Chapter Six Hundred and Fifty-four - Goodbye to an old friend; hello to a new friend (part three)
Chapter Six Hundred and Fifty-four - Goodbye to an old friend; hello to a new friend (part five)

Chapter Six Hundred and Fifty-four - Goodbye to an old friend; hello to a new friend (part four)


(part four)

They were almost done with dinner when Tanesha came out of the Castle. She was wearing black pants, a black jacket and a silk top. She’d even put on makeup. Jill, Heather, and Sandy came behind her wearing similar black outfits. Jeraine got up from where he was sitting and went to her.

“What are you dressed for?” Jeraine asked.

“I thought we could hold a little memorial for Annette during your time of the show,” Tanesha said. “Jill contacted the television show and they’ve lined up thirty people to tell funny anecdotes about Annette. I think they have it all set up. I talked to the casino owner and he said that he would donate the money for this event for Annette’s other kids.”

“Why them?” Jeraine asked.

Dressed in clean black T-shirts and pants, Jabari, Maggie, Mack, Wyn, and Eddie ran past them.

“I guess they are destitute,” Tanesha said. “They can stay with their fathers. . .”

“They don’t have any money,” Jeraine said. “They’re just dudes. I thought Annette was. . .”

Tanesha shook her head.

“Everything’s mortgaged to the hilt,” Jill said. “It was a matter of days before the house was foreclosed.”

“She really needed that child support,” Jeraine said.

Tanesha leaned forward. Pulling back her face mask, she kissed his cheek.

“We’re all nearly ready,” Tanesha said. “Valerie is going to introduce the program. Jammy spoke with the management of your musical guest. I guess he had a relationship with Annette. He was all for celebrating her life.”

“But he’ll go on after we’re done, right?” Jeraine asked.

“Exactly,” Tanesha said. “I’ll be notified when they have everyone on the line. You should go get changed.”

Nodding, Jeraine went into the house. Jacob was standing in the kitchen tying his tie. His boys were sitting on the kitchen counters waiting for their father to tie their tie.

“Your suit’s over there,” Jacob pointed. “Tanesha said to just change your pants and jacket. Your tie is fine.”

“What do you think?” Jeraine asked. “I think I need another tie.”

“I’m just reporting on what she said,” Jacob said.

Bladen started to fall over. Jeraine caught the child. The boy reached up to Jeraine’s face.

“I like you,” Bladen said.

“I like you, too,” Jeraine said to the child.

Jeraine tied the boy’s tie.

“Thanks,” Jacob said. “You can set him down. They want to go find Jabari, anyway.”

Denver Cereal continues tomorrow...


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