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“So many people have made so many sacrifices,” Alex said. “I don’t remember a time like this. I find myself in awe of the grocery clerks and farm workers. I’m embarrassed to say this, but I never really thought about them before.”
“Yeah,” Nelson said. “We’re surrounded by heroes.”
“We just don’t know it,” Alex said.
“Listen, I thought we could run up there and meet with some people,” Alex said. “If that’s okay with you. I tried to call but Blane said you’d already left. He said that you had time today.”
“I have time,” Nelson said.
“Good,” Alex said. “We’ll meet by the lake . . .”
“Lollipop lake?” Nelson asked.
“Really?” Alex asked with a laugh. “It’s called Lollipop lake?”
“In Garland park,” Nelson said with a nod. “We’re nearly there. French pastries?”
“Oui, mon ami,” Alex said.
Nelson grinned. There was a wonderful French patisserie around the corner from this park.
“Why are we meeting?” Nelson asked.
“To talk about our adventure,” Alex said. “I’ve been quietly setting up a team. I realized that many of the members were in town, so I thought we’d meet in the park.”
“You still look so. . .” Alex said.
“Thin?” Nelson asked.
“Muscular,” Alex said. “Blane?”
“We workout as a family,” Nelson nodded. “Manage our diets together. It’s been really great for me.”
“Blane’s a wonderful man,” Alex said.
“It’s all of us, really,” Nelson said. “Tanesha is a powerhouse in the gym. She runs circles around us. Jeraine’s. . . Well, he’s in magazines for his tight abs, so he’s all about our food. It’s incredible to be around Heather and Tres too. It’s like a dream team that I get to call a family.”
“I’m so happy for you,” Alex said.
Nelson smiled but didn’t respond.
“You run kind of heavy,” Alex said.
“Yeah,” Nelson said. “Since running in armor. My feet haven’t adjusted to not wearing it.”
“Does it make your ankles hurt?” Alex asked.
“Now that you mention it,” Nelson said.
“Would you be offended if I connected you with a running coach?” Alex asked. “I’ve used him for my hip. We train with him as a team. I think he can help you get off your feet and ankles.”
“Why would you do that?” Nelson asked.
“You’re loud,” Alex said. “Not a big deal while we’re out here, but could be a big deal on our adventure. And anyway. . .”
When she didn’t respond, Nelson turned to look at her.
“It’s a habit of mine,” Alex said.
“What is?” Nelson asked.
Denver Cereal continues tomorrow...
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