CHAPTER SIX HUNDRED and TWENTY-FIVE
Friday morning — 5:12 a.m.
Jacob was standing on the deck drinking a cup of warm tea when he felt more than saw a shadow by the chicken coop. Curious, Jacob went down the deck steps to the grass. He walked across the frost crisp grass to where someone in a hospital gown was standing.
“Gandy?” Jacob asked to the naked backside of Gando Peaches.
Gando jerked around in place. His eyebrows dropped in a scowl as he looked at Jacob.
“Wha…?” Gando asked. “I…”
Remembering his mask, Jacob reached into his pocket and put the cloth mask on. Gando’s eyes watched Jacob’s movements. Gando blinked.
“I don’t have one of those,” Gando said.
Jacob took another mask out of his pocket and held it out to Gando. The man looked at Jacob’s hand for a long moment before taking the mask. They waited a few seconds while Gando put on the mask. Jacob waited for Gando to say something. A few curious chickens peered out of the coop to see what was going on.
“Where am I?” Gando asked.
“You’re standing in the backyard of my mother’s old place,” Jacob said. “You remember. We call it the ‘Castle’?”
“That burned out shack you lived in when you were in high school?” Gando asked, looking around at the back of the building.
“You used to come through here when you were on leave,” Jacob said.
“How do I know you?” Gando asked.
“I was in the state meet that your little sister ran in. You sat next to my mom and Delphie in the bleachers? Remember? Delphie’s an oracle,” Jacob said. “They told you to stop by when you were in town. I met you when you came to the house. I do remodeling and contracting for Max and John? I am married to Jill Roper?”
“That fast chick from East High,” Gando nodded. “She blew my sister out of the water at that meet. Roper’s little sister.”
“How did I get here?” Gando asked.
“Your partner, Hecate, brought you,” Jacob said.
Gando gave Jacob a vague nod.
“I hear the truth in your words,” Gando said with a shake of his head. “I have no memory of anyone named ‘Hecate.’”
“She’s a Titan,” Jacob said. “Very beautiful. Powerful.”
“I’m partnered with a Titan?” Gando asked with a laugh. “You mean, like ancestors to the Greek Gods?”
Jacob gave him a slight nod.
“Aren’t they dead?” Gando asked. Answering his own question, he said, “No, I know they aren’t dead.”
Denver Cereal continues tomorrow…
This work, unless otherwise expressly stated, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.