Her team was a blur of speed as an earth-shattering round of explosions erupted behind them, the screaming of the Xul cut short as fire and falling debris snuffed out their lives. They were running as fast as they could, but they were slowed by having to dodge the chunks of ceiling and walls that fell all around them. The fire roared behind them, snapping at their heels, its heat sizzling the air and burning their lungs.
We've got to get out of here! Sanaan thought, feeling her boots start to melt in the heat, Corinne alternately coughing and screaming in her ear. We've got to go, got to go, got to—
The air shimmered in front of her, turning the hallway into distorted waves of color, but she had no time to think about it—the fire almost had them. She plunged through the distortion, the rest of her team right on her heels.
Dizziness overcame her, and her stomach dropped. The world bent and folded around her, the sight disorienting her and making her nauseous. Just when she thought she was about to puke a puddle of blood all over herself, she tumbled onto solid ground, Corinne grunting as she was thrown from Sanaan's back. Sanaan heard similar sounds as the rest of her team landed on—grass?