CHAPTER 45: FATHERS AND DAUGHTERS
Isabella seemed to not even notice him, and ran out into the field of dust. She could feel the grains of the dead on her bare feet like sand but she paid it no mind. She glanced around. Nothing.
She bit her lip so hard it almost bled.
Cole stood there, leaning against a wall and struggling to breath. She couldn’t believe it, he was half dead with exhaustion and he had actually run after her.
Then she realised that he was pointing behind her.
She turned, and her heart broke a little with happiness. Footprints, leading through the dust, away from the chamber.
“He’s fine, kid.” Cole wheezed “He made it. He probably didn’t feel like staying and chatting with Mabus. You know how awkward these reunions can be.”
“He’s alright.” Isabella whispered.
“He’ll be back.” Cole promised her “Just give some time to lick his wounds. Come one.”
He stretched out a hand to her and she took shelter under his arm as they walked back to the courtyard.
On an impulse, she gave him a hug.
He hissed like a kettle “For the love of God, please don’t do that.”