Another what?”

Another dragon, Master.”

There can’t be another one. They only hunt alone.”

Ellie heard the leathery flap of wings above them, and a sudden shadow overtook the dark stranger. Another dragon, this one larger than the first landed hard, right behind him. He turned, with a look of absolute disbelief on his face. He dropped the bracers on the pavement.

The dragon swiped at the priest with a massive claw, sending him plunging into the wreckage of the burning bar. He landed hard among the smoldering debris. The priest tried to stand, but there was a large shard of wood sticking through his chest. He coughed once, and then tumbled backwards into the flames.

That was it. Ellie felt the power of his mind leave, like a weight that had been holding everyone in check. It was gone. And that could only mean that the man had passed beyond. He was dead. She had just seen someone die.

No!” screamed Ophelia, echoing Ellie’s thoughts. She launched herself toward her fallen master, his hold on her broken. Sobbing, she wrapped him in her arms, leaning over him and keening.

The dragon briefly considered the retreating demon, and then he turned his eyes on closer easier prey. Ellie raised her gun and fired two shots. Neither one had any effect on the monster, so she tossed the revolver at the encroaching creature. It caught the revolver in a massive powerful jaw, and crunched the weapon in half. When it spit out the broken remains, it licked sharp teeth with a long black tongue.

Why do you all want to eat me?” Ellie questioned.

Master, don’t leave me.” Waves of fear were washing over Ellie, reaching her from the terrified Ophelia. “There’s no one to control me. Please, I don’t want to be alone.”

The fear Ellie sensed from the girl was changing. It was like Ophelia’s mind was unhinging, whirling out of control. She screamed in agony, dropping the lifeless body of the priest. Her breath became ragged gasps, and she dug her hands right into the burning debris.

A large ice chest sailed past Ellie, hitting the dragon full in the face. It shook a scaly head, stunned for a brief moment. Ophelia wasn’t intentionally aiming at the dragon, but in her panic she was becoming her own brand of destruction. Ellie had to think fast if she was going to escape this mess.