Drabble: Danger Beyond The Wall
My attempt for the July prompt ‘tears’.
~Danger Beyond The Wall~
She didn’t know which was more embarrassing. That she had slipped and stumbled down the hill, or that she might die because of a few tiny tears in her armour.
There was a very good reason why a full body armour was part of their uniform. Beyond the city wall was the domain of monsters, each protected by skin as tough as the wall and armed with claws sharp enough to tear through it like cardboard.
But the monster she tumbled into didn’t just have sharp claws. Toxin coated its claws, and the colourless slime seeped through the tears into her skin, where it sunk into her bloodstream and spread to the rest of her body.
First was a liquid fire pain, which evolved into sharp spikes of lava needles, then white-hot chains that clamped tightly around her. The toxin was easily treatable back in the city, but alone and far away from medical help, it turned her into easy prey.
One of her teammates hopped down between her and the dead monster. The rest soon followed. She released a sigh she hadn’t realised she’d been holding.
Looks like she wasn’t going to die today.