The moment his legs gave he knew that time was runnning out. Trying to force his body to get up, the young prince stilled when a new heartbeat joined the ones already present. His eyes opened slowly to find a woman standing atop his ice wall, her features hidden under a hood. He watched dazedly as the ice began to melt, his body spasming as a trail of fire coiled in his stomach. The words spoken between all three floated around the air, Byrce's mind clouding with pain from the poison as well as exhaustion from using so much power.
The sound of Bearded-man's weapon being loaded and a buzz of electricity had his body jerking. Eyes snapping open the young prince rose shakily to his feet, ears pinned to hus skull as the world spun dangerously at the movement. His lips parted in a snarl as he watched both approaching, golden eyes flicking to the sides in search of Thea. His heart stopped when he found her bound, anger welling in his chest.
With a snarl that echoed in the silwnce of the forest, Bryce lunged towards both men. His speed was slower then normal and his mind a jumbled mess of thoughts. An icy-chill seeped from his fur in an expulsion of mist, needle-sharp spikes forming before rushing forward in an attempt to slow them down. Byrce jumped up and dodged the sword-tipped weapon, jaws re-claiming the hold he had before on Bearded-man's arm. Twisting his head he jumped back and called his ability forward, a spike of ice forming mid-air and piercing the fabric that protected the arm he held. Warmth flooded his mouth as the spike met bone and skin, Bryce jerking back and pausing for a second as the spike multiplied and peirced Bearded-man's other arm and legs. Heading for the other male with teeth bared, Byrce ducked and allowed his power to lash out. Hardened ice in the form of whips collided with the younger male's knees, the young prince never stopping as he headed for Thea.
His limbs felt like lead weights.
Every breath seemed to expand his lungs but never enough to lessen his panting. His vision swimming in and out of focus as he ran forward, the pounding of his heart deafing in his ears. His power lashed forward one more time before his legs buckled, his body rolling until he landed on his side. Lungs trying furiously to fill him with air he couldn't seem to take in, head lolling in an attempt to catch a glimpse of Thea. His dimming vision managed to catch a glimpse of crimson before darkness tugged him under.
His last thought echoing almost mockingly within his mind.
I'm sorry...I failed you...