Friday evening — 6:30 P.M.
Jacob slipped in the back door with Mike and Colin just in time for a quick shower. Jill was still being beautified when he returned and Katy was playing with Paddie. High on Crunch Berries, he ran up the stairs to shower. Assuming Jill and Katy were still gone, he flew out of the bathroom only to stop short.
Jill stood like a vision from God.
Her red strapless dress hung tight to her round breasts and flat stomach. The dress was specifically fitted to enhance her full behind exaggerated by her matching stiletto heels. Her skin looked sun drenched and seemed to shine. Even her short hair sparkled. She wore one of her diamond necklaces, matching diamonds on her ears and the Marlowe beauty on her finger.
His heart seized in his chest. He was sure he was having a heart attack. Dripping water on the floor, clutching his chest, he struggled to even form the word hello.
Jill laughed. Raising a single eyebrow, her eyes flicked to his interest expressed in a stiff spasm. And he laughed.
She was everything he’d ever wanted. And she was so beautiful.
He stepped toward her but she shook her head.
“I spent all day getting gussied up. Let’s meet the celebrities, dance for awhile, then we’ll see what’s next,” she said.
He nodded. Jill chatted. He wasn’t exactly sure what she said, just that she was talking. Her voice lilted across the apartment while he dried off and dressed in his tux. She helped his limp right arm into his shirt and tux jacket. She adjusted his sling.
“You haven’t heard a word I’ve said.”
“I’m hallucinating,” he said.
“That’s why you’re not supposed to eat Captain Crunch,” she said.
“Who ate Captain Crunch?”
She laughed then helped him tie his bow tie.
“You’re gorgeous,” he said. “You look every inch a model.”
“That’s good because we took photos tonight for some magazine. Tonight is my first work night.”
He smiled. Leaning into her, he moved to kiss her.
“No kissing,” she said. “Mess up my makeup.”
“But I get to unwrap this present.”
“You better!” She exclaimed.
“There is a God.”
“And Katy?” Jacob asked.
“She’s playing with Paddie and hanging out with Uncle Steve. Val’s special guests are arriving with their kids. The kids are all playing together. It’s cute.”
“So how long?”
“Unwrapping,” he said.
Jill laughed. Taking his hand for stability, they went down the long stairwell to the door where some of the world’s more famous stars were arriving.
The retelling of Celia’s Puppies, Denver Cereal Volume 2, continues tomorrow…
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