CHAPTER FIVE HUNDRED and EIGHTY-FOUR
“How?” Jill asked. “What?”
“I am going to tell you something that Seth does not know,” Delphie said. “In fact, no one knows but me and Maresol. I will ask you not to tell him, but I won’t blame you if you do.”
Delphie looked at Jill and she nodded that she understood.
“Sandy?” Delphie asked.
“No promise,” Sandy said. “Sick of secrets.”
“That’s fine with me,” Delphie said. “I am sick of secrets too.”
Delphie waited a moment to see if Sandy had anything else to say. When Sandy didn’t say anything else, Delphie continued.
“Andy used to bring you to see Seth’s mother,” Delphie said.
“What?” Jill asked.
Surprised, Sandy leaned up in her bed.
“They were great friends,” Delphie said. “No one knew about it. Andy convinced the man she lived with that Seth’s mother had been her nanny. When Bernie showed up, he looked into Andy’s situation. As you know, your mother thought that she was protecting you. She did everything in her power to keep you alive. Both Bernie and Seth’s mother tried to intervene. But Andy would hear nothing of it.”
“Seth’s mother loved you so very much,” Delphie said. “I believe that’s who you saw.”
“Why?” Jill asked.
“Seth’s mother wore an old perfume,” Delphie said. “It’s very distinctive. Did you smell it?”
“Something.” Sandy nodded.
“Maresol smelled her perfume when she came in to check on you,” Delphie said. “She called me to tell me that something had happened. That’s why I’m here.”
“What does she want?” Sandy asked. She put her hand on her chest.
“From you?” Delphie asked. “Nothing. I’m sure she was here to lend you strength and help you heal. The question is …”
Delphie stopped talking to look at Sandy.
“Will you accept her help?” Delphie finished her statement.
Sandy looked at Delphie for a long time before nodding.
“Then that’s settled,” Delphie said.
Sandy’s eyes closed and she fell asleep.
“What just happened?” Jill asked.
“Sandy accepted her grandmother’s help,” Delphie said. “She needs real sleep to heal. I’m afraid she hasn’t gotten much of that, maybe ever.”
Delphie nodded to Jill and got up. Jill picked up the chocolate shake cup and shook it to see if was empty. It was.
“Come,” Delphie said. “Maresol has made us lunch.”
“Yum!” Jill said.
Jill gave her friend one last worried look before heading out to the kitchen to help with lunch.
Denver Cereal continues tomorrow…
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