CHAPTER SIX HUNDRED-THREE
“I bet,” Nelson said.
“Alex said that she wanted to take a friend,” Blane said. “Was her friend Bestat?”
“When we were at dinner, Nyx came,” Nelson said.
“When you were standing?” Blane asked looking up from what he was preparing.
“She said that Alex and Bestat could come,” Nelson said. “After dinner, we went to Bestat’s house. It was kind of a lot of drama but in the end, Bestat and Alex talked about maps until… well I don’t know how long. I woke up here.”
“Why are you talking to your father tonight?” Blane asked.
“I have it in my head that talking to him is the final act before I go on this ‘quest,’” Nelson said. He snorted. “Like I’m some freakin’ knight going on a quest for his queen and country.”
Blane smiled at Nelson and kept cooking.
“What was ‘a lot of drama’ about meeting Bestat?” Blane asked.
“I don’t really know,” Nelson said. “It’s kind of weird but…”
He took another drink of wine.
“But?” Blane asked.
“I…” Nelson sighed. “I’ll just tell you how I experienced it.”
Nelson looked Blane in the eye.
“Don’t laugh,” Nelson said.
“I won’t laugh,” Blane said.
“Okay, so…” Nelson started. “It’s just that…”
“When she looked at me, something happened,” Nelson said.
“Something?” Blane rose his eyebrows.
“Not like that,” Nelson said. “She said that she was a…”
Nelson leaned forward.
“A dragon,” Nelson said. Blane gave a knowing nod. “And I was a knight. Then this thing happened. I felt… bigger, taller, stronger. Alex said I kind of glowed. I…”
Nelson shook his head.
“I felt whole,” Nelson said. “Completely whole and completely a knight. It was… exhilarating and terrifying. I… Well, today, I realized that my pants are a little short and…”
“You actually grew taller,” Blane said.
“Bigger,” Nelson said. “My mind today was like ‘boom, boom, boom.’ Like I was hooked up to some brain juice or…”
Nelson shook his head.
“I don’t know,” Nelson said. “I want to feel that way again, and…”
“Sounds scary to me,” Blane said.
“I think we’re going to be leaving soon,” Nelson said. “I don’t know when.”
“It’s not your question,” Blane said. “You’re likely to go when the moon is right or whatever else.”
“New moon,” Nelson said, softly. “I bet you’re right.”
Denver Cereal continues tomorrow…
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