CHAPTER ONE HUNDRED and SEVENTY-FIVE
Monday evening — 8:35 P.M. MDT
An inexpensive rental car pulled up in front of the Castle and Teddy got out of the back. Before he could say ‘good-bye,’ the car sped down Race Street. The boy watched the car drive away. He looked so lost and alone that Delphie’s heart broke for him.
“Teddy!” Delphie yelled.
Teddy spun toward her voice. Seeing her, he waved.
“I’ll go get everyone,” Delphie said.
She turned to go inside.
“Mrs. Delphie?” Teddy asked. “Can you get the gate? I wasn’t here for this week’s new code.”
Laughing at herself, Delphie trotted across the driveway and let the boy in. She hugged him close. She felt Teddy’s body shake with sorrow and confusion.
“Don’t worry, Teddy,” Delphie said. “You belong with us for a while longer.”
“Teddy!” Charlie yelled from the side door of the Castle. “Hey everyone! Teddy’s here!”
Everyone who lived at the Castle came out to greet him. Noelle ran across the driveway to him. He let go of Delphie to hold her. Soon he was hugged and welcomed back into the Castle life. Aden took his bag from him then shoed Charlie, Nash, Noelle, Sissy, upstairs for bed. Teddy had changed into his pajamas and was arguing with Charlie through the bathroom door when Sandy caught up with him.
“Are you all right?” Sandy asked.
“I am now. Thanks,” Teddy gave her a sweet smile. He turned to pound on the bathroom door. “I would be better if I could get in the bathroom.”
Chuckling, Sandy left him to the boys nightly struggle.
Denver Cereal continues next week…