CHAPTER SIX HUNDRED and FORTY-TWO
“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.
“Philosophical,” Tanesha said with a grin. “That kid. . .”
“You should watch him,” Mike said. “It catches up with kids. It was a while before Meg or I really realized that our parents were dead, or supposed to be dead.”
“Good point,” Tanesha said with a nod.
“Annette’s mother asked if you’d go to the funeral and bring Jabari,” Tanesha said.
“We can figure it out,” Mike said. “No point messing up today.”
Jeraine nodded and closed his eyes. He sighed.
“I guess I can’t believe it,” Jeraine said. “That’s she’s gone. She has been such a pain for such a long time that. . .”
“I doubt the pain is over,” Tanesha said.
Jeraine nodded. Each lost in their own thoughts, they stood together in silence. Jammy rushed through the door from the backyard.
“Jeraine?” Jammy said, concern was apparent on his face. “I just got the word that Annette has died.”
“Miss T just told me,” Jeraine said.
“I’m so sorry,” Jammy said.
Jeraine looked at Tanesha, and she turned to Jammy.
“Jabari had Covid when he got home from her house,” Tanesha said. “When I spoke to her about it, she said that her son wasn’t a ‘sissy’ and that she didn’t care about ‘no virus.’ So, it isn’t a surprise to us that she’s died in this way. It’s just very sad.”
“You want to talk to the press?” Jammy asked.
“I think we need to,” Tanesha said. “I’m in the hospitals five days a week. People are dying. We need to use every opportunity to let people know that this thing is real and deadly.”
“I’ll set it up,” Jammy said. He hugged Jeraine. “You okay?”
“Too bright out there for me out there,” Jeraine said. “Jake brought me to a cooler place. Miss T brought my meds.”
“Let’s wait until you’re set,” Jammy said. “Sam’s ready to open the ballroom. Would you like to come out?”
Jeraine looked at Tanesha. She gave him a soft smile.
“Let’s not give up today,” Mike said.
“Good thinking,” Tanesha said. “Come on.”
Jeraine got up and followed Tanesha into the living room.
“First,” Tanesha said.
She took Jacob’s sunglasses off Jeraine’s face and gave them to Jacob. She took out sunglasses popular in the 1920s.
“Your dad sent these over,” Tanesha said.
She put them on Jeraine.
“Looking good,” Mike said.
They each checked their facemasks before heading out into the yard.
Denver Cereal continues tomorrow...
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