CHAPTER FIVE HUNDRED and EIGHTY-TWO
Mack got up and toddled over to Ivy. He gave her an apple.
“Thank you,” Ivy said.
“That’s a gift for a King,” Fin said.
“Go ahead,” Blane said. “You’ll feel better.”
Blane nodded to Edie. Ivy took a bite of the apple and fell into a sound sleep.
“Thank you,” Abi said. “It’s so important to share each other’s struggles and joys. We are good at sharing joy but hide from sharing our struggles. We need to learn how to do that.”
“Thank you for doing this, Abi,” Sam said. “Setting this up, officiating and everything.”
“It is my pleasure,” Abi said with a nod.
The group began to break up. The adults carried sleeping children back into the house. Aden drove the teens and Sandy back to the O’Malley house. After agreeing to meet Jacob by the grass, Edie took Jill’s twins and Wyn into the Castle. Tanesha and Jeraine helped pick up the area. True to his word, Fin replaced the grass.
“I’ll get her,” Blane said.
He lifted Ivy into his arms. Sam and Delphie followed Blane back into the house. After a few minutes, Jacob and Jill were alone on a blanket on the grass.
“How was today?” Jill asked.
“I missed you,” Jacob said. “I felt … I don’t know, spoiled, stupid. I wished I was here in the middle of my life.”
“But …” Jill started. She’d been arguing with him about this for so long that her frustration came right to the surface.
“I know what you’re going to say,” Jacob cut her off. “And, you’re right.”
Her frustration drained out of her and Jill smiled.
“I need to figure out what I’m doing before I can really participate in our life,” Jacob said. “I just want you to know …”
Jill turned to look him in the face.
“The one thing in my life that I am certain about is you and our children,” Jacob said.
“Oh Jake,” Jill said.
He leaned over and kissed her.
“You’re sure that you’re okay here?” Jacob asked.
“I’m sure,” Jill said. “I’ll call you on Friday. See if you want us to spend the weekend with you.”
“Oh, I hadn’t thought of that,” Jacob said with a smile. “That’s a great idea.”
“Have your cake and eat it too?” Jill asked.
Jacob simply smiled. He helped Jill up off the grass and folded the blanket. She turned to him and he held her tight in his arms. Over her shoulder, he saw Edie standing at the edge of the deck.
“My ride,” he said.
Jill turned to look. Nodding, she let go of him. He walked over to Edie. The fairy touched his arm and they disappeared.
Sighing to herself, Jill picked up the blanket and started into the house. She had been the one who’d come up with the idea of Jacob staying at the cabin for a while. It was her plan.
And she missed him the moment he disappeared.
She carried the blanket to the storage box on the deck and went back to bed.
Denver Cereal continues on Monday…
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