CHAPTER FIVE HUNDRED and EIGHTY-TWO
“It’s my opinion, and it is just an opinion, is that you, Ivy, are seeing your grandmother’s life as a way of saying, ‘You are stronger than you know,’” Abi said. “Your grandmother got through this time, somehow. She came to the United States to marry and have children. While we know that she didn’t have the happiest of lives, she did give birth to our beloved Delphie, an Oracle no less, as well as your mother, Ivy.”
“She lived her life the best she knew how to live,” Delphie said with a nod.
“Sounds like she’s reaching out to Ivy to tell her that she’s going to be okay,” Tanesha said. “That this time will pass. Do what you can — small acts of resistance or whatever.”
“It is certainly possible,” Abi said.
“Seth O’Malley, in the tunnel? You know?” Nash looked around and people were nodding. “He said something about small acts of resistance.”
“Imagine how much courage that would take to go against all of those Nazis,” Aden said. “The scientist stole the detonator to a nuclear bomb. They chased him into the mine, but he never lost track of the detonator. Never dropped it or lost it, even after all of this time, he was still holding onto it.”
“I think Fin’s right,” Aden said. “Burying your beloveds in a time of oppression is an act of war. And, small acts of resistance make all the difference.”
Outside of a few nodding heads, no one responded.
“Ivy?” M.J. spoke up. Everyone turned to look at him. “I will carry some of your burden. I’ve been aware that you’ve been afraid. I want you to know that you are not alone. You might be the only one having these vision-dreams, but there are thousands, tens of thousands, of adults who are keeping an eye on things in the world. Good people everywhere are doing what they can to be kind and loving.”
“I will carry your burden too,” Jill said. “I know what it’s like to be afraid every day. Terrified. Not able to sleep. Not able to change anything. You are not alone in this. Time will pass. We will get through this as a family, together.”
“I’ll help too!” Katy said.
“I will!” Noelle chimed in.
Jill looked at the girls and smiled.
“Me too,” Tink said quickly. “You know that I know what it means to be afraid.”
“I’m on your side, Ivy,” Charlie said.
Jeraine got up from where he was sitting and went to Ivy. He knelt down and took her hand. Ivy began to cry.
“I will help in any way possible,” Jeraine said. “You would not believe the shit I’ve been through. I am happy to share this with you.”
“Me too,” Tanesha and Heather said in unison.
“We know just how you’re feeling,” Heather finished. “I also want to add that none of this — people’s anger, the strife, the struggle right now — is yours to fix. Not even if you were a full Oracle. It’s not yours to fix. All you can do is love well, be kind, and focus on doing good in your own life. That makes a huge difference in the world.”
“We’re here for you,” Teddy said and Nash nodded.
Mack got up and toddled over to Ivy. He gave her an apple.
“Thank you,” Ivy said.
Denver Cereal continues tomorrow…
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