"Elijah! No, stop!"
Lilith had entered his hospital room just as he was leaving. Elijah simply ignored her. Lilith could not enter the buffer zone. Not without her Key or without the Gate, both of which were now buried somewhere under the rubble that had been the Centre.
He travelled quickly to the Centre in the buffer zone, keeping the physical world in sight to get his bearings. He used his wings but after a while they failed him and he had to walk. He realised how far he still was from a full recovery.
Smoke was no longer rising from the ruins.
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