CHAPTER SIX HUNDRED and FIFTY-FOUR
Jeraine lifted the boy from the counter. Bladen hugged Jeraine. Surprised, Jeraine wasn’t sure what to do. He set the child down. Bladen waited for his brother. The twins ran out of the house.
“Come on,” Jacob said. “Let’s get you dressed.”
Jeraine nodded to Jacob. He went into the bathroom and changed into a black silk suit. When he came out, his father, Bumpy, was standing in the kitchen. Bumpy held out a black silk tie to Jeraine.
“Oh, that’s perfect,” Jeraine said.
“Miss T said you needed it,” Rodney, Tanesha’s father’s voice came from around the corner.
Rodney came into the room with Yvonne and Jeraine’s mother, Dionne. Jeraine’s mother hugged and kissed Jeraine’s cheek.
“How are you holding up?” Dionne asked.
“I’m okay,” Jeraine said.
She kissed his cheek again.
“You ready?” The technology person leaned out from the stairwell to the ballroom. “We should start.”
“On my way,” Jeraine said. He turned to his mother, “Can you round up Tanesha and everyone?”
“Got it,” Jacob said. “Why don’t you let your parents go with you?”
Jeraine gave him a nod and went down the stairs. His parents and Tanesha’s parents followed behind him. He heard Tanesha and her girls at the top of the stairs. Jabari and his friends ran down the stairs. They brushed past him. He heard the children laugh. Katy and her best friend, Paddie, ran down past him.
Jeraine stood on the edge of the room as it began to fill with people. The doors were open and the fans were on. Everyone in the room was wearing a face mask. The rapper and his crew had set up on the stage while he was getting dressed. The rapper’s girlfriend was introducing herself to Tanesha.
The room became silent and Jeraine turned to look at who had entered.
Valerie. She looked absolutely radiant in her floor length black dress with long sleeves and pockets. The simple dress showed off her big hazel-blue eyes, long dark hair, and curves from baby Grace. While Jeraine had never been attracted to Valerie, he could see why she was a popular actress. Valerie checked in with Jammy and then came over to speak with Jeraine.
“How are you?” Valerie put her hand on his arm. “How’s your head?”
“Good,” Jeraine said with a nod. “I’m okay. Hecate’s here. She does something that makes it okay.”
“I’m glad,” Valerie said. “Jammy says that they’ve announced this would be a fundraiser for Annette’s children on social media. I guess the concert was sold out. They decided to open it up.”
Denver Cereal continues tomorrow...
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