CHAPTER FIVE HUNDRED and EIGHTY-THREE
“And really, what challenge worth doing isn’t very hard?” Edie asked. “I’ve spent these years here in Denver learning from Abi. I know how to run a country — even a country as large as ours. I know how to set it up so that things will run smoothly. More than anything, but uniting the Fairy Queendoms we will create a lasting peace which will allow us to raise the quality of life for every fairy, including the ones in my own Queendom. But I …”
Edie abruptly stopped talking. She looked up at Heather.
“I cannot offer,” Heather said. “You must ask me.”
“Oh,” Edie said, sitting back in her chair. “You’ve been waiting for me … You know all about this and I’ve been blathering on. I never would have thought to ask if it hadn’t been for last night with Ivy and everything.”
Edie stopped talking. She and Heather shared a long look.
“I need Olympia behind me,” Edie said.
Heather nodded. With her hand, she encouraged Edie to ask the question.
“Could you help me get approval from Olympia?” Edie asked. Heather blinked at her for a long moment. Before Edie knew what she needed to ask, “Wil you stand with me?”
“Easy enough,” Heather said. “Shall we?”
“What about …?” Edie asked.
“The children are set to go to the Marlowe School today,” Heather said.
“Everyone knows this is going on?” Edie asked.
“Of course,” Heather said. “Will you give me a moment?”
Heather stood. Edie dropped to her knees.
“Thank you,” Edie whispered.
“Don’t thank me yet,” Heather said. “It will take a full council to get this kind off approval from Olympia. You’re going to have to deal with my grandfather, Ares, and Zeus, not to mention Athena and the twins and whoever else has an opinion.”
Edie lifted her chin.
“I can handle it,” Edie said.
“Of course you can,” Heather said with a smile.
Heather nodded to Edie and started back to her apartment just as Jill came down the stairs. The coffee maker went off automatically.
“Are you off?” Jill asked.
“Good luck,” Jill said. Jill kissed her friend’s cheek. “Oh great, there’s tea.”
Jill went to get a cup of tea, as Heather walked away.
“I believe in you, Edie,” Jill said.
A moment later, Hedone walked through the kitchen. Jill waved as Edie and Hedone disappeared. Jill was taking a sip when Abi appeared.
“Are they gone?” Abi asked.
“They just left,” Jill said. “Are you going?”
“In a moment,” Abi said. “You have things covered here?”
“Of course,” Jill said. “It’s my honor to help.”
Abi grinned at Jill and went back into their apartment.
“Moooommmmmy!” Katy yelled from upstairs.
Jill swallowed down her mug of tea and jogged up the stairs to the loft.
Denver Cereal continues tomorrow…
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