Cora stared steadily at her opponent. He was panting, hunched over in an attempt to protect himself from the next blow. Seeing this huge beast of a man cower before her was satisfying. He was winded, almost trembling, and she wasn’t even breathing heavy. She tried in vain to keep the smile off her face. He was hopeless and they both knew it. It was cruel for her to prolong the moment, but she couldn’t restrain herself. It had only taken her a minute to reduce this soldier to a coward on the defense. Invincible elite, indeed.
She moved in closer, unsheathing her sword. Anyone else would keep their distance, not take a chance, finish him with a bullet. But this wasn’t about safety. This was about power. And she wanted everyone to know that she had destroyed this man.
She took the final blow, a slash to the throat. She blinked, shocked as her sword clanged against the soldiers steel arm guard and she felt a pain in her stomach. She met the soldiers eyes, which were steady and calm. She stood there, unmoving, unable to believe what had just happened. He had blocked her death blow and stabbed her with a concealed dagger. His defensive position had been a feint.
She felt the sharp pain as he removed the dagger and pushed forward, knocking her on her back. He followed her to the ground and she felt the blade cut through her throat. She struggled to take a breath, knowing her windpipe was severed and useless, but unable to fight her body’s natural impulse. She could tell by the way that her vision shifted that her body must have been convulsing, struggling to take in breath, but she was too distracted by the spots forming in her vision to feel it.
Her eyes roved over the light and shadows on the cement bricks. She had chosen this secluded underground hallway for the advantage it would give her. She had chosen this space because no one would discover the body of this guard until it was much too late.
She could barely see, everything was going dim and blurry. She didn’t see him. He had probably already left to raise the alarm. Fast and efficient, there was no reason to waste time watching her inevitable death.
And then black.