I woke up a while later (not sure how much later) and realized it was starting to get dark out. "Are we there yet?" I heard Jazz ask on from the other side of the car.
"Almost." Chad replied, sounding a little tired. I looked around and saw buildings fly by. Gas stations, hotels, restaurants... My stomach growled as we passed a Bob Evans.
"Can we stop for some food?" I asked.
"We already did." Jessie said, handing me a bag. I looked inside and the thing was full of food. Good smelling food. Unhealthy food, but good smelling food. I pulled out some fries and started eating like there was no tomorrow. (Which with my life, there might not be.) I finished off the fries and unwrapped a burger and started to chomp down on it. It was so good. I was almost afraid to keep looking out the window after seeing Ari, but it was so weird to look at things going by this fast at ground level. I was ready to get out and fly, though...being in cars made me feel all squashed and stuff.
"Are we there yet?" Jazz asked again. I looked over at her and smiled.
"We'll get there when we get there!" Chad said, squeezing the steering wheel tight. He took a deep breath and made a nice right turn.
"Are you just gonna drop us off in Ohio?" I asked, looking around. These guys should have been heading home by now.
"No, we're taking you to the closest hospital, dropping you off, and then leaving." Chad answered. "You're on your own from there." He still sounded kinda agitated, and I assumed Jazz had something to do with that.
"I wish we could stay with you longer, though..." Jessie said as she looked down at her hands. I was almost done eating by this time, I was just finishing off a little apple pie thingy.
"Yeah, it's been kinda cool to hang out with a fan." I said with my mouth full. Jessie smiled at me.
"Really?" She asked, obviously wondering if I was lying.
"Yep." I replied, taking another bite of my apple pie. Jessie's smile widened.
"Okay, NOW we're here." Chad said, pulling into a hospital parking lot. "We'll come in with you guys to see if they're here." He said as he parked the car. We unbuckled our seat belts and got out of the car. I almost ran inside, but I refrained from that.
We got inside and I walked right up to the front desk. "Hi, I'm wondering if you've seen a group of-"
"MAX!" I heard my voice called and spun around to see Angel running at me, her arms out wide.
"Angel!" I yelled, scooping her up in my arms. I hugged her tight and she hugged me back.
"I missed you so much!" She said. I could tell her voice was breaking.
"I missed you too, baby." I whispered to her. Gazzy was hugging me now, too, and the others from the other group were walking towards me. I counted heads and realized Fang, Nudge, and Iggy were missing.
"Where's Fang, Nudge, and Ig?" I asked, looking down at Gazzy.
"Nudge and Fang are in Iggy's room." He replied, not letting go of me.
"We haven't talked to him, so we don't know how he's doing." Angel said, reading my mind. I put her down and Jazz and Jessie walked over.
"Guys, I'd like you to meet Jessie, one of my biggest fans." I said, putting an arm around Jessie's shoulder. She stared at everyone with her mouth hanging open for a minute. Finally, she spoke.
"EEEEEEEEP!!" She squealed and everyone covered their ears. "I'm, like, the luckiest girl EVER!" Jazz smiled as Jessie continued. "I'm sooo happy to meet you guys!" Jessie shook Gazzy's hand then went on to Angel. Angel smiled and Gazzy looked at Jessie like she was insane. Jessie then turned to me, a big smile smacked onto her face. "I wanna meet Fang and Nudge! And Iggy! Pleaaaase Max?" She asked, looking at me with Bambi eyes, much like Angel's. I sighed then smiled.
"I guess that can be my thank you to you." I said, turning around to look at the woman behind the desk. Angel spoke up, though.
"Can they go see Timothy?" She asked. I looked down at her with a "thanks" expression on my face. She smiled.
"If the other two come out." The lady replied. Angel closed her eyes for a moment, and a minute later, Fang and Nudge appeared walking through the double doors on the other side of the room. I ran at Fang and Nudge and hugged the two of them tight. Fang stiffened up a bit but Nudge hugged me tighter than ever.
"Max! I missed you sooo much!" She said, squeezing me tight.
"I missed you guys too." I said, burying my face in her hair. Fang loosened up a bit and gave me a small hug. I smiled a little wider. "Oh, there's someone here who wants to meet you guys." I said after a moment. I stepped to the side and Jessie smiled at them. Fang gave me a confused look and I shrugged. "She's a big fan." I said simply.
"EEEEEP!" Jessie said, running forward. "Hi, I'm Jessie! I'm a huge fan!" She said, looking between the two of them. Fang gave her a look that was kind of like the one Gazzy gave her, but Nudge smiled.
"Nice to meet you." Nudge said, shaking Jessie's hand. Jessie shook her hand then turned to Fang. Her expression suddenly changed from ecstatic to angry. She suddenly smacked Fang on the shoulder and he jumped in surprise. I was surprised too, I'll admit.
"What was that for?" Fang asked, rubbing his shoulder.
"For book four and what you did in Antarctica with Brigid! How could you do that to Max, you jerk?!" Jessie said angrily. I couldn't help but laugh at Fang's bewildered expression. He'd never been smacked by a fangirl before. Jessie then turned to me and smiled again.
"Can I go meet Iggy now?" She asked me.
"As long as you don't hit him..." Fang mumbled, still rubbing his shoulder.
"Sure, let's go." I said. I took a deep breath and Fang walked forward to lead us to Iggy's room. This was the moment of truth... I desperately hoped Iggy was okay...