Sam and I took off full speed towards the door. My legs being longer than hers, I ended up dragging her a good percentage of the time.
We made it out of the hotel, and Sam suddenly stopped. “What about Butler? We can’t just leave him.”
That statement was so incredulous I almost started laughing. Or maybe it was just stress. “Butler can take care of himself,” I said.
“Even so, he said not to leave without him,” Sam said, crossing her arms. “Are you saying we should disobey his direct orders?”
“Sam, I don’t think those rules apply to when we’re being chased by that pixie’s minions,” I said. I was getting more than a little impatient. “Now come on, we need to go before they catch up to us.”
“Where are we going to go?” she demanded.
“Easy,” I said. “Koboi is sending people after us. She obviously wants us there. We’ve already for a plan. We’re going to Koboi Enterprises.”
“That would be a good idea, but our plan involves Butler,” Sam said. “We can’t do it without him.”
“Then we’ll have to improvise,” I said. “Now seriously, come on. We’re wasting time.”
She nodded. “Right.”
We started running again.
It took us over three hours to reach Koboi Enterprises again, and that was running over half the time. By the time we got there, Sam and I were both gasping for air.
“Sit and relax for a minute,” I managed to get out. “Then we’ll go in.”
She didn’t need to be told twice. She collapsed on the ground, and I sat down beside her.
We sat there for a few minutes as we caught our breath. “You okay?” I asked her, once I could talk again.
She nodded. “Yeah. I think I just needed a break.”
“Good.” I looked at the building and drew in a breath. “Ready?”
“Yeah,” she said. “I’m ready. Lets go kick some pixie butt and save Holly and Artemis.”
“That’s the spirit,” I said.
We walked up to the building. “You think it will be unlocked?” she asked.
“One way to find out,” I said, and pushed on the door. It didn’t open.
Sam rolled her eyes. “Hey, Genius Boy, try pulling the handle.” She reached out and tugged at it, and the door opened right away.
“I knew that,” I muttered.
She shook her head and rolled her eyes as she held the door open for me. “Okay, do you have any idea where we’re going? The last thing we need is to get lost and be discovered by that pixie.”
“That’s true,” I agreed. “If we can find our way back to the main hallway, into that room where Opal found us the last time, I should be able to find the way back to the cell we were in from there.”
“Should,” Sam said. “Hardly reassuring.”
I said nothing. “Come on.”
We walked down the hallways, trying to find our way back into that main room. It took us about a hour and many wrong turns, but eventually we did. “Okay,” I said. “I can find it from here.”
Sam nodded, but didn’t say anything. There wasn’t really anything to say.
We walked down a few hallways and around a few corners, until I told Sam to stop. We were standing in front of a door. A door to the room I was fairly confident was the room Opal had been using as a cell for us.
I took a deep breath. “I think this is it,” I said. Sam nodded. I reached out and tugged on the handle.