CHAPTER FOUR HUNDRED and NINETY-THREE
“I did all of that when I was a kid,” Jacob said. “Valerie, too. It’s just time to figure it out for you.”
“I will come with you,” Abi said as she appeared on the front deck. They startled and she said, “I’m sorry. I was checking on the girls. Fin is a wonderful man, but he’s … well … Once a prince, always a pain in the ass. At least that is what Jill was just telling me.”
She made a pained look.
“Jill took them away from him,” Abi said with a nod. “I love your wife, Jacob.”
“What did he do?” Jacob asked.
“Nothing bad,” Abi said.
Jacob tipped his head to the side.
“Please tell us,” Yvonne said.
Abi’s head jerked to Yvonne. She grinned at her granddaughter.
“Nice,” Abi said with a nod. “The girls are very powerful. Fin set them up in a tournament to see which baby had more power than the other. I’m sure it was epic, as Nash would say. But they are babies first. In the mind of the Prince, he wanted to know which one would be powerful enough to defend the realm.”
“Did he really say that?” Jacob said with a laugh.
Rather than respond, Abi raised her eyebrows and cleared his throat. Yvonne and Jacob laughed. After a moment, Jacob looked at Abi.
“So, are you going to tell us who won?” Jacob asked.
Abi laughed and Yvonne batted at Jacob. They laughed. Jacob raised his eyebrows and Abi mouthed “Zoe.”
“No surprise there,” Jacob grinned.
“We’ll pretend we don’t know,” Yvonne said.
“Please do. Jill has them now,” Abi said. “Edie said that she will keep her brother at bay.”
“Can she do that?” Yvonne asked.
“If you repeat this, I will deny that I said it, but …” Abi grinned. “Edie is the most powerful of all of Queen Fand’s children.”
“Really?” Jacob asked. “Why is she caring for babies and on the Fairy Corps?”
“Her mother instinctively doesn’t want such a powerful fairy close to her,” Abi said. She tipped her head to the side and lifted a shoulder in a shrug. “What is a little more true is that I have hid Edie from her mother. Gilfand and I are honing her skills. She had created real relationships with the other three fairies Queendoms. If the time comes when we need her power, she will lead all of the fairy armies to war.”
“Not Fin?” Yvonne asked.
Abi shook her head quickly and then laughed.
“Who knows?” Abi asked. “For every time I’ve thought this funny planet would end, I have been wrong each time. Don’t listen to me.”
Jacob scowled. He opened his mouth to ask about the end of the world, but Abi looked at Yvonne and then Jacob.
“Are we going to the Marlowe Mine?” Abi asked. She gave Yvonne a bright smile. “It’s time, Yvonne.”
Yvonne nodded. Abi reached to touch Jacob to transport them there.
“If you don’t mind, I’d rather drive,” Jacob said. “I need to see if the road is clear. Valerie has been talking about opening the mine. I need to see how much work we need to do to get the road ready for even just the inspections.”
Abi nodded. They went back into the cabin to collect their gear. Jacob checked in with his father and Delphie. Blane decided to come with them. In a few minutes, they were in Sam’s SUV on their way to open the Marlowe Mine for the first time in fifty years.
Denver Cereal continues tomorrow…
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