CHAPTER TWO (Extract)
He stopped at the cave entrance and looked over his shoulder, making sure he hadn’t been followed. A thin slit of a smile creased his pasty grey face, as crow’s feet outlined his coal black eyes.
His long black hair rustled in the breeze that blew from the cave entrance, a breeze that would make any normal person gag for breath, but not Draco. He breathed the stench deeply, drawing strength of purpose from it. His hand went to the rapier that hung ready at his left side, the feel of cold steel, although useless in this cave, quietened the little butterflies that raced through his body.
He always felt like this when meeting his Lord and Master – a sense of excitement, yet, filled with deep dread.
A final glance over his shoulder through a break in the forest canopy showed the city on the hill, its upper towers drawing gold against the rising sun. Then he plunged into darkness, to meet with his destiny.
Torches quickly exploded into light on the tunnel walls. Deep into the barrow, he saw two metal doors, shining with a ghostly pallor in the flickering light. Draco moved quickly forward to place a hand on the right door. He shivered a little as the metal melted over his skin, and a cold shudder ran through his body. The door lock released and he knew that Theocus was awake.
He pushed gently and the door swung open to reveal a huge cavern, lit by a single torch that burned brightly above. It cast a golden glow that reflected off the obsidian glass walls.
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