Chapter Six Hundred and Seventy-three - And really, when have you ever done anything on your own? (part six)
CHAPTER SIX HUNDRED and SEVENTY-THREE
“Plus our masks,” Dionne said, touching the cloth mask over her face.
“Is it true that the governor is giving Jacob vaccines?” Dr. Bumpy asked.
“The company has agreed, as a whole, to take them or stay home,” Rodney said. “Of course, we’ll see what happens.”
“Good stuff,” Dr. Bumpy said. “Dionne and I are getting them next week, as well. Yvie?”
“She’s covered at work,” Rodney said. “Jake told the governor that it was stupid to not vaccinate all of the adults in a home. Somehow, he got the governor to agree.”
“Valerie probably talked to him,” Yvonne said.
Dionne and Yvonne gave each other knowing nods.
“No idea,” Tanesha said.
“Listen,” Jeraine said, coming into the sitting area. “We’re not here for vaccines.”
“Okay, son,” Dionne said. “We’re just chatting.”
“Lovely home,” Yvonne said.
“I’ll show you the recording studio when we’re done here,” Jeraine said.
“Can’t wait,” Dr. Bumpy said. He rubbed his hands together. “Why are we here? Baby?”
His face lit up and he looked at Tanesha, who shook her head, and then to Jeraine. His son looked overwhelmed.
“What’s happened?” Rodney asked.
“We need some help,” Tanesha said.
For the next hour, they talked through Annette’s children moving to Denver. When they were done, their parents went to look at the recording studio.
Tanesha’s phone rang.
“What did they say?” Jill asked.
“They’ll help,” Tanesha said. “Mom said that she and dad had been talking about adopting some of these orphans. So, they knew all about what’s going on and said that they would help.”
“How do you feel about it now?” Heather asked.
“Are you guys at the salon?” Tanesha asked.
“We’ve been waiting to hear how it went,” Sandy said. “How do you feel?”
“Terrified,” Tanesha said. “I never wanted kids, I mean. . .”
“We can do this,” Jill said.
“Don’t overthink it,” Sandy said. “Kids mostly need food, safety, and acceptance. We’ve got that in spades.”
“What if I screw it up?” Tanesha asked. “What about school and being a doctor?”
“We’ve got this,” Jill said.
“Don’t even worry,” Heather said. “We’ve got this.”
“And Jer?” Tanesha asked. “I mean, he’s just getting on his feet and his head and. . .”
“Everything is going to be fine,” Heather said.
“Promise?” Tanesha asked.
“Promise,” Sandy said. “We’ve got this.”
“Okay,” Tanesha said. “Thanks.”
Tanesha hung up the phone. For a long moment, she stared at the wall. Shrugging, she went to go find Jeraine and their parents.
Denver Cereal continues on Monday...
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