HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
CHAPTER FIVE HUNDRED and FIFTY-TWO
But then he’d actually have to tell Jacob what was going on with him.
As if Jacob could hear Rodney’s thoughts, Jacob looked over at Rodney. All Rodney could do was smile at the young man, and continue to grumble at himself inside.
Jacob pulled the truck off the highway. They drove along a frontage road for a mile or so.
For the first time this trip, Rodney wondered where they were going. He searched his memory for any project — past or present — that had been done in this area. He couldn’t think of anything.
Truth be told, Rodney reasoned with himself, Jacob probably wanted him to look at a job. After the mess with the state, Lipson Construction had grown financially strong. They were taking — and winning! — bids all over the state.
This was probably just another job.
Jacob turned off on a dirt road and drove to a gate. He gave Rodney the key. Rodney unlocked and opened the gate. He closed the gate after Jacob came through. Walking to lock the gate, Rodney looked around for the first time.
They were in the near mountains, not far from town. He glanced up the road. It seemed to go up a slight depression. A few hundred feet, the road disappeared.
The air was brisk and clean. It was beautiful in that dry Colorado way. Stands of trees clung to the mountains. There were scar marks of some large construction site that had been here at some point.
Rodney looked at the highway they’d gotten off of.
“Probably from building that highway.”
For the first time, Rodney actually wondered why Jacob had asked him here.
He locked the gate and jogged back to the truck. Getting in, he held out the key to Jacob.
“Why don’t you hold onto it?” Jacob asked. “You can help us get out of here.”
Rodney nodded. Jacob gave Rodney a grin.
“You’re waiting for me to ask you what we’re doing,” Rodney stated. He rolled his eyes at himself and laughed. “What they hell are we doing out here?”
“I thought you’d never ask,” Jacob said.
In pure Jacob fashion, the young man didn’t say anything else. They drove up the slightly steep road a bit. At the top, the road headed down into a wide …
Rodney wasn’t sure what.
“What is this?” Rodney asked.
“That’s a good question my friend,” Jacob said, with a grin.
“Tanesha told you,” Rodney said.
“Tanesha, Jill, Sandy, Heather, Blane …” Jacob looked off in the distance. “I believe I heard from Fin and …”
“That’s a lot of people,” Rodney said.
Denver Cereal continues tomorrow…
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