CHAPTER SIX HUNDRED and FORTY-ONE
Jeraine had forgotten all about Mike. He looked over at Mike.
“Right beside you, buddy,” Mike said.
Not sure if Mike had read his mind, Jeraine just nodded. He followed Jacob around the back of the Castle until they reached the shaded calm and quiet of the chicken yard. Jeraine took what felt like his first breath of the day.
“Feeling better?” Mike asked.
Jeraine nodded. He looked up to see Tanesha walking toward them. She was dressed up in something she’d gotten from Valerie. She was so much taller and more muscular than Valerie, it was hard to believe that they were almost the same size. This dress was a burgundy and little short, which showed off her muscular legs.
Jeraine smiled at her, and she smiled back. He heard a camera going in the background, but he didn’t care. He was just so glad to see her.
Tanesha kissed Jeraine on the cheek, and they embraced.
“Love you,” Tanesha whispered before moving away from him.
Jeraine watched as Tanesha spoke to everyone and came back to him. At her insistence, they went inside the Castle.
“Phew,” Tanesha said. “I thought we’d never shake that photographer.”
“He did seem oddly obsessed,” Jacob said.
“Well. . .” Tanesha turned to look at Jeraine. “I need to tell you something.”
“Do you want your meds first?” Tanesha asked.
Jeraine shook his head. Tanesha winced but continued.
“After you left, I got a call from Annette’s mother,” Tanesha said.
“Who’s Annette?” Jacob asked.
Jacob pressed a cool glass of water in Jeraine’s hand. Jeraine drank it down, and Jacob went to get more.
“She’s Jabari’s mother,” Tanesha said.
“The one who gave him Covid?” Mike asked.
“What about her?” Jeraine asked.
They were so surprised that he spoke that they turned to look at him.
“That’s my Jer,” Tanesha said and kissed his cheek.
Jacob gave Jeraine another glass of water, and Tanesha gave him his medications. She waited to continue until he’d swallowed his medications. He nodded.
“What’s going on with Annette?” Jeraine asked.
“I guess that she got Covid,” Tanesha said. “Her mother said that it happened very quickly.”
“What happened?” Jeraine asked.
“She’s dead,” Tanesha said.
Jeraine sucked in a breath.
“Her mother said that she was fine the last time her mother saw Annette,” Tanesha said. “She. . . Her mother went to pick her up for an appointment and found in her bed. She had been dead some time.”
“When?” Mike asked.
“This morning,” Tanesha said. “About a half-hour ago. The paramedics said that she likely had a heart attack brought on by Covid. According to her mom, she had at least three positive Covid tests. Her mother’s very angry with her for not taking care of her Covid. But you know, Annette believed Covid was a hoax.”
“That’s awful,” Jeraine said. “Where’s Jabari?”
“He’s at home,” Tanesha said. “I already told him.”
“How is he?” Jacob asked.
Denver Cereal continues tomorrow...
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