CHAPTER FOUR HUNDRED AND SIXTY-SEVEN
“They have so much in front of them,” Aden said. “It’s probably best that they take it one thing at a time.”
“Maybe I should go with you tomorrow morning,” Aden said.
“If you have time,” Sandy said. “Honestly, I think you’re right. They don’t know enough about what they are doing to know where they’re going. Sissy has to decide about schools and ballet companies. Ivan’s … Well, as you said, he’s kind of starting his life again. I guess they both are, really.”
Aden nodded. Sandy pointed to a group of male ballerinas getting out of a car. Aden nodded. A little awed by the whole unfolding event, they watched people in silence. Dale and Charlie flopped down on a blanket next to them.
“How was basketball?” Aden leaned over to ask Charlie.
“It was great,” Charlie said, his face brightening. “The guys seem really nice, or I should say that I liked them. The coach had some good ideas on helping me rehab. He gave me a name of a Physical Therapist that he thought might help me.”
Charlie dug out his wallet from his back pocket and gave Aden a business card. Aden passed it to Sandy.
“I’ve heard about him,” Sandy said with a nod. “I have time tomorrow to check if he’s on our insurance.”
“Thanks,” Charlie said.
“How are your knees?” Aden asked. “Legs?”
“Good,” Charlie said. “I mean, I still have a ways to go to get back in shape, but I was surprised at how much I could do.”
“He did great,” Dale said with a nod.
“I want to be ready now,” Charlie said. “But everyone says, you know, more PT, more time. I think it makes sense but …”
“Doesn’t make it easy,” Aden said.
Charlie nodded. Smiling, Aden returned his nod.
“Did Val have her baby?” Charlie asked.
“She did,” Sandy nodded. “Did you hear …?”
“I heard something weird,” Charlie said. “Or I should say someone said something about Mike having other kids and Valerie being mad.”
“It sounded fake,” Charlie said. “Dumb. Like someone who didn’t know Val and Mike was trying to make money off them.”
“Mike gave Candy’s sister some sperm a long time ago,” Aden said. “They didn’t know that she’d had the child or maybe children. There’s some confusion.”
“Always something,” Charlie said with a shrug.
“That’s the truth,” Aden said. “Glad basketball was fun.”
“Barbeque too,” Charlie said.
“We went to that barbeque after basketball,” Dale said with a nod. “There’s one right next to the school.”
Denver Cereal continues tomorrow…
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