Justin could not remember quite when the woman had joined them. She was tall and handsome, her dark hair flowing loose and blending with the smoke; she kept pace with him easily, at the head of the throng.

He hailed her, in a breathless pause: "You! What's your name?"

She threw him a hard grin. "Nemesis."

It made him smile, for the first time in days.

He lost her for a time, in the twisting streets. When he caught sight of Theo at the foot of the barricade, fury blinded him. He forgot her entirely, until her sword flashed down.