhartach ambled toward me. I couldn't see Kari or Lee anywhere. I was alone and on my last breath. Who was I trying to kid? I didn't stand a chance against someone as powerful as a fey thousands of years old. He had a millennial of experience. I'd lost every fight I was ever in. The odds had been stacked against me, but I'd ignored them.
I tried retreating, but my body wasn't responding. Now would be a good time to lend some help. I knew Mars wouldn't hear me, but I poured everything I had into that prayer.
"Your friends may have retreated for now, but I will find them after I have finished dealing with you, and they too shall feel the pain of my wrath." Adhartach promised.
"No," I coughed, "I won't let that happen."
"And what are you going to do? You can't even lift your head. It's pathetic."
"I will not let you harm my friends." I said, gathering every last bit of strength I had left to get to my feet.
"You are persistent. I will grant you that. But your persistence will not save you."
I channeled all of my energy into reading his moves. Adhartach lunged and I ducked to the side. Timing was everything. If I could get one strategically placed punch in, I knew I could take him down. Adhartach's attacks were powerful, but his defenses was weak. I was going to use that to my advantage.
I punched and jabbed and swung my fists at him, but I couldn't connect. I couldn't see his evasive moves, even with my seer powers. His attacks were premeditated, making it easy for me to read him. Avoiding my flying fists was a split second reaction that couldn't be foreseen.
A punch to the head. A blow to the gut. I forced myself to get back up. My legs shook so badly, I was barely able to stand. His attacks weren't like that of a normal human. There was added power behind each hit. If I hadn't been laochra, I would have died with the first punch.
A final jab from his elbow sent me crashing to the ground where I lay, unable to move any more. For once, I didn't want to read his future. The idea of watching myself die before it actually happened just wasn't all that appealing.
"I will admit, you put up a fair fight." He winced and wiped a bit of blood from his cheek. "It's been a while since anyone's been able to make contact."
I would have smiled if I had had the strength. So I had gotten him. The thought made my fate a little easier. At least I'd been able to accomplish that much.
"I'm almost sad to watch you die. With a little more training, you would have been quite the formidable foe." He sighed wistfully. "Alas, life is bittersweet, and so I must say goodbye."
"Not so fast." Kari leapt between me and the fey. "You aren't laying a finger on her."
"And you're going to stop me?" He scoffed. "Your power is far weaker than the banlaoch's.. You will not be able to lay a finger on me."
"Isn't that what you told, Brigid?" Lee sauntered out from amongst the trees. "Now look at you. Your face looks like it's gone through a blender. I have to say, I'm impressed she was able to match you so equally in power. How much effort are you putting into staying on your feet right now?"
I shifted my gaze back to Adhartach. My vision was so blurred, I could only barely make out the general shape of his body, much less the state of his face. Had I really caused that much damage? It didn't seem possible. Maybe Lee was bluffing?
Kari shook her head. "Tsk, tsk, tsk. She must have been using some impressive power behind those punches. I doubt even my healing energy would be able to keep that from scarring."
"I will concentrate on reviving my beautiful face later. For now, I must kill the girl. Those were my orders and I must see them through."
Lee stepped up beside Kari. "If you want her, you'll have to go through me."
"Us." Kari corrected.
Adhartach gingerly dabbed at his face. "I have already beaten you once today. I suppose you have not yet learned your lesson and I will have to teach it to you again. Very well then," he drew his fighting stance, "prepare yourself for another thrashing."
"There's not going to be another thrashing." Kari said, grinning.
"The only thing you'll be thrashing is the dirt when we bury you so far underground, you'll never be dug back up." Lee said.
Adhartach growled. Literally, the low rumbling sound came from deep in his throat like he was turning into a wolf. "I am untouchable. You two weaklings don't stand a chance."
"I'm not a gambling man, but I'm willing to place a bet on that." Lee took a step toward him.
Whether he meant to or not, Adhartach took a few steps back. Lee nodded to the fey and turned to Kari with a smug grin. "That was easier than I thought it would be."
She laughed. "It was too easy! I want a rematch!"
What were they celebrating for? Adhartach was still standing there, looking as confused as I felt. They hadn't won anything.
Kari froze. "Ah man! The little dude's not heavy enough. We need something to help weigh him down."
Just then, the ground beneath the faery vampire fell away. Adhartach's feet caught in the loop of a rope and he was flung into the air, upside down. He was suspended over a hole, plenty large enough for a man to fit through. When had that happened? How had I missed the two of them digging a giant hole in the ground?
Adhartach pleaded with them to spare him, but Lee just smirked and cut the rope, sending the vampire back below ground. Kari and Lee both rushed forward then to cover the hole with fresh dirt.
"He won't be seeing the light of day for a while." Lee sighed.
"I knew we were smart, but Lee, I never realized we were full on geniuses!" Kari held her hand up, but Lee just shook his head. She looked disappointed, but only for a second. Her smile was back within seconds and she bounced back over to where I was laying.
I could barely see anything anymore. Kari and Lee came to kneel down beside me. Kari's palm hovered over me briefly and I heard her sigh. "You've got some internal bleeding and a couple broken bones, but I should be able to patch you up real quick."
I heard Lee sigh in relief. "You were pretty brave out there, Brigid." He said softly. "Who would have guessed you had those kind of skills? I'm proud of you. Now rest. Sleep. Kari and I won't let anything happen to you."
The last thing I heard was Kari's enthusiastic agreement and the world faded to black.
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