Fear clutched at Melanie's heart as Astra's head drooped lower and lower, her eyes unfocused and her movements sluggish and infrequent. "Astra," she yelled, jerking her body so that it hit the Valkyrie's. Astra's head snapped up and she looked around dazedly. "Huh?" she murmured, "Keep kicking!" Melanie commanded, using her most forceful tone. "I order you to keep kicking." The years of training ingrained into Astra paid off as she automatically nodded and the pace of her kicks quickened.

Fear clutched at Melanie's heart as Astra's head drooped lower and lower, her eyes unfocused and her movements sluggish and infrequent. "Astra," she yelled, jerking her body so that it hit the Valkyrie's. Astra's head snapped up and she looked around dazedly. "Huh?" she murmured, "Keep kicking!" Melanie commanded, using her most forceful tone. "I order you to keep kicking." The years of training ingrained into Astra paid off as she automatically nodded and the pace of her kicks quickened.

“My soul is full of longing for the secret of the sea, and the heart of the great ocean sends a thrilling pulse through me.”

“My soul is full of longing for the secret of the sea, and the heart of the great ocean sends a thrilling pulse through me.”

"Get up Gloria!" Christian tried to push her up but she just slid from his reach once more. "No, I'm gonna lay here in the street til a car runs me over. Go away."

"Get up Gloria!" Christian tried to push her up but she just slid from his reach once more. "No, I'm gonna lay here in the street til a car runs me over. Go away."

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