By Charlie Fletcher
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As though to substantiate his fears, the puppy selected that second to lunge for him. George simply had time to duck because the gnashing the teeth handed overhead, after which the realm tipped and lurched because the puppy hit Spout’s wing as an alternative, in a crunching collision of stone on stone. The effect spun Spout on his axis, so his wingtips have been pointing directly up on the sky and down on the flooring because the skyline pitched from horizontal to vertical in a gut-wrenching roll that threatened to capsize them. George threw his weight opposed to the course of the roll, desperately attempting to cease them from tipping over thoroughly, and Spout grunted explosively as he clawed with one wing in basic terms, grabbing air at the different aspect and forcing them the best method up. it should have labored if the dog-gargoyle had now not been in a position to flip so sharply on the finish of every of his assaults. It stood on one wingtip, pirouetted gracefully, then hurtled again in, this time ignoring George and aiming for the a lot larger aim of Spout’s flailing wing. It didn’t snarl or try and chew; it simply hit the wing and positioned all its inbound weight into canceling Spout’s makes an attempt to correct himself. It hit him so difficult that Spout spun like a propeller, as soon as, two times, approximately thrice round. the area and the sky above it cartwheeled earlier George’s eyes; all he may do used to be carry on. As Spout approximately went over for the 3rd time, George received his grip taken care of out good adequate that he used to be capable of try and counter the spin via once again throwing himself within the other way. It wouldn’t have labored besides, simply because his weight was once lots lighter than the spinning mass of stone, yet what it did was once worse than failure. through leaning out from the physique of the cat-gargoyle, he uncovered himself. The puppy barked victoriously, then swooped in and smartly picked him off Spout’s again with a savage snap of its jaws. George had time to believe the effect on his higher arm, a deep crushing sensation slightly below his armpit, after which he may well see Spout shedding away under him because the puppy soared better into the sky, growling in victory. The strain the place the puppy had him in its jaws was once giant. It bought worse because it began shaking him like a terrier attacking a rat. He stared in horror at his arm, understanding that it could actually no longer face up to the stone fangs, and used to be approximately to be torn off on the armpit. He scrabbled for the hammer at the strap round his different wrist, making an attempt with a final and determined succeed in of his flailing fingertips to get a grip at the one weapon that will shop him; yet prior to his hand may locate the wood deal with, he heard the sickening crunch on his arm and knew that the puppy had bitten throughout the bone. The puppy stopped shaking him, and he had a glimpse of his arm in its mouth, after which the puppy yelped and grabbed him with a talon because it shook its head and spat whatever out. For a second George couldn’t determine what it was once, after which he observed the space within the dog’s tooth and discovered that the tiny grey nub of stone falling to the floor some distance lower than was once one of many dog’s entrance fangs. The crunch he had heard were the enamel breaking, no longer his arm being shorn off.