Falling Darkness - Freak

I had only one choice as the arrow streaked towards Kate.

In perhaps the first purely selfless act I made since I answered the call to fight the Hawks, I intercepted the missile. No leap like in the stories, just a step and a jerk as the bolt struck me, and a thud as I collapsed. 

She turned and fired, momentarily oblivious, then froze, realizing what had happened. 

Dismissing her apologies and entreaties with a smile, I claimed the reward for my sacrifice and looked once more on her, the single bright spot in the falling darkness.

The End

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