“Aden,” Sandy said. “Before we go …”
Standing in the entryway of her apartment, Aden turned to look at her. She held up a plate of warm chocolate chip cookies.
“Do you think these cookies are enough?” Sandy asked.
“Val said they ordered dinner. It’s just a little family dinner to welcome Jacob home. Did you pack some overnight things?”
Sandy nodded. Aden took the cookies from her so she could put on her jacket and get her purse. She took the plate of cookies back from him. He unlocked the door and started to open it.
“Thank you for staying with me. I … I’m sorry … for everything.”
Aden took the cookies from her and set them on the entry table. He slipped his arms around her. His eyes scanned her face.
“I won’t say it again until you’re ready to hear it. But you need to know that what I said was true for me.”
“But …” Sandy started.
“And, I am sorry I frightened you.”
Sandy nodded. She kissed his lips and hugged him. He moved back to the door.
He turned to look at her.
“I love you too.”
He beamed at her.
“Don’t say anything, okay?” Sandy moved passed him. His hand stroked her behind as she passed. She turned to look at him. “Please?”
He nodded and followed her down the stairs to the waiting taxi.
The retelling of Denver Cereal, Volume 1, continues tomorrow…
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