He kicked the door shut behind him, tossed the card key somewhere and flicked on the lights. He gently guided Jesse over to the bed and sat her down on it. Falling down on his knees, he untied Jesse’s sneakers and slid them off of her. He placed them carefully next to the bed so that when she woke up, she would see them.
Nicki pulled down the covers halfway, picked Jesse up, once more amazed at how light she was, and placed her on the bed, drawing the covers up under her chin.
“I’m going now, so you can rest,” he said to her and smoothed her flaming red hair back from her forehead that was colored with the blood from earlier. “Thank you,” he said as he stood up and started for the door.