CHAPTER FIVE HUNDRED and FORTY-SEVEN
Tanesha kissed him again.
“Do you have everything?” Jeraine asked. “Lunch, tea, jacket for the cold classroom …”
Tanesha looked into her bag and ticked off the things in her bag.
“Laptop, audio recorder, phone,” Tanesha said with a nod. “Did you see Fin when you got home?”
Jeraine snorted a laugh and nodded.
“Why did you laugh?” Tanesha asked.
“The brother was decked out head to toe in some kind of silk and jewels,” Jeraine said. “He looked like …”
Jeraine shook his head.
“You know, he’s usually so buff,” Jeraine said. “Rippling muscles, testosterone everywhere. ‘I am Fin, near God, fairy prince of macho.’”
Jeraine imitated Fin’s Isle of Man accent.
“But I swear he looked so feminine that …” Jeraine said. “He appeared and I laughed out loud. Abi came out from their apartment and laughed at him. He took one look at us and realized how he was dressed.”
“Did he laugh?” Tanesha asked.
“For the first time, ever, I think he was actually embarrassed,” Jeraine said.
“Wait a minute,” he said. “I’ll walk you up.”
Tanesha waited while he used the bathroom and pulled on some jeans. He took her bag and walked her up the stairs to the main level of the Castle. For all the quiet of the basement, the main level was hopping with people. Sam and Aden were hustling off to Lipson Construction. Sandy was making biscuits for some kind of biscuit sandwich for breakfast. Valerie had all of the kids lunches laid out. Abi was sitting at the kitchen table with the twins.
Relieved of his court finery, Fin stood in next to Abi. His dreadlocks were thick and long. He wore jeans and a shirt similar to Tanesha. He had a backpack full of his gear at his feet.
“Are you ready?” Fin asked.
Tanesha gave him a stiff nod.
Mike came running out of the upstairs. He was pulling on his shoes.
“I’ll take you,” Mike said.
Tanesha felt a dagger in her heart. Summer was over. It was time to get back to the work and worry of school. Her eyes flicked around the room. Sandy gave her a firm, flour filled hug. Jill appeared from upstairs. She hugged Tanesha. Fin kissed Abi’s cheek, and they started toward the door.
Heather met them near the door. She gave Tanesha a hard hug and a golden apple.
“Hey!” Fin said when she didn’t seem to have an apple for him.
“King Finegal,” Heather said while holding out his own golden apple.
Fin shook his head at her mocking. Tanesha gave Jeraine a hug. By agreement, Jeraine only walked them to Mike’s truck. Fin got in the passenger seat and Jeraine opened the door to the back.
“You’re going to do great,” Jeraine said.
He kissed her and she got in the truck.
“See you tonight,” she said.
He raised his hand. They drove out of the Castle parking lot.
“Are you as scared as I am?” Tanesha asked.
“I am King Finegal,” Fin said. “Fearless warrior. King of the Fairies.”
“Yeah, I didn’t ask you that,” Tanesha said with a laugh. “I ask if you, King of the Assholes, were scared about school.”
“Positively terrified,” Fin said. “King of the Assholes? The visual on that is …”
They laughed. Mike stopped at the traffic light at 17th Avenue and York Street.
“Are we picking up our friend, Cody?” Fin asked.
“We are,” Tanesha said.
“Yep,” Mike said with a nod.
The light changed and Mike drove them past the Pinacle Towers, where Tanesha had been living with Jeraine when she’d started her first year. She watched the building pass. Smiling to herself, she felt ready to start her second year of medical school.
Denver Cereal continues tomorrow…
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