Valkyrie groaned and sat up. "I told you it was a trap," she said

"No, you said it looked like it was a trap," Skulduggery corrected. "That's completely different."

He helped her up as a door opened behind them and Sadistica Tortura walked through, an unsettling smile on her face.

"Don't even think of escaping yet," she warned before carefully closing the door behind her. She stood there for an age it seemed, just staring at Skulduggery and Valkyrie. "It wasn't easy to trap you both together, it never is,"

"Rather than pointing out the obvious, just cut to the chase please, I have plans to foil,"

"Patience Detective Pleasant, there's no rush," she stepped forward and cocked her head to the side slightly, as if she was curious.

"Please stop looking at me like that, it really is disturbing," Skulduggery said awkwardly,

"Oh sorry, I didn't mean to make you feel uncomfortable," she put her head back up, "Why were you snooping around upstairs?"

"To try and find out about you,"

"Did you find anything?"

"Yes, we did, we found you,"

"I guess you did, so now that you've found me, what would you like to know?"

"This is way too easy, Skulduggery, be careful," Valkyrie interrupted,

"Don't worry; I know what I'm doing,"

"Do you now, Detective Pleasant,"

"Yes. What is your chosen discipline?"

"Hard question, I don't really have one,"

"What do you mean by that?" Valkyrie asked, confused by her answer,

"I was taught lots of different things, a little bit of elemental, necromancy and a few adept techniques."

"But you have to choose one for the surge I thought, how did you avoid that?"

"I didn't, I just combined my powers into one."


"Why tell you when I can show you Skulduggery," Tortura turned to Valkyrie and her eyes shone purple. Valkyrie suddenly started struggling for air, she fell to her knees, clutched her throat and her face was going bright red. "Stop it Tortura," Skulduggery ordered

"But I'm having so much fun," she replied dreamily. Valkyrie fell to the side, and her eyes began to close, "I said stop it!" Skulduggery shouted, then raised his hands and pushed at the air; Tortura flew backwards and hit her head hard. Valkyrie gulped in air quickly, Skulduggery moved hastily to help her up and visually checked her over. She nodded and he took her hand, leading her to the door. He opened it and checked outside but Tortura grabbed Valkyrie's ankle, squeezing it painfully. Valkyrie grimaced and tried to shake her off. When that didn't work, she clicked her fingers to create flame and burnt Tortura's hands until she let go. Then Skulduggery pulled her through the dark passageways, and past occupied rooms. They encountered nobody and eventually found the stairs that went upstairs,

"Are you sure that your ok?" he asked,

"Yeah, just glad that I can breath again. What sort of magic was that?"

"I don't know," Skulduggery said then led her upstairs.