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I didn't even have time to panic as the bullet hurtled towards me.  My instincts made me turn away from the oncoming bullet, burying my head in Demitri's chest and holding him as tightly as I could.

'No, stop,' I heard Demitri shout, followed quickly by the thud of a body hitting the ground.

I didn't want to turn around to see who had taken the bullet, but my eyes forced my to look.  I gasped as I saw a wave of blonde hair covering the floor.

I felt like I was having an out-of-body experience as I grabbed the gun from Demitri's hand and marched towards Steve, who had dropped his gun and was scrambling away from me.  I fired one shot into his leg, making him cry out in pain and stop crawling.

'How dare you?'  I hissed as I stood over a now scared Steve.  'You're going to regret firing that shot.'  I pointed the gun at his head and prepared to pull the trigger.

'Why won't you stop her?'  He shouted, fear gripping him as he was now the person looking down the barrel of a gun.  His shouts prompted nothing from his men, who were standing still as statues.  ''For God's sake do something!'

'You're pathetic, you know that.'

'Cassie stop,' Demitri said, a hand resting on my shoulder.  'I don't want you to do this.  It's not right.'

'This isn't going to end unless I finish it.  This is my job Dem.  I failed to protect you when you got hurt and now Savannah's been hurt too.  I have to end this now.'

'It's not your fault.  I shouldn't have put this much pressure on you.  I haven't taught you everything yet, so I'm still responsible.  This is my job.'  His hand closed around mine and took the gun from me.  'Go see to Savannah.'

'Demitri, what are you doing?'

'I said go and look after Savannah.  I'll take care of this outside.'  His authoritative tone made me step back, away from Steve, who was still cowering on the floor.  'Cassie go.'  I walked away turning to face Savannah as Demitri hauled Steve to his feet and dragged him outside.

I could see the blood seeping through Savannah's top and staining her hands, but her eyes were still open.

'I'm so sorry,' I breathed as I knelt beside her.  'Why did you do it?'

'And let you take all the glory?'  She laughed.  'I think not.  And the truth is you're far more important than me.  I'm replaceable, you aren't.'

'That's not true,' I protested.

'It is.  There are plenty of people at my headquarters who would be happy to take my job and would do it well.  The chosen one can't be just anyone, the clue's in the name.  The chosen one is special.  They don't come around every day.'  She coughed violently, wincing in pain as she did so.  'And as much as I hate to admit it, you're going to be a good warrior.  Especially with him by your side.  He adores you.  I hope you know that.'

'I never knew you could be so sentimental,' I smiled.

'Don't think this means I'm a nice person, or that I like you, because that's not true.  I just think you're good for the job.'  She reached out and clasped my hand with her bloody one.  'Good luck.'

I felt something catch in my throat as I saw the light die from Savannah's eyes and felt her hand go limp around mine.

'She's gone?'  Abril asked solemnly from behind me.


'I don't know what to say.  I can't say she was my favourite person in the world but she wasn't so bad.  At least she made things a little more interesting.'

'I can't believe I let this happen.'  I said bowing my head over Savannah's hands, holding them tightly.  'She shouldn't have died because of me.  It's not the death she deserved.'

'I think it was the death she wanted.  Now she'll be remembered.'

'Cassie?'  I turned to see Demitri standing in the doorway at the other end of the warehouse.  I immediately stood and ran as fast as I could across the empty space and threw my arms around Demitri's neck, holding him close and planting a kiss on his lips.

I wasn't sure why I did it, probably because of the emotion of the moment, but it felt good.  I could feel Demitri's body tense with shock, then relax as his arms went around my body.

I had tears streaming down my cheeks when I pulled away, crying because I hadn't meant for this to end this way.

'It's alright,' Dem breathed into my hair as I cried onto his shoulder.  'Everything has been taken care of.'

'I shouldn't be reacting like this,' I sobbed.

'It's normal the first time you see something like this.  Death is a very scary thing.'

'Thank you Dem.'  I dried my eyes but still held onto Demitri, liking the security his body gave me.

'I don't mean to worry you,' he whispered in my ear after a few moments pause, 'but I think we've lost our hostage.'

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