I felt a stronger pulse of power than I ever had before. And then the heat intensified tenfold. In the next moment, the tightness in my chest snapped, like a bolt of lightning had just hit me square in the chest. And then the pressure was gone. There was no pain, just a buzzing of electricity, of power that shot outwards.
A brilliant blue light illuminated the entire street for a split second before fading into a soft glow. A glow that covered my hands.
None of this had slowed the demons down, though, and when I looked up, I saw snarling faces and grasping hands. They weren’t going to let me get away. They were on me. And before I could move, one of them reached out, grabbing my arm.
I swung out at him without thinking, my hands still glowing.
As my fist flew forward, I felt an object materializing inside it. Then a second object appeared in my other hand. It all happened so fast that I didn’t have time to think—I just grasped hold of them. When I did, I felt my power coursing through my hands … and then through the weapons themselves. Suddenly I could see them, the moonlight glinting across a shining blue blade, and what I’d originally meant to be a punch to the demon’s gut ended up being much more.
A blade, driven right into its belly.
Shock rocked through me and time seemed to slow, my heavy breathing deafening in the now silent alley. All the demons had stopped in their tracks.
The monster in front of me looked down to where my hand was. I ripped the blade from his gut and he glanced back up, his eyes and mouth going wide. A moment later, he turned to dust.