â€œI am very, very glad that I don’t have to face you as an enemy, Sonia-ida.â€ Indaturan had come up behind them during the fight. â€œWith an attack like that, you’ll shred Mitakrian’s defenses.â€
â€œShe shouldn’t have threatened my family,â€ Sonia said. â€œNo one threatens my family and gets away with it. Not to mention the absolute idiocy of her attacking Matt. Doesn’t she know how much damage that would do?â€
â€œI don’t think she knows,â€ Alaryia said as she knelt down beside Daniel. â€œSavira and her court tended not to pay attention to what was happening outside their confines unless it interfered with their experiments.â€ She turned her attention to Daniel. â€œI’m going to extract the slither of her essence now. I’m afraid it will probably sting a bit.â€
What with the affinity clash, Daniel suspected that was an understatement but the sliver had to be removed if he didn’t want to be drinking the antidote for the rest of his life so he gritted his teeth and nodded at her.
â€œI’ll numb it as much as I can,â€ she said. â€œBut I’m afraid that I can’t just turn off your pain receptors like Hal did when she healed your shoulders. Savira’s venom is forcing them to stay active even with the amount of antidote you’ve drunk.â€ She shot a glare to where Savira lay. â€œThat has to be deliberate.â€
â€œJust get on with it, please,â€ Daniel said.
â€œOf course.â€ She paid a gentle hand between his shoulders and began to glow. A moment later, his whole body exploded with pain for a split second before both it and the light cut off abruptly. He looked over at Alaryia to find her scowling. â€œThat,â€ she said, â€œwas much worse than I thought. I can’t expect you to tolerate that level of pain for long enough for me to extract the sliver.â€ She tutted to herself before sighing. â€œIt’s not usually advisable to let someone lose consciousness while envenomed? but I think I’ll have to make an exception.â€ She pushed the flask back into his hand. â€œDrink as much of that as you can stomach and then I’ll knock you out long enough to extract this damned thing.â€
â€œWhy is it usually inadvisable?â€ Daniel asked before gulping down several mouthfuls from the flask. The antidote was very rich tasting and he soon found he couldn’t empty the flask.
â€œBecause you can’t drink while you’re unconscious,â€ Indaturan said. â€œAnd for some reason, no other method of getting antidote into the system is effective. If people lose onsciousness while envenomed they usually don’t make it.â€
â€œAh,â€ Daniel said. â€œHence asking me to drink as much of it as I can.â€ He put the flask down. â€œWhich I have.â€
â€œIt should be enough,â€ Alaryia said. â€œI’m going to do this as quickly as possible so I can wake you back up before it wears off. That means it’s likely to be messy and I’ll have to heal the damage I do pulling it out once it’s done.â€
â€œOkay.â€ Daniel said. â€œLet’s do this.â€
Alaryia nodded and laid her hand on his forehead. There was a soft brush in his mind and everything faded to black.