CHAPTER SIX HUNDRED and FORTY-FIVE
“Is there a problem here?” Delphie asked.
“All or nothing,” Barry said. “The rules are clear. This is either a growing space or a store front or a living space. It can’t be everything to everyone.”
“Will this affect our plans to expand the school or the new infant center?” Valerie asked.
“No,” Barry said irritably. “I told you that.”
“I was just making sure,” Valerie said with a grin.
“Perfect,” Jacob said. “You want to grab a shovel, Radow?”
The inspector looked at Jacob for a long moment.
“You’re not doing anything right now,” Jacob said.
The inspector shook his head at Jacob.
“I’ll give you tickets to see Jeraine play tonight,” Sam said.
Barry Radow’s eyes flicked to Sam.
“Bring your wife,” Valerie said.
“Is it safe?” Barry Radow asked.
“We think so,” Sam said. “There’s always a risk, but wear your mask. We’ll have airflow and there’ll only be a few people. Can you come tonight?”
Barry Radow nodded.
“Not one toe out of line,” Barry Radow said. “My boss drives by this lot every damned day. If you screw up. . .”
“Tell him to stop by,” Jacob said. “He can have a fresh cucumber or two.”
There was a noise and the sound of trucks pulling up.
“Oh look!” Valerie said.
They saw Alex Hargreaves get out of the back seat of a two door truck. She went around to help her twins out of the truck. Her husband, John Drayson, slid out of the driver’s seat. The children ran forward to greet their friends. The group of children drew children from the surrounding housing. Heather passed out masks while Jill and Sandy helped Delphie with the plants in the back of the truck.
A loud squeal of tires brought some of Alex Hargreaves military team. They brought their families and shovels. They also brought a barbecue and coolers filled with food.
Jacob took charge of creating new garden beds. Some of the military team went to work with him. When the heavy vehicles arrived, Lipson Construction employees got to work again.
Delphie was the garden designer so she worked with Valerie to set up the beds with the right amount of sun. An hour into being there, a truck with trees arrived.
“You need a wind break,” Alex Hargreaves said to Delphie. “Along the north edge of the property there. The wind blows up off the light rail tracks. We have a lot of trouble with that in Afghanistan so it’s something I noticed right off the bat.”
“What did you get?” Delphie asked, her excitement and curiosity peaked.
“Pomegranates,” Alex said. “They are bushes in our climate. So we got a few Arborvitae. They should disrupt the wind and not interfere with the light. Will they work?”
Denver Cereal continues tomorrow...
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