Li harbored no delusions his quarry would be easily vanquished. Sorcerers who followed the Tao of the Left were known to be cunning, resourceful and exceptionally brutal.
Having been the target of three supernatural attacks in as many days, he was scarcely surprised when the rending groan presaged the attack of the stone demon. Swimming in and out of the pavement, its sinuous movement belied its speed.
This story was written for the weekly Friday Fictioneers flash fiction prompt based on a photo by David Stewart.