United Chapter 52When David arrived at the hospital, pulling into his private parking spot, his rationale had returned. He'd considered calling Chase and apologizing for his abrupt departure but such thoughts were driven from his mind by the main desk receptionist who hailed him as he walked into the foyer.
“Director? Doctor Egan is waiting for you in his office. He needs to speak to you about one of your patients.”
David rubbed his temples, trying to dispel the headache that had been forming all morning, likely a residual effect from the party. He nodded, turned, heading down the corridor to his right and was soon knocking on the door to his office. When he walked in, the receptionist, a smartly dressed middle-aged woman, looked up from her computer, fingers paused above the keyboard.
“Helen.” David smiled.
“Doctor Wells. Go right in, he's been waiting for you.”
Robert Egan was poised over a file spread open on his desk, forehead in hand. When David closed the door
United Chapter 51The day had dawned gray, heavy with the threat of snow, the drear air seeming a mirror of their mood as they sat side by side on the wagon seat.
From the start, everything that could go wrong had done so. A short time after Eidra had fallen asleep, Cait had awoke, crying piteously, rubbing her gums against her knuckles. Eidra had taken her up and brought her out to the common room, rekindling the coals into a low fire and sitting to nurse her but she had rejected the nipple. Eidra had fetched the wooden rattle, set soft blankets down before the hearth and lay with Cait, letting her teethe until at last she fell asleep again.
No sooner had she drifted off beside her when Loki had knelt down, telling her it was time to rise. She had carried a sleeping Cait gingerly into Sally's room, placing her in Sally's waiting arms. By the time she had returned to the common room, Fen had awakened and was pleading with Loki that he be allowed to go with them on the trip. Whether Cait had kept him awa
United Chapter 49He watched the little towns pass by in one continuous blur as he reclined in the back of the black Escalade. Even after two weeks, whenever he thought about shaking Loki's hand, passing his muster, he felt empowered like he'd faced the biggest challenge of his life and won the prize.
There was no doubt he'd been scared. Before Loki had arrived, the only image Chase had retained of him had been the crazed father ready to drag his daughter bodily out of the school. When he was finally before him, he was simply a man, a father, charismatic, serious but still nothing more. Brenna had warned that he was powerful, yet he'd displayed no feats of strength, he'd cast no spells and Chase found he actually liked him.
After the visit, Brenna seemed to become more positive, cheerful even, as if a great weight had been lifted from her soul. That Christmas had been the best one of his life hands down. They had spent Christmas eve and the whole next day together with the small group of kids who had st
United Chapter 48Sophie showed Eidra and an amazed Helgi about the kitchen as Brenna took the chickens from the refrigerator, stealing a glance every so often at her father who stood at the other side of the island with a pensive look upon his face. Chase had drawn out a cutting board and was chopping potatoes, tossing them into a pot before him. Lily sat at one of the tables with Cait who was now awake and had been given a spoon to play with.
“And you make the flame with a turn of this circle?” Helgi bent over, “These symbols, what do they mean?”
“That's how you set the temperature.” Sophie took hold of one of the circles and turned it to three seventy-five, listening as the pilot lit.
“Inconceivable.” She muttered as Eidra smiled, “Imagine no wood to chop?”
Brenna slid down to Chase, aware that her father was watching them, “You did very well.”
Chase frowned, “Did I? I can't tell, he hasn't said anything yet.”