Michaels sat on the tailgate of the truck, his face empty. Laura was in his lap, crying softly as he held her. Magda swallowed past the lump that has risen in her own throat. Even knowing the man as short a time as she had, she knew something precious had been lost. Not for the first time, she regretted coming to this city. “He told Gabriel it was good to see him again.” She turned at the sound of Daniel’s voice. He looked like a lost little boy as he leaned on the tree next to Matthias. When he saw her looking, he shrugged. “Ryuu. He knew. How could he know?”
“I once asked Ryuu how old he was.” Magda exhaled. “He said the Cenozoic era was boring, but things picked up during the Cretaceous period. I was never entirely sure if he was kidding.”
“We…” Michaels stood, and set Laura down. “Assholes still have Ash. Let’s go find him. Get me a likeness or something of Sima and I’ll start on the desk clerks at the hotels. Someone will have seen her.”
“Michaels…” Magda started to put a hand on his arm.
He pulled away, and shook his head. Then he squared his shoulders. “Someone needs help, and I’m still a fucking cop. Gabriel and I swore to serve and protect. Now let’s go get the rest of these fucks.”
“Semper Fi.” Matthias straightened. “Let’s go.”
“Gabriel would help.” Laura nodded, drawing herself up to her full height. “Ash is in trouble. Let’s save him.”
Magda nodded, then met Michaels’ eyes. “Thank you.” She put an arm around Laura as the girl hugged her. “Thank you both.”