“What does it mean, Mommy?”
“It means we’re getting married,” Jill beamed at Jacob. “But…”
She fished around in Katy’s bowl to find a child’s size imitation of her ring.
“I know it’s stupid, crazy, but we’re all getting married,” Jacob said. “I had it made. That’s why the Beauty wasn’t in its box at the hospital.”
“You had it made? From the hospital?”
“Technically, Aden had it made,” Jacob said. “On my instruction and he works for me and…”
Jill kissed him. He bent on one knee. Holding her hands, he looked up into her eyes.
“Will you marry me, Jill?” Jacob asked.
“Hmm… I’m not sure. Let me consult with Katy,” Jill said. “Katy, should we marry Jacob?”
“YES, YES, YES, YES, YES!” Katy bounced in her seat.
“We will marry you, Jacob,” Jill said.
Jacob slipped the Marlowe Beauty on her finger then stood to kiss her.
“I can’t hold you and…” He whispered.
Jill let go of him. He took the tiny ring and slipped in on Katy’s pinky finger.
“That’s very pretty, Daddy,” Katy said. “I’m glad I picked Captain Crunch. I bet Paddie doesn’t have one of these! He’s going to be so jealous.”
Biting her lip, Jill’s eyebrows pinched together with worry.
“What if she loses it? She’s just a little girl. Jacob…”
“We’ll get her another.” He shrugged. “I only plan on getting married once.”
Jill gave him her ‘rich people are so weird’ look and he laughed.
“Well, now that’s done.” Jacob stood and made his way to the door leaving a stunned Jill. “Back to work.”
“DADDY!” Katy said. “You didn’t eat your cereal.”
Laughing, Jacob turned around and came back to wrap his left arm around Jill.
“Love you Jill,” he whispered in her ear.
She kissed his cheek then tidied the sling on his right arm.
“WAIT!” Katy said.
They both turned to her.
“What about the poison!?”
Jacob laughed at Katy’s bright smile and face. He bent to kiss her cheek. Sitting back down at the table, he began eating his Captain Crunch. After a few bites, he looked up to see Jill admiring her ring.
“It’s really mine?” Jill asked.
“Yes. Will you really marry me?”
“Yes. Oh yes.”
The retelling of Celia’s Puppies, Denver Cereal Volume 2, continues tomorrow…
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