CHAPTER TWO HUNDRED
“How did you end up here?” Tanesha asked.
“Jeraine called Aden this morning,” Bob said. “Probably right after you left. Aden called me. Of course, I know Bumpy. When I got here, there was all kinds of… nonsense going on.”
“Would you like some tea?” Tanesha pointed to her tea stash.
“Bless my soul, I haven’t seen that tea since I was a kid,” he said.
“I’ll take that as a yes,” Tanesha said and took down two mugs.
“There were high, half naked girls hanging all over each other,” Bob shook his head at the memory. “The place was rank with dope smoke.”
“What did you do with them?” Tanesha asked.
“I told them to leave,” Bob said. “I said they were distracting important business and they should take their party somewhere else. There was a lot of drama but I’ll tell you, a half hour after they left, the main movie guy thanked me. Once the party gets started no one wants to be the square who puts an end to it.”
Bob nodded to Tanesha as if she could understand that. She smiled.
“I’m supposed to tell you that Jeraine, and I quote, ‘Din’t do nothin’’”
“He sounds so ignorant sometimes,” Tanesha rolled her eyes.
“That’s what I told him,” Bob laughed. “I said, what are you ignorant? I’m not going to tell your wife something so stupid.”
Smiling, Tanesha poured water into his cup and hers. He picked up his mug to smell the tea.
“Wow, this does bring it back,” he said. “Of course, my Aunt June used to add brandy to my tea to help me sleep. I was three or four, but I did love that brandy.”
“We don’t have any alcohol,” Tanesha said. “Just tea.”
“There’s a bunch of food in the refrigerator,” Bob said. “The movie people had some caterers bring lunch. You can eat.”
“I’m okay,” Tanesha smiled.
“They’re hard at work,” Bob said. “Jeraine must be good because those movie people were a bunch of sass when they came in, but they’re doing what he says now.”
He took a drink of his tea and sighed. His eyes traveled Tanesha’s face and she smiled.
“I want to tell you about your Mom,” Bob said.
“The doctors will tell you she’s brain damaged or whatever,” Bob said. “And she has some problems. No question she has some problems. But Yvonne, she’s smart and strong – tougher than you’d ever know. Someday, he’s going to let her go and she’s going to come right out of this. You watch. I always said, she…”
Just then the elevator dinged. Bob set his tea on the counter and jogged from the kitchen.
“Not a chance,” she heard him say. “I said you aren’t coming in here with that.”
And she laughed.
Denver Cereal continues on Monday…