CHAPTER SIX HUNDRED and TWENTY-FIVE
“When I finish here, I’ll build some stairs down,” Jacob said. “The fence guys will be here today to add onto this one. There’s a couple of ways they can do it. It will be interesting to see what they do.”
“I talked to the store and they said that it wouldn’t affect them to have the fence there,” Jacob said.
“We just have to move their trash and recycling,” Delphie said as if she were waking up from a dream.
“Exactly,” Jacob said. “Val asked for stairs so she doesn’t have to go out to the street with the kids.”
Delphie nodded. She looked up at Jacob.
“You have it all worked out,” Delphie said.
“I do my best, ma’am,” Jacob said.
Delphie grinned at the sarcastic come back he used to say in high school. He grinned.
“You’re my…” he started.
“I’m your Delphie,” she said at the same time.
“The one question we have is whether we want to replace this wood shingles with brick,” Jacob said.
“Oh, Jacob, what do you think I should do?” Jacob said in a ridiculous imitation of Delphie.
“When are the brickies coming?” Delphie asked with a grin.
“Brickies!” Jacob said with glee.
“That’s what they are called, right?” Delphie asked. “I thought that’s what you called them.”
“I do,” Jacob said. “And yes, your boyfriend Ramon will be here this morning.”
“Finally,” Delphie said flippantly. “What’s the point of having a boyfriend if he’s never around?”
Jacob burst out laughing. Her eyes sparkled with glee.
“I expect you to be finished with this by breakfast,” she said with a pretend sniff.
Jacob stopped moving. He looked up and then tipped his head to the side.
“What is it?” Delphie asked.
Valerie came running out of the house screaming: “Dad’s coming home!”
Jacob and Delphie hugged again. Valerie threw herself onto them. The three hugged each other for a long time.
“I’ll go get him,” Jacob said.
“I’ll go,” Delphie said.
“I’ll go,” Valerie said.
“I’m leaving,” Mike said.
They turned to look at Mike, who was walking toward them. It made a lot of sense for Mike to pick up Sam because Mike couldn’t get sick.
“You don’t mind?” Delphie asked.
“You’re my Delphie too,” Mike said.
He walked passed them, slid down the cement edge from the Castle to where the cars were parked, and drove away.
“Come on, Delphie,” Valerie said. “Let’s have some tea and get ready for Dad.”
“What did John tell you?” Delphie asked.
“Dr. Drayson said that Dad was being discharged,” Valerie said. “He was still sick and would need to be monitored but he didn’t need a hospital anymore.”
Valerie smiled bright and big.
“He said that we were doing such a great job with Julie and Gandy that he was sure we could care for Dad,” Valerie said.
Delphie started to laugh and Jacob followed. Valerie couldn’t help to join in. They laughed insanely for a few minutes and then hugged each other again.
“I’ll go tell the nurse,” Valerie said running across the yard.
“I’d better get Sam’s things ready,” Delphie said.
In a few minutes, Jacob was alone with the greenhouse again. Shrugging, he went back to work.
Denver Cereal continues on Monday…
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