CHAPTER FIVE HUNDRED AND NINETY-THREE
“I just also didn’t…” Colin started. “I mean, Templars? Titans? Objects of Power? It’s like a comic book.”
“Yes, I can see why you say that,” Perses said.
“We’ve been living it ever sense Paddie went to the Isle of Man,” Julie said. “We just didn’t know it.”
Colin looked at his wife for a long moment. He shook his head.
“We’re leaving,” Colin said. He pointed his finger at Jacob. “You have endangered my son for far too long. This friendship with your daughter is over.”
Everyone in the room gawked at him. Colin looked at his wife.
“Julie?” Colin held out his hand for his wife.
Julie shook her head.
“No,” Julie said.
“No?” Colin asked his anger increasing.
“No,” Julie said. “You’re doing that thing that Alex…”
Colin’s hand went to his face. For a moment, no one said anything. Jacob walked up to Colin. Without saying a word, Jacob put his arms around Colin’s shoulders. After a breath, Colin hugged Jacob back.
“These kids,” Jacob said in a soft voice. “They rip our hearts out.”
Colin nodded. When the men separated, Colin wiped his eyes. He looked at Jill and her father.
“Alex told me to watch myself,” Colin said.
“You’re hungry and tired,” Julie said with a nod.
“Which means I am angry,” Colin said with a nod. “I apologize. It’s part of my alcoholism. I’m in recovery but sometimes…”
“There’s a recovery for being an ass?” Jacob asked with a grin. “That’s what I need.”
Colin laughed. Jacob hugged him again.
“Daddy?” Paddie asked.
The child tugged on Colin’s hand. Colin knelt down to his son.
“Don’t take Katy away,” Paddie said. The child’s large blue eyes welled with tears. “Please. I’m sorry that I didn’t tell you about the shiny sword. Don’t be mad. Don’t take Katy away.”
Paddie began to cry. Katy began to weep in sympathy. The exhausted children let go of their emotions leaving their parents feeling woefully inadequate.
Colin hugged Paddie. Julie came over and hugged them both. Jill picked up Katy. Jacob hugged them in what Katy called a “Katy sandwich.” After a few minutes, the children’s tears began to slow.
“Why don’t I put the children down and you can keep talking?” Perses asked.
The parents shot him looks of shock and disbelief.
“I have raised my fair share of children,” Perses said.
Katy held out her arms to Perses and he picked her up. Paddie ran over and Perses picked him up as well. Perses nodded to the parents and went to the bedroom where Katy and Paddie had been sleeping.
“You said that you were hungry,” Jacob said. “I have plenty of food here. Most of it is soups and stews that just need to be heated. Why don’t I start something while we talk?”
Denver Cereal continues tomorrow…
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