E/O Challenge: "Fade"

Spoilers for No Rest for the Wicked. Just a small snapshot. Exactly 100 words!

He hears the clock strike twelve, sees the last vestiges of his last sunset. The solid walls cannot keep the wailing of the hounds from reaching his ears, persistent in their terrible quest. He can feel the strength fade from his resolve; can sense his brother's despair. His heart beats faster, as if it were aware of how much time it had left and was determined to get in a lifetime's work before it all ended. It is the only determination remaining within his body, which will soon be left an empty shell.

He did ask for this, after all.