CHAPTER FIVE HUNDRED AND NINETY-NINE
“What’s happening with Nelson’s carriage house?” Tanesha asked.
“I’m moving into the house,” Nelson said with a nod. “You’re welcome to it.”
“We’re moving the gym to the basement, so you’ll have plenty of space,” Jill said.
“You’ll redo it for me,” Tanesha said.
Jill gave her a firm nod.
“Done!” Tanesha said. “That is if I can still eat at the house? Study there? Sleep over?”
“As long as I can escape to your house,” Heather said.
“Of course,” Tanesha said.
“What about Tink?” Tres asked. “Where will she go?”
“She’s asked to stay in the Castle,” Jill said. “We are making a place for she and Charlie.”
“She’s eighteen,” Heather said with a shrug. “It’s what they both want. We can fight it but…”
“That’s never going to work,” Tanesha said.
“We’re making a bedroom for her in the basement,” Jill said. “She said that she wanted her own place. It will be against the glass wall.”
Jill moved the cursor so that they could see the small bedroom and bath.
“If things go well with them, this will be a nice guest room,” Jill said. “If she needs a place, she will have a safe, lovely place to grow.”
“It’s likely that she’ll do a little bit of both,” Heather said.
“She likes to be with the family a couple days a week,” Blane said. “In the basement, she will be in the middle of everything, which she likes.”
“We can set up a room for you, just like this, on the other side of the basement,” Jill said to Tanesha.
“Can we add it later? If the other doesn’t work?” Tanesha asked.
“Of course,” Jill said.
“We’d planned on making a room for Jabari on the top floor,” Jacob said.
“Can we have one in the carriage house and one in the house?” Jeraine asked. “He loves being with his friends but…”
“Of course,” Jacob said at the same time Jill said, “That’s what we thought too.”
No one said anything for a long moment.
“I like it,” Nelson said. “How long will it take?”
“It’s going to put the schedule back,” Jacob said. “But not by much — maybe a week or two. And…”
Jacob pointed to Tres.
“It won’t cost much more,” Jacob said.
“If we rent out even one of the apartments, we can make enough for some of these bathrooms,” Tres said.
“Exactly,” Jacob said.
“Awesome!” Tanesha said.
Heather began to clap. The others joined suit. Jacob grinned and Jill nodded. They got up to leave, but Jacob had one more thing to say.
“One more thing,” Jacob said. “I’ve secured first right of purchase of the property to the east of this. That opens the possibility of expanding if you need to do it or…whatever makes sense.”
Not sure what to do with the information, they hugged and congratulated Jill and Jacob, as well as each other, and left the room.
“That went well,” Jill said.
“Yea,” Jacob said. “I think it did.”
Jacob put his arm around Jill and they left the room. In the hallway, they saw Heather stop to talk to Nelson. Nodding to them, Jill and Jacob went back upstairs.
Denver Cereal continues tomorrow…
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