Extending a taloned claw, the red dragon hooked the pendant from Rae's hand. It stared hard into her eyes then lifted its wings, heading upwards once again before flying off into the distance followed by the others.
Rae collapsed to the ground, her stilled heart crashed into action, banging against her chest. Her breath came fast, making her gasp for air.
'What the freakin'...' screamed Eric, pushing his hands through his hair. He jumped to his feet and started pacing. His hands rested at the back of his head where he clasped them together, staring upwards. 'A Slayer who doesn't actually slay. I've seen it all now.'
George dashed to Rae's side, kneeling down then pulling her up into a sitting position. He shook her shoulders furiously. 'Why didn't you strike? Why didn't you use Ascalon like we showed you?' When she didn't respond, he shook her again. 'It'll come back. They always do.' He dropped his hands to his knees, shaking his head despondently.