CHAPTER ONE HUNDRED and SIXTY-ONE
“I’ll walk you out,” Colin said.
They turned to their left and walked to the elevator landing. They took the elevator up two floors and went out into the parking lot. Jacob shook Colin’s hand. When Jill looked down at Katy, she was asleep. They got back in the car. Jacob helped Jill situate Katy in her car seat.
“How do you feel?” Jacob asked.
“We never talked about…” Jacob said.
“I know,” Jill said. “I’d planned on talking to you today after lunch but we raced here and…”
He leaned over. His hand cupped her chin. They looked at each other for a moment and he started the car.
“Listen Jacob,” Katy imitated Jill’s voice. “You need to understand that I feel guilty because I have this nice life and they don’t.”
Jill looked in the rearview mirror at Katy. She let out her little girl snickering laugh.
“You don’t have to feel guilty,” Katy imitated Jacob’s voice.
“I know I don’t have to feel guilty,” Jill said.
“I just do,” Katy imitated Jill’s voice.
“Oh,” Jacob said.
“And you shouldn’t feel guilty that I’m going to have boys,” Katy continued in Jill’s voice.
“I don’t feel guilty,” Katy imitated Jacob’s voice.
“Yes, you do,” Jill said.
“Mommy!” Katy said in her own voice. “Let me finish! I practiced!”
“You feel guilty because you think the boys are going to kill me,” Katy said in her Jill voice. “They aren’t.”
“How can that be?” Katy imitated Jacob’s voice and his hand gestures. She was so cute Jill had to force herself not to take a picture. Jacob was choking back a laugh. “All of the Marlowe women die when they have boys.”
“I’m not a Marlowe,” Katy said in her Jill voice.
“That would be kind of gross, Daddy,” Katy said in her regular voice. “That would be like Noelle having a baby with Nash. Ew.”
“Well then how?” Jacob asked.
“Mommy you have to explain it to him,” Katy said. “I’m just a little girl.”
She bat her eyes as if she was the most innocent creature in the world. Jill shook her head ruefully.
“You know I can heal things, right?” Jill asked.
“Injury, illness,” Jacob said.
“That’s how,” Jill said. “The boys aren’t in any discomfort. Nor am I. We’ll go until almost full term, at least that’s what the doctor says.”
They drove out of the parking lot and onto the Sixth Avenue Freeway.
“Can I go to sleep now?” Katy asked. “Or do we need to talk some more?”
Jill and Jacob laughed. Katy smiled at her joke and leaned back to sleep.
“Do you feel guilty because you’re happy?” Jacob asked in low tones.
“Sure,” Jill said. “I think it’s pretty natural. Seems like you feel guilty because you’re getting what you want.”
“I don’t want to lose you,” Jacob said. “I don’t want more children more than I want you.”
“You’re lucky you don’t have to choose,” Jill said.
He smiled at her and slowed down for the light at Sixth and Kalamath. Jill woke Katy up around Josephine. Katy watched with round eyes as they drove past their old apartment and turned down Vine to Liks on Vine and Thirteenth.
“Look there’s Paddie!”
Jacob smiled at Jill.
“It’s a really good life,” he said.
Denver Cereal continues tomorrow…