Julia turned her attention back to Yuli, who was still holding their ground. The dog-then-fox-thing let out a harrowing yell, but the monster only hissed in return and reared up on two legs.
“Oh, you think you’re going to beat us at intimidation?” Julia scoffed. She seemed more than ready to jump into the fray. Phoebe wondered why she wasn’t going after the wildebeest-headed man, but then realized that he was nowhere to be seen. He had taken advantage of all the commotion to escape through the back door of the car, which led to nothing but wilderness rendered a blur by the train’s speed.
Phoebe swung her attention back around to the witch. All she had to do was restrain the creature and then she could undo the Consumption. Fix this mess. But just as Yuli looked ready to finish the job, the car violently lurched without warning. Steel fought against steel, bumping and grating. A deafening screech filled Phoebe’s ears as gravity tossed her against a wall. Her immediate reaction was don’t fall against someone, don’t fall against someone, and she put all her strength into re-steadying herself. Eyes scanning the room, she saw that her rescuers had both suffered a similar fate, and had tripped over the now-fallen trunk.
“God, what’s going on now?” Julia spoke breathlessly as she tried to stand up. The car lurched again, “Fuck, Yuli, something’s wrong with the train. Okay, what if we get the girl into that box and then…” her voice was overtaken by more screeching.