"No sweat, we'll be back in the village before you know it"
He kissed her on the forehead, as both a sign of good luck and because he felt like it could be the last time he would see her when they entered this God forsaken cave.
"Stay close behind me and be ready to run if things get out of hand, no matter what ok? You just run and don't look back, leave me behind if you have too"
Then he pressed on into the cave before she could reply, keeping silent, his sword held out in front of him, eyes and ears peeled for the hissing sounds he had heard the night before, soon they were heard and he stopped.
"Ok, here we go, luck to us both sweet Shie"
Then he stepped forward into the cave opening, he was confronted by hundreds of beady red eyes and rows and rows of teeth.
He spoke softly at the demons and then ran into them with the speed of a dervish, cutting down five of the demons instantly and then cutting through more and more with each swing, he took minor hits and cuts as he went through them, but he was holding his own much better than he had before when he had handled the group back in the town. Maybe The Gods had given him renewed energy and tougher skin for this task, either way, he was handling the matter much better, the sword enhanced by the runes engraved by Shie, burning and cutting through demons like paper and still they came, three more springing forward for everyone of their brethren that fell.
"Shie, how are you doing?"
He didn't know if Shie could hear him or not, he was surrounded by demons trying to slash and hack at him, only being moderatly successful, he was bleeding lightly from several cuts on his chest and arms, but he wasn't nearly as bad, he and Shie had the advantage, the demons were eager to tear the two of them to shreds and were getting in each others way, impairing the amount of damage they could deal.