“So what’re you supposed to be?” She stayed poised, low to the floor, and punctuated her question with a quick dart of her bruise-coloured tongue between blood-stained lips.
A pattern of welts rose on his olive-toned flesh as he stood just a few paces away but did not answer; instead his fingers prodded the spots where his skull and lower jaw met.
“Who sent you for me? You Lucifer’s bounty hunter? Yahweh’s hitman? Buddha’s bitch? What exactly is it? Just why are you starting trouble for me?”
Her thin, pale shoulders flinched as an audible pop issued from his skull.
Through grit teeth and cracked lips he let out a hiss then a question of his own, “You hit like a pro boxer, you know that?”
As her reply, she simply widened her eyes exposing more of the blacks of the sclera that surrounded the burnished gold of her pupils. Of all the feats he witnessed her perform in their skirmish, this was the most unnerving, and he turned his gaze on the blood streaked glass platform that kept them mere inches from the water’s surface.
“Alright, to answer you in reverse: Because I can. I have a job for you. Karma’s. Not exactly. Not entirely. And, first of all, I sent me.”
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