CHAPTER FIVE HUNDRED AND NINETY-NINE
Sunday night — 8:11 p.m.
“Okay,” Jacob said.
He looked out to Blane, Nelson, Tres Sierra, Tanesha, and Jeraine. They were meeting in the television room in the basement.
“Just admit it,” Nelson said, up front. “Your construction is delayed and we are going to have to wait for fucking ever to move in.”
“Sort of?” Jacob said at the same time Jill said, “Not really.”
“How much is it going to cost us?” Tres Sierra asked.
“Anyone else with their predictable questions or complaints?” Jacob asked.
“Do the kids have their own rooms?” Blane asked.
“What’s the garden space look like now?” Tanesha asked. “Am I going to be able to grow anything?”
Tanesha exaggerated the “anything” to a whine. Everyone laughed.
“Jeraine?” Jacob asked.
“I’m just waiting until you tell us what’s going on,” Jeraine said. “Then, I’ll complain.”
Everyone laughed. Blane pushed Jeraine and Jeraine laughed. Heather slipped into the room.
“What did I miss?” Heather asked.
“A lot of complaining,” Blane said with a snort.
“I missed out on complaining?” Heather asked. “About what?”
“The house,” Nelson said glumly.
Everyone turned and looked at him. For a moment, the room was silent and then everyone laughed. Nelson grinned at the attention.
“Okay, let’s get on,” Jacob said. “I don’t know when the next hockey game will be hoisted upon me.”
They grinned at him.
“I never liked this design,” Jacob said.
“What?” Blane asked at the same time as everyone in the room.
“I know! I know,” Jacob said. “I should have said something. I just…”
When they settled down, Jacob looked at Jill and gave her a nod.
“Jill was right,” Jacob said. “I was exhausted. Just exhausted.”
“I had a chance to think about it while I was in Dillan,” Jacob said. “I talked to Jill yesterday and this is what we came up with.”
Jacob gestured to the screen on the wall. A house came up on the screen. Everyone fell silent trying to absorb what they were seeing.
“I’ll walk you through this,” Jacob said. “What I realized what that you…”
Jacob stopped talking. He shook his head. Jill stood up and went to the screen.
“From the street, everything looks the same,” Jill said. “That’s what you’re seeing here.”
“I’d like to point out that, this doesn’t look any different,” Jeraine said, pointing at the screen.
“Thank you,” Jill said.
Everyone laughed. Jacob grinned.
“I don’t know how to use this program,” Jacob said, shrugging. “Jill set this up.”
Jill clicked the computer and they were zooming around the building.
“Jacob’s idea was to dig out the basement,” Jill said. “To create this.”
The image showed a walled in sunken garden with raised beds and a place for the children to play as well as tables and chairs for people to sit. The view zoomed to looking back at the house. Everyone made a noise of surprise.
Denver Cereal continues tomorrow…
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