CHAPTER FIVE HUNDRED and EIGHTY-SEVEN
“There is nothing more important to me than helping,” Delphie said.
Delphie bent over to pick up Valerie’s phone. She let out a small grunt when she got back up.
“You okay?” Honey asked.
“Grumpy back sometimes,” Delphie said with a shrug. “Comes and goes with the weather. I’m fine.”
Delphie looked at Valerie. The actress had crossed her arms over her chest and glared off into space.
“I see,” Delphie said.
She sat in a nearby armchair. With a little flourish, Delphie looked at the phone. After a minute, Delphie shook her head.
“How many of these people do you think are paid?” Delphie asked.
Valerie’s head jerked up to look at Delphie.
“Half?” Delphie asked. “Two-thirds?”
“Why would someone pay them to say horrible things about me?” Valerie asked.
“Why wouldn’t they?” Delphie asked. “It makes a small, seemingly inconsequential movie into something pertinent to today’s world.”
“Harrumph,” Valerie said, looking away.
Delphie grinned at Valerie.
“We should strategize your response,” Delphie said.
“I can’t just tell them to f …” Valerie’s head jerked to look at Delphie.
Delphie shook her head.
“Well, I want to,” Valerie said.
Delphie looked at Valerie and then at Honey.
“How far along are you?” Delphie asked.
“Yes, Delphie, I’m a breeding cow,” Valerie said.
Delphie grinned at Valerie. She glanced at Honey, and Honey shrugged.
“Are you mad at being pregnant?” Delphie asked.
Valerie turned her head to look at Delphie for the first time. She shook her head and looked away.
“Just because I haven’t had this experience, doesn’t mean that I cannot understand,” Delphie said, evenly. “It would do you good to talk.”
“I feel like I haven’t had a chance to care for Eddie and …” Valerie said. “Now he’ll be a resentful middle child.”
“Eddie?” Honey laughed.
Valerie turned her head to look at Honey.
“Why did you laugh?” Honey asked.
“Eddie is the most easy going baby in the house,” Honey said. “He’s a delight to be around. Laughs easily. So much so that Maggie loves to tell him her inane jokes. He laughs and laughs.”
“His cousins absolutely adore him,” Delphie said. “Bladen and Tanner won’t go anywhere unless he’s with them. For all of their crazy energy, Eddie is their calm friend.”
“That’s true,” Honey nodded.
“You’re saying that he’s simple,” Valerie said.
“I’m saying …” Honey said.
“Seems like the demons in your head have got you,” Delphie said talking over Honey’s words. “You know that Eddie isn’t simple. Honey was talking about what a great kid he is and how he’s not going to care if there’s another child around.”
Valerie grumbled and looked away from them. Honey reached over to hold Valerie’s hand again.
“Tell us what’s going on,” Honey said, kindly.
Valerie glared at Honey and then shot daggers with her eyes at Delphie. The Oracle simply grinned. Seeing that they were unintimidated by her anger, Valerie shook her head at them.
“I know that you aren’t upset about being pregnant,” Delphie said.
Denver Cereal continues tomorrow…
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