Beckendorf joins us on the airship and we start forward, only to be halted by a loud shattering sound.
"I can go check on the airship." I say to Beckendorf, "It'll be fine."
"I'll go with her." Dela says, "You guys take care of the survivors and check out the cargo for anything suspicious."
I walk over to the ship, Dela close behind, and see what had caused the noise. It was her little monster of a cat, and it had been in my cheesecake. I walked over to where I had stored it and looked inside. Everything was gone. Everything!
I felt my sanity slipping away even as I took a deep breath and turned around. "Why is your cat in my stuff. Why can't it just stay out of my belongings and leave me alone!"
"Calm down, Newroad, it's not the end of the world," Dela says, her tone patronizing.
And in that moment I knew I wouldn't be able to do it. I physically could not survive on this airship without throwing either Dela or her monster overboard.
So I went for the cat.
I grab at it, only to be scratched on the hand. Dela, who quickly figures out what I'm about to do, slams me against the wall.
"I won't let you do it." She hisses. "You're not touching my-"
I slam my elbow into her nose and watch as she staggers back, blood now flowing from her nose. After a moment's hesitation, I run to the edge of the Skysnipers' Fury and look down at the vast blue sea below, the cat still fighting in my hand.
Another moment's hesitation, which was a big mistake. In that moment, I gave Dela time to give a game-changing blow.
She barreled into me and I fell off the airship.
At the last second I reach out and grab at thin air, miraculously managing to take hold of the railing.
"You realize I still have your cat." I say, a faint smile on my face.
Dela looks down at me, her eyes glittering with something I probably had in my eyes too. Insanity.
"If you hand me my cat. I might spare your life." She says, her voice dangerously low.
I chuckle, "Might. The key word. No, Dela. I have nothing to lose. Absolutely nothing."
I release the cat and watch it fall until it becomes no more than a dot against the blue sea. Dela screams in rage and glares at me, venom in her eyes. "You will pay, Newroad. I swear you will pay."
I feel my grasp slipping, even as she reaches out to pry my fingers off the railing. In one final, stupid act I gather all my strength and grab Dela's wrist, pulling her over the side with me.
We are now dangling together, and I had the sudden urge to make some cheesy pun about it.
"Do it." Dela says, her eyes pleading with mine.
"What? The pun?" I ask, glancing down at her.
"No." She whispers angrily and I smile. Typical Dela, annoyed with me till the end.
I nod, and we share a rare, understanding glance. I look up to the others who are now crowded above us and wink.
Then I let go.