The hospital loomed large and wide like a castle on steroids.
Finding Robin in that whole complex will not be easy. But it would be even harder if I had no sense of smell. If he’s somewhere in that building, I’ll find him.
She strode towards the main entrance.
I will find Robin for Isellta.
Hildreth parked the car and unbuckled his seatbelt.
“Do you want me to call Jeff to let him know we’re here?” Elsie asked as she unbuckled her seatbelt.
“Nah. We’ll just show up unannounced. Pleasantly surprise him.”
Something in his voice caught her ear. She shot a concerned look at him. “Are you okay?”
“Yeah. Just worried about Jeff. He’s a pretty tough guy. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen him fight, but he can kick vampires with the best of the best. We hunters lost a good one when he retired.”
“But when he gets hurt, he gets hurt bad. He gets devastated. I remember how he was after he’d staked Master Initskay. If Laura hadn’t come into his life, who knows what would have happened?”
“What will he do if his daughter dies?”
Hildreth looked straight ahead at the hospital. “He’d never forgive himself. He’d lose himself in an endless cycle of blame and regret. I know. I know he would.” His voice softened as he said, “I would.”
Elsie spread her hand on his knee, which was all it took to make him look back at her. “Don’t you get lost in your thoughts, Mayhew.”
He smiled a slow smile.
“Jeff needs you. Let’s go inside. Okay?”
As soon as Maelin entered the hospital, she caught a whiff of Robin’s tangerine scent. She smiled wide. “Jay. Isellta. I found him.”
She followed the scent.
Hildreth got out of the car and came around to Elsie’s side. He opened the door for her. “After you, my lady.”
She stepped out of the car. “After me, huh? Seems more like I’m after you.”
He smiled lovingly. “Never, Els. Not ever. You’ll always be first.”
She grabbed the front of his shirt. “If you don’t kiss me, I’ll shove you up against the car.”
“Oh, dear! What a dilemma! Whatever will I do?” He struck a drama pose. “To kiss or not to kiss, now that! That is the question.”
She shoved him against the door to the back seat.
He let out a surprised laugh.
“Don’t ask questions, Mayhew. Just kiss me.”
“Ooo. Elsie Vansing usin’ my last name like a boss. Mm mmm mm.” He grinned. “I’ll just have to kiss you.”
He grabbed her wrists and, in a couple of deft moves, switched places with her so she was the one pinned to the door. “Now, I will kiss you.”
And so he did.
Maelin followed the scent to the elevator.
She pressed the call button and waited.
“I don’t know which floor he’s on, but I’ll figure it out.”