CHAPTER SIX HUNDRED and THIRTY-SEVEN
“No,” Jacob said. “Let’s give everyone a few weeks to clean up.”
“Good thinking,” D’Shawn said. “I had more than a few guys ask me where to get stuff.”
“They can just go to Colfax,” Pete said. “I mean, not that I go.”
“We’re going to piss test you first,” Jacob said pointing to Pete.
Pete looked offended, but Jason and D’Shawn laughed.
“Nah, man, we’ve been keeping each other straight,” Jason said. “We won’t let you down, Jake.”
“That’s not to say that we aren’t thrilled to be called back,” Pete said with a laugh.
The other men nodded.
“When do you think the money will get here?” D’Shawn asked.
“Two weeks?” Jacob asked. “It’s a gamble. But the governor’s serious about getting folks working. So we have to trust that they will get it together.”
The men nodded.
“Is this what they’re doing at the other site?” Pete asked.
“Yes,” Jacob said.
“I’ll coordinate with them,” Pete said. “Bambi and Honey are running the other sites?”
“We weren’t sure how to make it work so Bambi suggested combining teams,” Jacob said. “Jose and Javier combined their teams. Bambi and Honey combined theirs. You and Mark will be the first single teams to try the job sharing.”
“I’ll talk to Bambi and Javier,” Pete said. “They probably have a lot to say about all of this.”
“Honey’s been working from home. I know it’s really hard, but they’ve managed to do it,” Jacob said. “Tres set up a spreadsheet that will help. We have four full teams rotating now. You’ll get two more going. The other site will two teams which will bring us close to full employment. Close. So if you have some wiggle room, remember that there are people waiting and wanting to work. They’d rather be here working than getting paid at home. So bring them here — even if it’s just to get supplies, sweeping, or whatever.”
“Got it,” Jason said. “Our team is set up in teams, so I’ll call the team leaders. I’ll get the other team set up that way as well.”
“Can you help Mark if he needs it?” Jacob asked.
“The black man. . .” Jason put his hand on his chest, “. . . has always helped the white man.”
“Right,” Jacob said. “But we’re talking about Mark. I’m not sure he’s a man.”
Pete, D’Shawn, and Jason laughed.
“Don’t worry, Jake,” Pete said. “We’ve got this.”
“Just let us know if you need anything,” Jacob said. “Dad’s still a little weak, but he’s free of the virus. He can help some. Blane, myself, and Aden are only a phone call away. Tres and his team, too.”
“What about schools?” Jason asked. “My kids miss their friends.”
“We’re working on it,” Jacob said. “We have crews working on the air systems. Our lawyers are negotiating with the state.”
“Right, but what do I tell my wife?” Jason asked.
“Since she’s one of our lawyers, you can tell her that you believe in her ability to work this shit out,” Jacob said. “And, if the kids drive her crazy, she can bring the kids to the Castle. Delphie’s teaching kids about planting and growing.”
“Good to know,” Jason said.
“You want to nap here for a while?” Pete asked as a joke.
“I do,” Jacob said. “But Blane would. . .”
“Oh good, you’re done,” Blane said, sticking his head in the trailer. He nodded to D’Shawn, Pete, and Jason. “We have to go.”
Jacob grinned at the men and left the trailer. D’Shawn, Pete, and Jason went to window to watch Blane talking to Jacob. The men laughed at Jacob and Blane until they got into an SUV. For a moment, they just looked at each other.
Then they got to work.
Denver Cereal continues on Monday...
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