CHAPTER FIVE HUNDRED and SEVENTY
“I was thinking that maybe I would like to look at the stars,” Ivy said.
“Oh?” Delphie asked.
“Uh-huh,” Ivy said. “Kind of expensive.”
“Expensive?” Sam asked from the doorway. “That sounds like my cue. What’s expensive?”
“Looking at the stars,” Ivy said.
She blinked at Sam as if he should know exactly what she was talking about. Sam looked at Delphie.
“I think she’s thinking about getting a telescope,” Delphie said.
“You know who knows everything about telescopes?” Sam asked.
Ivy shook her head releasing the last braid from Delphie’s hand. Delphie managed to catch the braid before it unraveled. Delphie quickly wrapped a hair band on the braid.
“Who?” Ivy asked, her voice rising with interest and hope.
Delphie tapped Ivy’s shoulder to let her know that she was done braiding.
“Mr. Nelson’s father,” Sam said. He looked at his watch. “It’s still early. Why don’t we head over to Nelson’s to see if he can ask his father?”
“Okay,” Ivy said brightly.
Delphie gave a rueful shake of her head. Sam held out his hand, and Ivy took it. With that, they were off. They went down the stairs and out of the Castle. They only walked half a block before they crossed the street to Nelson’s. The big front house was dark and silent, but the light was on where Nelson lived in the back.
Sam knocked on the door. Nelson opened the door. He had a huge bowl of popped popcorn in the crook of his arm.
“What’s up?” Nelson asked.
He looked at Sam and then at Ivy. With his look, Ivy’s eyes went immediately to the ground taking her head with them.
“We were wondering if we could talk to your father about telescopes,” Sam said.
“Are you interested in telescopes?” Nelson asked. He squinted at Sam and then looked at the top of Ivy’s head.
“We were thinking about maybe getting one to play with,” Sam said. “We haven’t looked through telescopes before.”
“Why don’t you come in and play with mine?” Nelson said. “I have it all set up. I was going to watch the transit tonight. Did you want to see the transit, Ivy?”
Ivy’s head nodded. The men stared at the top of her head for a moment.
“We would love to come in,” Delphie said from the pathway up to his house.
Ivy turned to look at Delphie. She gave her aunt a big smile. Ivy then looked back at Nelson and nodded.
“It’s a Saturday,” Delphie said. “We can stay up late. We can sleep in tomorrow.”
“Great,” Nelson said. “I was just settling in to watch. It finishes around 4 a.m. Is that okay?”
“Where should we go?” Sam asked.
“I have a porch that’s set up for star gazing,” Nelson said. “You know what? Why don’t I call my dad? I bet he’ll come over. He always has some experimental, super fancy telescope on loan from NASA.”
“Would it be too much trouble?” Sam asked.
“Not at all,” Nelson said. “I’m sure he’s getting ready to watch this transit too. Plus, he loves to introduce people to the stars. Since there’s four of us, we may as well get his equipment. His advice we’ll get whether we want it or not.”
Laughing, Nelson stepped aside to let them into the house. When Ivy passed, he dropped the bowl of popcorn into her arms. Nelson and Sam went into the house to call Nelson’s father, Pierre. Ivy carried the popcorn inside the house, and Delphie shut the door.
Denver Cereal continues tomorrow…
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