CHAPTER FOUR HUNDRED and NINETY-TWO
Saturday afternoon — 3:59 P.M.
“You have everything,” Sam said to Delphie.
“You’re sure?” Sam asked.
Delphie grinned at him.
“What did you do?” Delphie asked.
“Me?” Sam pressed his hand into his chest. “Not one thing. What ever could you be asking about, my love?”
“I know you too well to not notice that …” Delphie said.
Jacob came up behind them and put his bag into the back of the SUV.
“What are you doing?” Delphie asked.
“I’m going with you,” Jacob said.
“What about Jill and the boys?” Delphie asked.
“We’ve agreed that I should be with you for this trip,” Jacob said. “She’s happy to be rid of me so she can study for her finals next week. Edie’s here to help transition the boys to day care this week while James is with Sissy. If we’re still there next weekend, my and Blane’s family will come up.”
“But …” Delphie said as Jacob got into the back seat of the SUV.
While Delphie tried to find the words, Blane jogged up. He tossed his bag into the back of the SUV and got in next to Jacob. Delphie squinted at Sam.
“What did you do?” Delphie asked again.
“It wasn’t me,” Sam said. “It was Jacob, well, Jill really. Abi told her that we would be wise to have a place to rest. She found a lovely house just on the edge of the cemetery. It’s big enough for all of us, even if the kids come next weekend. Yvonne and Dionne are already there. Maresol is on her way. We’ll be the last ones there.”
“But …” Delphie said.
Sam got into the driver’s seat of the SUV leaving Delphie standing outside of the vehicle. Jill and Katy ran out of the house with a big Tupperware full of brownies.
“For the trip,” Katy said with a big smile.
“But …” Delphie said.
Jill held out her arms and hugged Delphie.
“Don’t worry, Delphie,” Jill said, in the woman’s ear. “We’ll be there when you need us.”
Jill kissed Delphie’s cheek. Taking Katy’s hand, they ran back into the trip. Delphie stood outside the SUV in the cold. Finally, Jacob rolled down the window.
“Are you coming on your own adventure?” Jacob asked.
Delphie looked at him for a moment. She blinked. Without saying a word, she went around the SUV and got into the passenger seat.
“You’d better not be eating my brownies,” Delphie said when she settled in.
Laughing, Sam back up the SUV and they set off to Leadville for their adventure with the Fire of Hell.
Denver Cereal continues tomorrow…
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