I held back the laugh. Hard to believe. Maxon seems easily distracted.
Marlee was crying a little, but not so much that she looked like a wreck. I grabbed her arm and pulled her upright.Dry your eyes and stand up straight, I barked into her ear.
What? she squeaked.Trust me, do it.Marlee wiped her face on the side of her gown and stood up a little taller. She touched her face in several places, checking for smudged makeup, I guessed. Then she turned and looked at me for approval.
Good job. Sorry to be so bossy, but trust me on this one, okay? I felt bad ordering her around in the middle of something so distressing, but she had to look as calm as Queen Amberly. Surely Maxon would want that in his queen, and Marlee had to win.Marlee nodded her head. No, you’re right. I mean, for the time being, everyone is safe. I shouldn’t be so worried.
I nodded back to her, though she was most assuredly wrong. Everyone was not safe.
Guards waited on edge by the massive doors as heavy things were thrown against wall and windows again and again. There wasn’t a clock in here. I had no idea how long this attack was lasting, and that only made me more anxious. How would we know if they got inside? Would it only be once they started banging on the doors? Were they already inside and we just didn’t know it?Paca quirks an eyebrow. Let me guess…you two share a broom ride too, she tells Pride, who narrows his eyes.
A medieval flail with a large set of spikes protruding from the dangling metal ball appears in his hand. It glistens black, and smoke sizzles out of it as he swings it once.As if they think in time with each other, Pride slams the flail against the ground, just as Greed jerks his wand in three quick waves toward Paca.
The smug look in her eyes vanishes when a black ooze shoots from the ground from the crack the powerful flail attack made. And she cries out as red lightning pours from the sky, hitting her from all different angles.She drops to the ground, struggling to get up, as the ooze starts burning against her skin, sizzling and creating visible wounds.