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


(part two)

“You think that’s because his love is a goddess?” Jeraine asked.

“He says that he learned to play from his older brothers and sisters,” Nelson said.

“Did you ever meet that Enrique?” Jeraine asked.

Nelson nodded.

“And?” Jeraine asked.

“He’s truly a horrible human being,” Nelson said.

“Seems like,” Jeraine said. “Everyone’s in back.”

“Barbecue?” Nelson asked.

Jeraine nodded.

“You or Blane?” Nelson asked.

“Blane,” Jeraine said. “He roasted an entire pig under the ground. I guess he did it today while he was working. I tried some and it’s. . .”

Jeraine mock swooned. Nelson grinned.

“I was thinking of mentioning Annette tonight at the show,” Jeraine said. He glanced at Nelson. “What do you think?”

“I think that it’s a very kind thing to do,” Nelson said. “But. . .”

“Yeah, yeah, better make sure Miss T is there to keep the rumors down,” Jeraine said with a grin.

“Good luck with that,” Nelson said. “They have to sell those magazines somehow.”

Jeraine snorted a laugh. They walked past the greenhouses to the backyard.

“I never get over this backyard,” Nelson said. “It’s like an oasis.”

“It is an oasis,” Jeraine said.

Nelson scanned the crowd. Everyone, including the rapper and his entourage, were wearing facemasks. The kids were playing.

“Just so you know. . .” Jeraine said.

“New dog?” Nelson asked.

Our new dog,” Jeraine said.

A fit, black dog with sharp upright ears and a long nose ran toward them with Buster the Ugly dog, and Sarah, Jacob’s yellow Labrador right behind him.

“That’s Anubis,” Nelson said under his breath.

“I’ve been told that it’s just a dog,” Jeraine said. “It is a Pharaoh Hound. Heather adopted it from the Denver Dumb Friends League.”

“Then it must be just a dog,” Nelson said.

The men turned to look at each other.

“Nah,” they said in near unison and laughed.

Nelson dropped to his knees to pet the dogs. The Pharaoh Hound licked Nelson’s face causing him to laugh.

“You are beautiful,” Nelson said.

The dog seemed to say “Thank you” with a nod of his head.

“He’s just a puppy,” Hecate said, as she jogged up.

“What’s his name?” Jeraine asked.

“Anubis?” Hecate asked.

Nelson and Jeraine laughed.

“I’ve got to. . .” Jeraine said. He pointed to where the rapper and his friends were sitting.

“Go ahead,” Nelson said.

Jeraine walked toward to his guests. Nelson watched as Jeraine began to introduce them to the other people of the Castle.

“I heard that you met a gorgon,” Hecate said.

“Three,” Nelson said. “They all had their heads.”

Hecate turned to look at him.

“I read up on them today,” Nelson said.

“What did you learn?” Hecate asked.

“Three sisters,” Nelson said. “And a whole bunch of nasty stuff. The one who was closest to me actually spoke to me. She was shockingly honest and clear.”

“They are that,” Hecate said. “You could say that they don’t care a rats ass about anyone except each other. But that’s not true either.”

Nelson turned to look at her.

“I. . .” Hecate started.

“I was driven to work and back home by the one who spoke to me in my dream,” Nelson said.

“That is interesting,” Hecate said.

“Why?” Nelson asked.

“They never go anywhere alone,” Hecate said. “They travel in groups of three.”

Hecate looked at Nelson.

“They are very interested in you,” Hecate said. “Any idea why?”

Denver Cereal continues tomorrow...


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