CHAPTER FIVE HUNDRED and SIXTY-SEVEN
“Shower?” Maresol pointed Nadia to her room. “Be quick.”
Nadia nodded and jogged off.
“I’ll get it,” Noelle yelled from the other room.
A few minutes later, Blane appeared.
“You sure you don’t want to stay?” Maresol asked.
“We’re off to have much inferior food,” Blane said.
“Inferior food?” Nelson asked.
Blane looked at Nelson.
“What?” Nelson asked.
Laughing, Ava put her hand on Blane’s arm.
“We’ve been messing with him,” Ava said.
Nash came back in. Holding out pot holders, Maresol nodded to a serving plate of New Mexican style enchiladas. Nash took the pot holders from Maresol, picked up the enchiladas, and left the room.
“Boy that looks good,” Blane said.
“Smells divine,” Nelson said.
“You can stay,” Maresol said.
“You might have to fight for food,” Bernie, Seth’s father, said as he entered the room. “These kids eat more than their weight in food. Hi Blane!”
Bernie held out his arms, and Blane hugged him.
“Where are you off to?” Bernie asked when they stepped back.
“Capital Grill,” Nelson said.
“Is it nice?” Bernie asked.
“Shall we?” Blane asked.
Nelson closed his laptop and stuck it into his backpack. Blane picked it up.
“I can carry it myself,” Nelson said irritably.
“See, that’s why we’re not on Team Nelson,” Charlie said in a loud whisper. “So cranky.”
“Team Nelson?” Blane asked.
“Just go,” Maresol said.
Charlie looked at Maresol and asked, “Anything else?”
Maresol nodded to the pitcher of water. Charlie picked it up and went to the dining room.
“Have fun!” Ava said.
Blane nodded and followed Nelson out of room.
“Captial Grill is very nice,” Seth said when they were in the entryway.
At the door, Nelson turned to Blane.
“Did you know they had Team Blane and Team Nelson?” Nelson asked.
From where he stood, Blane could look into the dining room. Nash and Teddy were laughing. Tink was shaking her head, and Noelle looked worried.
“Of course,” Blane said with a straight face. “Everyone’s on Team Blane.”
“What?” Nelson asked, incensed.
Blane laughed. He opened the door, and they left the house.
“You think they’ll work that out?” Bernie asked the laughing kids.
“Nelson’s so gullible,” Nadia said coming into the dining room after her shower.
“What do you mean?” Charlie asked. “There really is a Team Blane and Team Nelson.”
“What?” Nadia asked. “Really?”
She looked at Nash, then Teddy and Noelle. They nodded in unison.
“No, there isn’t,” Ava said when she came into the dining room. She pointed at the teens. “Sit.”
Denver Cereal continues tomorrow…
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