As Archie turned to stand I kicked him hard between the shoulders and he fell heavily onto the ground.
"Now!" I yelled to Doug.
Doug pushed me away.
"Not yet, you idiot!" he shouted into my face.
I don't know if it was the noise of his shouting or the fact that in that moment he looked like he hated me, but I felt my insides thicken, harden and become totally rigid. Behind me I heard the trees of Lastwailing Wood scream their angers and frustrations into the air - we needed a sacrifice and we'd never get a better time!