Chapter Six Hundred and Fifty-five - Good morning
Chapter Six Hundred and Fifty-six - Early morning visit (part two)

Chapter Six Hundred and Fifty-six - Early morning visit (part one)


(part one)

Friday morning — 7:10 a.m.

Beep! Beep! Beep!

“Someone’s at the gate!” Nash said from the dining room.

“Someone’s ringing the. . .” Noelle said entering the dining room. Seeing Charlie and Nash, she said, “Oh.”

Charlie and Nash lifted a fork and pointed to her. Shaking her head at them, Noelle went to open two windows to give them airflow and moved to sit down.

“You should go get it,” Nash said with his mouth full, which sounded like, “Mu ff-ld mm rr m.”

“Ew,” Noelle said.

Mike poked his head into the dining room. Rolling his eyes at the children, he went to the closet where the gate controls were located.

“Hey! We have school!” Charlie yelled after Mike.

“Oooh school,” Mike said, sarcastically. “What?”

“Denver Police,” a woman yelled.

“So?” Mike asked.

“Can you let us in?” the woman asked.

“What do you want?” Mike asked.

A man’s face appeared on the monitor. He pointed at the monitor.

“Fuck you, Roper,” the man said. “Let us in.”

“Hey asshole,” Mike said. “I’m not letting you in until you put your masks on.”

He watched while the Denver Police detectives put on their facemasks.

“You want some coffee,” Mike said. “I was just making a pot.”

Mike hit the button and the two police detectives came into the Castle compound. Mike put on a facemask. He grabbed a stack of masks, opened the side door, and went to finish the coffee. The police detectives wandered into the building. They looked into the dining room.

Still chewing, Nash and Charlie pointed toward the kitchen.

“He’s in the kitchen,” Noelle said. “We’re just kids. We don’t know anything about anything.”

“Good to know,” the woman said.

The detectives went toward the kitchen.

“There’s some guys here,” Teddy said as he came into the dining room.

Teddy sat down next to Noelle. Jabari, Mack, and Wyn ran into the dining room. Maggie, Jackie, and Eddie ran in. The younger kids started arguing about which seat they were sitting in. Noelle got up from her seat.

“Jabari!” Noelle said. She pointed to a chair. “Here.”

“Mack, Wyn — go there and there,” Noelle said.

“Where should we go?” Maggie asked.

Noelle pointed to three chairs.

“Okay,” Jackie said.

Maggie, Eddie, and Jackie sat down. Noelle grunted. She closed the dining room door before she sat back down in her seat. After a few minutes, the only sound that could be heard was the crunching of healthy cereal.

“Who are you?” the male detective asked with a snort. “The fucking Goddess of Love?”

“Now that you mention it,” Heather said. “Yes.”

She cleared her throat and transformed into her goddess wear.

“Enough of that,” Blane said. He kissed her cheek and took a facemask from Mike. “No goddess wear before coffee.”

Mike turned around from the coffee pot. Mike looked from Blane to Heather and laughed.

“What do you want, Karowski?” Jacob asked as he jogged down the stairs.

Denver Cereal continues tomorrow...


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