“I must go!” Na’rina scrambled to her feet but the Wer-Kadis stalled her with a hand.
“Home. My mother’s dying!” Na’rina ducked under his arm. She made it three steps before he blocked her path. She ducked to the side and he moved to block the cave’s entrance. Desperate, Na’rina darted forward but he locked his arms around her.
“Why?” she sobbed, pummeling his shoulders with her fists.
“I have my reasons,” the Wer-Kadis answered.
Na’rina’s zoi aima, her lifeblood or energy, rippled from her core outward into her palms where she pressed them against the Wer-Kadis’ chest. She shot the zoi aima into him. He flinched but his hold tightened.
Desperate, Na’rina gathered more into her palms. She cringed this time when the lifeblood shot from her hands.
He groaned, but her attack only stiffened his hold. Na’rina whimpered and began gathering a third attack.
About to release it, Na’rina froze when the Wer-Kadis gritted against her ear. “Unless you’re willing to kill me, stop.”
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