CHAPTER FIVE HUNDRED and EIGHTY
“But the shows are still at the new casino?” Hedone asked in Tanesha’s voice. “Matt’s place?”
“We think so,” Jeraine said. “Jeanie wants to create a festival with shows at her casino and Matt’s at the very least. Or something. I didn’t get the details. Did you?”
“I don’t think there were details,” Hecate said. “It just sounded like Jeanie had thought a lot about what she wanted her empire to look like. Letting you go and build a show somewhere else is really a factor of the mess in Jeanie’s life. In a year or so, when she’s got everything sorted out, she’s going to do bigger things.”
“Which she wants me to be a part of,” Jeraine said.
“Yes, she does,” Hecate said.
“We toured the space — Matt’s space at his casino,” Jeraine said, skipping ahead. “It’s just an empty space. I gave him my sketches, you know, the ones Jill helped me with. He had a lot of questions. I thought that you could help me, Miss T. I don’t want to screw it up.”
“Oh, Jeraine, you won’t screw it up,” Hecate said in Tanesha’s voice.
“See, that’s not something Tanesha would say,” Jeraine said.
“What would she say?” Hecate asked.
“She’d say, ‘You’d better not screw up,’” Jeraine said. “Or something like that.”
“How do you feel when she says that?” Hecate asked.
“Like she’s speaking the truth,” Jeraine said with a laugh.
“So how did you end up in this apartment?” Hecate asked.
“Condo,” Jeraine said. “They are called condominiums.”
“What’s the difference?” Hecate asked.
“Who knows?” Jeraine asked. “I just couldn’t believe that they gave this to us. Jeanie and Matt gave me this condo as a ‘sorry for the hassle’ present. Jammy says that this thing is worth at least a million cash.”
Hecate had no grasp of money so she shrugged.
“What’s the condo like?” Hecate asked in Tanesha’s voice.
“It’s got a nice master bedroom,” Jeraine said. “There’s two extra bedrooms — one for Jabari and another for guests or whoever. It’s right on the strip but high enough to be really quiet. There’s this gorgeous view of the mountains. So pretty. You’ll love it.”
Hecate smiled at Jeraine.
“What?” he asked.
“It is nice,” Hecate said with a nod. “You forgot the gym.”
“24 hour spa,” Jeraine said.
“That’s free for you,” Hecate said.
“So what’s the problem?” Hecate asked.
“I just lost everything. Like a minute ago,” Jeraine said. “All of the sudden. I mean it wasn’t all of the sudden it just felt that way to me. And now …”
“If you accumulate all of this, it might go away,” Hecate said.
“Exactly,” Jeraine said.
“It is the nature of things,” Hecate said. “The moon sends the tides far inland and also out into the deep sea.”
“Things come and go,” Jeraine said.
“Exactly,” Hecate said. “Why not enjoy it while it’s here?”
Jeraine rotated his head to look at her. She nodded.
“You’re not going to say that whole — ‘Human life is so short that you can’t fathom the ebb and flow of life’?”
“I wasn’t planning on it,” Hecate said. “Should I?”
Jeraine sat up. He looked at Jammy.
“It does sound pretty good, doesn’t it?” Jeraine asked.
“I think so,” Hecate said.
The phone to the condo rang. Hecate got up to answer it. She spoke for a minute or so before bringing the phone over to Jeraine.
“It’s Tanesha,” Hecate said. “She said that she tried to call you but your phone was busy. She got the condo number from her friend, Jeanie Jeanson, who wears jeans.”
Jeraine chuckled and took the phone.
“Just tell her like you told me,” Hecate whispered.
Which is exactly what Jeraine did.
Denver Cereal continues tomorrow…
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