The frigid Minnesota winter air whipped around Millie.
It chilled her right to her bones, she pulled her coat tighter around herself.
To keep her mind off of the cold she looked outward onto the vast frozen lake and forest beyond it.
The trees were so frozen icicles had begun to form on them.
Everything was so white it almost shined.
It truly was a breath taking sight.
Sitting to the right hand side of the lake was a towering white wooden and glass house.
The house belonged to Mary Rice.
She was Paladin and also David's mother.
It had taken them two months of looking but David and Millie were finally able to locate Mary's home.
A hour and half of staring out onto the snowy and gorgeous sight she heard foot falls behind her and turned around.
When she did she saw David coming toward her he was wearing a look of utter devastation.
Immediately sensing his distress Millie went to him and reached out her hands for his.
He took them gratefully.
She wrapped her arms around his neck and kissed him warmly.
Millie looked at him and asked concernedly "Are you okay, sweetheart?"
David buried his face in her hair and inhaled deeply.
He tenderly pushed her hair out of her eyes.
Finally David smiled slightly and replied reassuringly "Yeah, I'm okay."
She threaded her arms around his waist and gripped him softly yet firmly.
Millie asked worriedly "Are you sure you're all right?"
David kissed her passionately and replied assuredly "Yes, I'm sure Mil."
She shivered and said cheerfully "Well I'm glad, because I am completely freezing, can we please go someplace warm?"
David threw back his head and laughed.
Once he stopped laughing he slid his right hand in her own.
David looked at her and asked happily "Where do you want to go?"
She grinned at him and replied lovingly "Surprise me."
Before they left Millie wound her arms around his neck again.
She leaned her head against his and kissed him gently.
He smiled and gingerly tucked her hair behind her right ear.
David kissed her warmly and said adoringly "I love you, you know."
Millie grinned and replied happily "I love you, too."
With that she squeezed his hand and they jumped away form the frozen landscape of Minnesota and hopefully for her sake to a much warmer location.