Chapter Six Hundred and Forty-nine - Now. What? (part one)
Chapter Six Hundred and Forty-nine - Now. What? (part three)

Chapter Six Hundred and Forty-nine - Now. What? (part two)

CHAPTER SIX HUNDRED and FORTY-NINE

(part two)

“It’s a lot,” Mike said.

Valerie nodded.

“Rodney’s guys are going to do some of the work,” Mike said. “A couple of them want to make things from the garden — jams, candles, breads, stuff they can sell at farmer’s markets or over the Internet. They have agreed to use this year as practice in exchange for Delphie’s recipes and help.”

“Delphie still wants to give everything away?” Valerie asked.

“Too many hungry people,” Mike said with a nod. “That’s what’s going on here. I mean, there’s no way to know how the kids are going to fit in at school.”

“I’m sure they’ll be fine,” Valerie said. “They love school.”

Mike nodded.

“What’s next for you?” Mike asked.

“Well,” Valerie sighed. “I am under contract for a couple of movies and an animated feature but everything’s still shut down. There are a couple of groups that have pulled off Covid safety, but mostly everything is shut down.”

“There’s no work for you?” Mike asked.

Valerie nodded.

“Jen arranged for me to do the audio work here in town,” Valerie said. “But, again, we have to wait until a recording studio opens up. Jeraine said I could use the equipment downstairs but. . . I don’t know. It seems like a big risk.”

Valerie sighed.

“Jake told me that that guy from the casinos said that. . .” Mike started.

“That’s complicated,” Valerie said.

Mike nodded and continued, “. . . the problem with the movies is funding. No one knows if we’re heading into a depression. People are truly scared. It was just a bit ago that the entire system came down. No one knows if it’s strong enough to hold through the pandemic or if it’s all coming apart.”

“Movies float on a sea of money,” Valerie said.

Mike nodded.

“We have to make our own decisions,” Mike said. “Do what’s best for us and our family. At least until this thing is over.”

Valerie looked down at her plate. Mike silently waited for her to respond.

“I feel. . .” Valerie said. She looked up at Mike. “I’ve been working so much the last few years.”

Mike nodded.

“We’ve been all over the world for movies,” Valerie said. “Some of those will come out in the next year or so. I’m still cast for Marvel so that will happen. And. . .”

Valerie wrinkled her nose.

“I’m not sure I want to work as much,” Valerie said. “It’s been really nice to be home. I, personally, have been involved with everyone’s lives. It’s been great, really great. I was gone such a long time and then we’ve been back and forth and everywhere. This is the first time that I’ve been home, just home, for an extended period of time. It’s been great.”

Valerie nodded.

Denver Cereal continues tomorrow...

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