No sooner did Eris hit the floor did she spot her amulet lying several yards away. Ignoring Creek Mary's cries to rejoin them, she crawled swiftly across the floor to avoid the guard's attention and reached out for it. A slender boot then stepped down on both her hand and the amulet, causing Eris to scream. She looked up at her tormentor to find it was Kai-Ta, smiling coldly. "Belraad can't protect you now." She nodded toward the window. Eris looked just in time to see the assassin fall. Damn. Eris gulped and cringed, trying not to scream as the Mystic applied enough presssure to break her hand. "It's truly ironic that you're so simple." Kai-Ta leaned down. "I could render your mind asunder, completely destroy you...and yet...I have no need." She plucked the amulet out from beneath her foot, Eris's palm. "Your whole life falls apart without this." "Don't," Eris uttered thickly. "You have no right." "And what right do you have? Pesky street urchin. You're just a thief. Not worth a moment of anyone's time. Not even your mother's, I assume." She grinned. "You bitch!" She reached up for the amulet, but was torn completely in half by pain as Kai-Ta managed to break her fingers with a twist of her ankle. Eris' vision suddenly went white as Kai-Ta kicked her in the face with her other foot, then completely kicked her aside. Spread-eagled, Eris watched as the Mystic threw the amulet at the window. It glimmered in the sunlight, and then dropped from view, following Belraad into the deep, dark ocean. And then, Kai-Ta melted into the chaos around them, and she couldn't see her anymore. "No!" She dragged herself to her feet, and began to limp towards the window with a wild notion of jumping after it--but Creek Mary's long arms grabbed her bodily and pulled her backward. "Are you mad? Galathrist will kill you before the sea will!" the priestess cried. "Leave me alone! This is your fault!" She accused, though she really couldn't justify exactly why it was Creek Mary's fault. "We must hurry out of here! Come!" She dragged her towards the door. They went unchallenged, Dead Boy tearing asunder all who stood in their path. "Adrius! Quickly!"