“Damn, you guys have worked,” Jacob said.
He, Mike and Colin Hargreaves had just entered the coal tunnels under the Castle.
“It was the City of Denver,” Colin said. “They weren’t all that excited that you could get into the entire tunnel. They fixed the lights and put up the wood barriers. One phone call and it was done.”
“Who called?” Jacob asked.
“My big sister,” Colin said.
The men laughed at the great Alex Hargreaves diminished to ‘my big sister.’
“Where are we going?” Mike asked.
“I need to check something out,” Jacob said.
“Today? Uh huh, sure,” Mike said.
“Why did we sneak out?” Colin asked.
“Who’s sneaking? I’m just getting past the paparazzi and the news vans.”
Jacob punched in the security codes at the panel near the workshop. Mike opened the door to the workshop.
“We don’t need the car,” Jacob said as Mike reached for his Bronco keys.
“So we’re not going to a site,” Mike said. “Fuck Jacob, what are we doing?”
Jacob shook his head and opened the door to Detroit Street. The men walked in silence to Colfax then turned east. They had walked a block before Mike started laughing.
“What am I supposed to do?” Jacob asked. “Val, her trainer, and Jill either got RID of the cereal in the house OR they watch over me like a hawk! Blane? He’s supposed to be MY assistant. Even Katy says, ‘Daddy can’t have cereal.’”
“Blane tossed all the cereal at Lipson,” Mike said. “He told me you almost hit him.”
“I haven’t had a bowl of Crunch Berries in a week!” Jacob shook his head as if he couldn’t believe it. “I ate more cereal while I was in the hospital.”
“A man needs his cereal,” Colin said.
Mike was laughing too hard to respond.
Colin went into The Shoppe to assess any threat or danger. With a nod, the men entered the cupcake and cereal joint. After a laughing conversation with the clerk, they sat down on a couch to eat their cereal as God intended – watching Tom and Jerry cartoons on a wide screen television.
The retelling of Celia’s Puppies, Denver Cereal Volume 2, continues tomorrow…
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