CHAPTER SIX HUNDRED and TWENTY-THREE
“Gives me a chance to fix this,” Rodney said. “I love Delphie. You know, she used to visit me in prison? When I first got there, I had a pretty hard time. Delphie started coming. She used her gift to charm to guards and grant them free readings, helped them with their lives, you know how she is. The guards started protecting me and… “
Rodney sighed and nodded.
“She’s a great woman,” Valerie said.
“She is,” Rodney said. “But she can’t draw for shit.”
“You have any idea what she wants?” Rodney asked.
“I do,” Charlie said appearing at the door to the kitchen. “She told me and I went to get dressed and wake the other guys.”
“Just guys?” Valerie asked.
“And girls,” Charlie said, shooting Valerie and annoyed look.
She gave him her beautiful smile. He laughed.
“Nice to see you, Charlie,” Rodney said. “Let’s head out and see what we can do.”
Rodney got up. Charlie started toward the back door.
“Mike’s here?” Rodney said.
“I’ll get him,” Valerie said.
Rodney nodded to her and headed out into the garden. With Charlie’s help, Rodney walked through the practicality of what Delphie wanted. Mike and Charlie conferred and they talked to Rodney. It took over an hour, but the men put together a plan for the backyard.
“Let’s have breakfast,” Rodney said.
“Delphie’s pretty anxious about this,” Charlie said. “She woke me up at five-thirty!”
“She and Yvonne will be talking for hours,” Rodney said. “Maresol will show up any moment. They’ll cheer Delphie up.”
“Oh,” Charlie said. “When do we need to work?”
“Ten?” Rodney looked up at the sky to judge the sky. “Eleven?”
“I’m going back to bed,” Charlie said. “If you need us, we’re in our old apartment. We moved back when Noelle and Nash, Rachel, came home.”
“Thank you, Charlie,” Rodney said.
Mike pointed to his studio and wandered away. Rodney headed up the outside stairs to the deck. He settled in on a bench. The mountains were on full display from this spot. He took the fancy phone that Tanesha forced him to buy out of his back pocket and settled in to read. His mind relaxed and he began to enjoy his morning.
Around 10:30 a.m., Yvonne came out the back door. He whistled to her and she waved him down. He put his phone away and went to greet her. She rewarded him with a kiss, which made him grin like a 10 year old.
“How’s Delphie?” Rodney asked.
“Better,” Yvonne said. “This thing with Sam is really messing her up. She doesn’t know why she didn’t get it. She thinks that she should be sick and he should be here.”
Yvonne shook her head.
“You know what that’s like,” Yvonne said.
“I sure do,” Rodney said.
“Maresol’s here,” Yvonne said. “She’s already had those kids cleaning up the living room. She made a game out of it and it’s all done. Everyone’s laughing.”
“That’s really good,” Rodney said.
“You ready to get to work?” Yvonne asked.
“Yes ma’am,” Rodney said.
“You have a bunch of little helpers,” Yvonne said.
“Sounds fun,” Rodney said.
“They’re so cute in their little masks,” Yvonne said.
Rodney smiled and kissed her forehead.
“Where’s yours?” Yvonne asked.
“Uh.” Rodney patted his pockets and came up with one from his back pocket.
“Where’s yours?” Rodney asked.
“I just took mine off to kiss you,” Yvonne said. “if you’d rather…”
Rodney kissed her one more time. They hugged.
“Are you ready, Mr. Smith?” Tink asked. “Delphie said that she wanted to see what you came up with. Mike won’t show it if you’re not here.”
“Of course,” Rodney said.
He put on his mask and Yvonne put hers on. They went inside to lay out the plan for the changes to the backyard.
Denver Cereal continues on Monday…
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