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I lunged, aiming the point of my sword at the spot where the crone's heart should be. I'd hoped to catch her by surprise but perhaps she read my mind, or perhaps my desperate expression betrayed my intention. Whatever, her bony fingers closed around my blade, anchoring it solidly in mid-air and stopping me in mid-thrust. The shock damn near dislocated my shoulder. She wrenched the sword from my grasp and threw it away. A greater demonstration of her confidence would have been difficult to devise. She feared me not at all, this ancient vampyre, and in doing so caused me to fear her all the more.