"But we are outside, Elixir," Dust said.
"Then I'm still d-dreaming! Yeah, that's it! I'm dreaming!"
I hauled off and slapped myself hard in the face. "Ow!" I looked up and saw Apocalypse landing in front of me. I slapped myself again. I didn't wake up. The big blue guy was still there. In fact, he reached out and grabbed me around the neck with one over-sized hand. He raised me up into the air and pulled me towards him.
"And what is your power, little one?" his booming voice asked.
"Uh . . I . . uh . . heal poeple."
"Pathetic! If a warrior is injured in battle then they do not deserve healing!" He squeezed me neck harder. I almost passed out. "Perhaps I will make you one of my Horsemen. I could subvert your power and make you my Pestilence!"
"Uh (gasp) w-whatever, dude (gasp), just let me go!"
He looked at me with disdain. "You are far too weak to be of use to me. I will simply kill you!"
His grip started to tighten around my neck. I could feel my bones start cracking. Just then Dust's body disolved. She turned into a whirlwind of sand and quickly blasted Apocalypse's face. Surprised, the giant let go of me. I dropped hard to the ground and fought to get my breath back.
Dust kept up her attack, swarming around his head. He started making gacking noises. She was choking him! Then his hands started glowing. He pointed them at his head and fired - blasting himself in the face. He was stunned but Dust the energy made Dust's body reform and she fell to my side.
"Pathetic *gack* worms! You will pay for your insolence!"
Apocalypse's hands started glowing again and this time he pointed them at us.