“Anyway, my point is that all of a sudden, I had all this money. I didn’t know what to do with it,” Jacob said. “In fact, I planned to give it all away and only spend what I earned myself. Then my Dad came to Maine and… Well, here I am. Outside of this place, I don’t really spend the money.”
Tucking her leg under her, Jill turned to look at him.
“We weren’t always poor,” Jill said. “Only after our parents died. I don’t know what they were thinking. I have more life insurance than they did and they had five kids. I guess they thought they’d live forever.”
“It must have been a hard transition,” Jacob said.
“I think Megan and Mike really suffered. They gave up their dreams for us,” Jill said. “If you don’t spend any money, how’d you get the car?”
“I bought you the car that Jennifer Garner drives. Or Mike said Jennifer Garner drives that car.” Jacob shrugged. “It seemed perfect for you and Katy.”
“It is perfect,” Jill said. “I love it. So does Katy. But I don’t mean that car.”
“The Aston Martin.”
“Oh, isn’t that funny? It’s the car James Bond drives.” He laughed. “It’s actually Val’s. It was a gift from that producer guy, Kapanski. Val was here with Mike. She tells everyone she ‘retreats’ in Colorado when really she’s here with Mike. Producer boy missed her so much he ‘sent a car for her.’ Mike went ballistic. I don’t think Val’s driven it. It had like a hundred miles on it.”
“Yep,” Jacob said. “I doubt Val will replace it.”
“Why did you drive it?”
“I thought I was going to die,” Jacob said. “I figured if I was going to die, I should at least drive the stupid expensive car and wear the stupid expensive suit. I’d never worn the suit before either. Val sent it to me so I could go to that premier. The one we missed last Friday night.”
“You thought you were going to die? And you still came to get me?”
Jacob took her hand in his.
“I think I said this in the car. You’re the very best thing that’s ever happened to me. Whether it’s one day or a life time, nothing’s going to change that fact.”
“How can you be so sure?” Jill asked.
The retelling of Celia’s Puppies, Denver Cereal Volume 2, continues tomorrow…
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