CHAPTER SIX HUNDRED and SEVENTEEN
Tuesday night — 9:15 p.m.
“Where have you been?” Jill demanded the moment Jacob came through the side door to the Castle. “Blane’s been back for hours. Aden’s still gone. Tres… I’ve been…”
“You suck,” she said.
“You’re absolutely right,” Jacob said. “I’m so sorry. Are the kids asleep?”
“I was… terrified,” Jill said. “What happened?”
“I will tell you everything,” Jacob said. “But first…”
“Jake?” Delphie asked, looking behind him. “Where’s Sam?”
She looked around and back at Jake.
“Where’s Sam, Jake?” Delphie asked.
“I’ll tell you everything,” Jacob said. “I need to pee and wash my hands and…”
Tres came in behind Jake. He raised his eyebrows at the women and headed down to the basement.
“Let Jake through,” Valerie said.
Delphie and Jill moved out of his way. Jacob jogged to the nearest bathroom. Jill, Dephie, and Valerie went into the kitchen. Delphie turned on the electric kettle and Jill got out a box of Cap’n Crunch, some milk, and a bowl. She set them at the table and returned to the kitchen for a spoon. Delphie made tea for herself and Valerie. Jill got two glasses of water. The women were seated when Jacob returned.
Mike came down the stairs. He looked at the women and then at Jacob. He grabbed a bowl from the cupboard and a spoon from the drawer. Jacob took an empty chair at the table and Mike took the chair opposite him.
Jill slid the glass of water to Jacob and he drank it down. Mike took Jill’s other glass of water. She groaned and Mike gave her a goofy grin.
“Thanks,” Jacob said for the water and the cereal.
He poured a bowl of cereal. For a few minutes, the only sound was the crunching of cereal.
“What…?” Jill started at the same time Delphie said, “Where’s…?”
Jacob held up a finger. No one said anything until he swallowed.
“What…? Jill started again as Delphie said, “Where’s…?”
“Give the man some room to talk,” Mike commanded.
The women turned to glare at him. He shrugged as if what he was saying was obvious.
“What’s going on?” Mike asked.
“We sent the lists, you know for job share, to the site managers,” Jacob said. “We talked them through it for more than an hour. When everyone agreed to our conditions, Tres told them that if they didn’t turn in their lists, they and their teams wouldn’t work. They agreed. I mean, everyone agreed. Even laughed.”
Jacob swallowed down the rest of the water. Jill got up to fill his glass and get another for herself.
Denver Cereal continues tomorrow…
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