CHAPTER SIX HUNDRED and SIXTY-ONE
Sissy started crying again.
“What am I going to do?” Sissy asked.
No one said anything for a long moment. Aden looked at Sandy and she nodded.
“Are you asking us for advice?” Sandy asked.
“I guess so?” Sissy shrugged. “But don’t be offended if I don’t do it.”
“Of course,” Sandy said. “You’ve always been your own person, Sis. I wouldn’t expect that to change.”
Sissy gave Sandy a smile.
“So, my advice is this,” Sandy started. She took a deep breath and continued, “I think you should marry Ivan. The sooner the better. In the meantime, we’ll get him in to see Blane. See what Blane’s Chinese Medicine prognosis might be. Blane can talk to him about the process of getting the bone marrow transplant. Aden?”
“I agree with Sandy. Get married,” Aden said. “Enjoy the time you have. I also think that we should talk to Nadia. She talked to Nash almost every day. I doubt that she knows about this.”
“She doesn’t,” Sissy said. “Ivan wants to just fade away. Die with dignity and. . . Sorry, please continue.”
“The only other thing I would add is that I think you should talk to Delphie,” Aden said. “Get Ivan to talk to Delphie. If anyone can give you reasoned options, it’s someone who can see all of the outcomes. I’ll tell you, she’s been really helpful to me.”
“Really?” Surprised, Sissy asked in a laughed. “Delphie?”
“I’ve known her since Jake gave me the job as his assistant,” Aden said. “She told me that I would meet Sandy. She told me that I would have to be really patient. She got me working on myself so that I was ready when I had a chance with Sandy. I think she’ll help Ivan in ways we can’t predict.”
“But,” Aden said, with a grin, “you have to be prepared for some incense and tea and all the rig-a-morol. You know.”
Sissy gave him a watery smile.
“Whatever happens, Sis, we’ll be here for you,” Sandy said. “In fact, I wondered if we should look to buy you a place in Paris.”
“Oh, probably,” Sissy said. “I don’t know. Maybe when this is settled.”
“I’ll get our minions looking for something,” Sandy said.
“When do you have to tell the ballet companies?” Aden asked.
“Next Friday,” Sissy said. “I was asked to join the Denver Ballet, and that would be fine. I would be home with my family and everything.”
“Denver’s not Paris,” Sandy said.
“Got it,” Aden said.
“I know that I’m young,” Sissy said. “I. . . I mean. . . I really love Ivan. He’s been in my life for so long that even if we never marry and he dies, I will still feel a huge hole in my life. I will miss him the rest of my life. I just know it.”
“Why don’t we talk to him about that marriage thing?” Sandy asked.
“Would you do that?” Sissy asked.
Denver Cereal continues tomorrow...
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