CHAPTER FIVE HUNDRED and SIXTY-EIGHT
Saturday afternoon — 2:04 p.m.
“Have you been here before?” Nadia asked in a low voice as if someone could hear her.
She pulled into a parking and turned off the car. Nash sat in the passenger seat and Teddy was in the back.
“I’ve only heard about it,” Nash said. “You?”
Teddy shook his head.
They were sitting in the parking lot of a three floored historic brick factory. There was a small unassuming sign that said “The Factory” on the winter dead lawn. The red brick of the building was only interrupted by large double pained windows. The receiving bays were now windows.
“It’s so …” Nadia started.
“Small,” Nash said.
Nadia turned to look at him.
“See that building?” Nash pointed to a cinderblock structure in that took up the back half of the city block.
Nadia and Teddy looked at the building.
“It’s a parking garage,” Nash said.
“How do you know that?” Nadia asked.
“Raz has a parking sticker with the lot address on it,” Nash said. He pointed to a sign. “That’s a Park-N-Ride sign.”
“So those people are …” Nadia started.
“They’re not taking the light rail,” Nash said.
“Where did they go?” Teddy asked.
Nadia looked at Nash, and then glanced at Teddy. They stared at the historic factory.
“It looks too small for all of those cars,” Nash said.
Nadia nodded. As they watched, they saw Colin Hargreaves come out of the door of the building. He waved to them. Uncomfortable, they followed his summons by getting out of the vehicle and walking over to where he was standing. Colin shook Nadia’s hand and grinned at Teddy and Nash.
“I or someone from the team will meet you out here anytime you’re scheduled to be here,” Colin said. “If it’s someone you do not know by sight, do not go with them.”
“Why?” Nadia asked.
“You never know what could happen,” Colin said with a shrug.
“Why didn’t you go to Poland?” Teddy asked. “I thought you were going?”
“I’m kind of big for a small tunnel,” Colin said with a grin. “Plus, it’s my anniversary.”
The boys nodded and Nadia smiled.
“Anything fun planned?” Nadia asked.
“We’re going to the beach for the weekend,” Colin said.
“Which beach?” Nadia asked.
“That’s still up for debate,” Colin said with a grin.
He held open the enormous wood door and nodded for them to enter the building.
“Hey, I know that door,” Nash said.
“Yeah?” Colin asked.
“It was in Jacob’s shop for about a year,” Nash said. He stepped inside the door. “So was that. And that …”
Nash pointed to the open stairwell and the banister. Teddy pointed up. There was a gorgeous wooden frame around the second floor.
“This is stunning,” Nadia said. She looked at Nash. “You say that Jacob did this?”
Denver Cereal continues tomorrow…
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