CHAPTER FIVE HUNDRED and FORTY-EIGHT
Monday evening — 5:45 p.m.
Between Las Vegas and Denver
“They’re going to have AA meetings during the day in the space,” Jeraine said, on his cell phone. “He said it was something he’d always wanted to do. ‘Can’t service one side of addiction and not the other.’ That’s what he said, anyway.”
“What did Jammy say?” Tanesha asked. “I’d hate it if we got excited again and …”
“Nope,” Jeraine said. “I mean, Jammy stayed to work out all the details and get the signatures. He’s not sure that the other guy will let me out of my contract.”
“But he won’t put on a show either!” Tanesha said.
“Yeah,” Jeraine said. “You know how they are.”
“Now don’t get all mad,” Jeraine said. “This is a really good thing. If all the details line up …”
“That’s right,” Tanesha said.
“I’ll be heading a show here until you’re done with medical school,” Jeraine said. “This guy, man, he wanted something like this for a long time. His wife came by with his kids. She told me that he’d talked about it for years. He wanted a mix of styles and people, you know, like we talked about.”
“I …” Tanesha started.
“Oh, and he’s going to give me an apartment in the hotel,” Jeraine said. “We get childcare when Jabari is there, if we need it. But it’s available to me. I can even take the hotel jet back and forth.”
“And the pay?” Tanesha asked.
“I did like we’d talked about,” Jeraine said. “Same flat salary with a percentage of the door. Hecate said we should sell out every night.”
“Wow,” Tanesha said.
“We get medical insurance too,” Jeraine said. “Because I’ll be an employee of the hotel. He said the insurance isn’t perfect, but it’s okay. I could cover you and Jabari.”
“Great,” Tanesha said. “It sounds just great!”
“Right,” Jeraine said. “We need to talk to Nelson because I’m going to be there more. We don’t just need a spot for you and Jabari.”
“I think he’s coming to dinner tonight,” Tanesha said.
“Great,” Jeraine said. “We should land in about twenty minutes. I’ll be home for dinner. You?”
“I’ll be there,” Tanesha said. “Listen, I’m really excited for you, for us. I hope this works out.”
“Me, too,” Jeraine said. “But you know, whatever happens it’s going to be okay. If the last year taught me anything, as long as you’re by my side, everything is going to be okay.”
“Tsk,” Tanesha gave an embarrassed sound.
“Just the truth,” Jeraine said. “So I’ll see you soon?”
“I’ll be there,” Tanesha said.
“You didn’t tell me how school was?” Jeraine asked.
“It was okay,” Tanesha said. She gave a heavy sigh. “I have a lot of work ahead of me.”
“Me too,” Jeraine said. “But what else are we going to do?”
“True,” Tanesha said. “Love you, weirdo. See you tonight.”
“Love you, Miss T,” Jeraine said. “See you tonight.”
Smiling to himself, Jeraine looked over at Hecate. Her face had been pressed to the window as soon as they’d taken to the air.
“We’re going to land in a bit,” Jeraine said.
Her face marked with awe, she turned to look at him.
“What happens then?” Hecate asked.
“There’s a big bump and we roll to a place where we can head home,” Jeraine said. “I called for a car so they should be there waiting for us.”
Hecate gave him a distracted nod and turned her face back to the window. Smiling at her, Jeraine closed his eyes to meditate until the plane landed.
Denver Cereal continues tomorrow…
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