Part 1699 – Another Encounter With Kalyla In An Elevator.

Robin entered the elevator.

He wanted to see me.

He missed me.

Robin punched the button for the first floor.

“Well, yeah. Of course, he missed me when he weren’t even sane no more.” He closed his eyes and leaned his head back against the wall. “How’m I gonna tell Mom about all this? I don’t fully get what happened. I shoulda pestered him for more details.”

But I did my usual push away and run.

I always do that.

The elevator stopped.

Robin opened his eyes as the door slid open.

Kalyla came aboard. He smiled brightly at Robin. “Hi! Long time no see.”

Robin shuffled away from him. “Hi yourself.”

Kalyla hit the button for the second floor.

The elevator resumed its descent.

The fey looked over at Robin and tilted his head. “You aren’t happy to see me?”

Robin bristled. “Why would I be?”

Kalyla blinked quickly. “I don’t understand.”

“Welcome to the freakin’ club. There’s so much I don’t unnerstand it makes me wanna throw up ev’rywhere.”

“Do you want to talk about it?”


And I’m back to pushin’ and shovin’ away.

Robin let out a heavy sigh. “Okay, fine. Whatever. My dad’s clone died. Okay? We didn’t have a good relationship. Matter of fact, our relationship stunk. Stunk bad like a skunk. He died wantin’ to see me and I didn’t come. I didn’t even know.”

“I’m sorry.”

Robin folded his arms across his chest. “That ain’t the part to be sorry for. I gotta go tell my mom that Dad’s gone up and died all over again and I don’t even unnerstand all the details. I ain’t got a clue what I’m gonna say to her.”

The elevator stopped at the second floor.

“You could tell me about it.” Kalyla said.

“What’s the use? You got better things to do than listen to me.”

“Not really. I’m on break right now.” He unfolded his wings and flapped them.

The familiar gesture was like a knife to Robin’s gut.

Isellta. If he were here now…

If he were here.

“Do you want me to turn into him again?” Kalyla asked.

The elevator door slid open.

Yes. Turn into Isellta. I need to see him.

But it ain’t right.


Kalyla smiled kindly. “I can do it if you want.”

I need to see him.

“I. I don’t know. I.”

I wanna hear him say my name.

I wanna feel his touch.


It ain’t him.

It ain’t real.

It’s all just tricks and make believe.

It won’t be him.


The elevator door gave up and slid closed.

“If you don’t want me to do it, I understand.”

“Stupid fey. I didn’t say I ain’t wantin’ you to do it.” Robin fidgeted.

Kalyla waited.

I need to see him.

I want him to hold me.

I want him to comfort me.

Even if it ain’t really him.

Robin bowed his head. “Do it.”

“Are you sure?”

He nodded.

Kalyla walked over to him.

Robin clenched and unclenched his hands.

He’s gonna touch me.

It won’t be him.

He’s gonna say my name.

It won’t be him.

It ain’t real.

It ain’t real.

It ain’t—

A hand with long, slender fingers came to rest on the side of his face. “Robin.”

The familiar soft lilt made Robin’s leg muscles tremble. He looked up.

He couldn’t help himself.

He had to look up at him. “‘sellta.”

The fey smiled and flapped his wings.

Robin cried out and embraced him. “Isellta. My ‘sellta.”

Isellta hugged him. “Robin.”

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