CHAPTER FIVE HUNDRED and FIFTY-THREE
Pierre and Nelson hugged each other for a long moment. Pierre gave Nelson a hard kiss on the cheek before letting him go. They were just separating when they heard someone come to the door.
“Hello?” a woman’s voice called from the front door. “Nelson?”
Recognizing the voice, Nelson grinned at Pierre.
“You’ll never believe it,” Nelson said. He called toward the door, “Coming.”
He jogged down a few steps to the entry of his home. Honey Lipson-Scully sat outside the front door. Maggie was on her lap.
“Oh, Nelson,” Honey said with relief in her voice. She saw Pierre and said, “Mr. Semaines.”
Pierre looked at Honey and then back at Nelson.
“You remember, Honey, don’t you, Dad?” Nelson asked. “She’s married to Michael Junior. He goes by MJ now.”
“Really?” Pierre asked. His eyes asked Nelson the obvious question.
“We’ve worked it out,” Nelson said with a nod.
Glancing at his son, Pierre knelt down to Honey.
“Who do we have here?” Pierre asked.
“This is Maggie,” Honey said. She looked at Nelson. “I’m so sorry, Nelson, but Maggie is sick. She has been asking for you. I wondered if you’d mind keeping an eye on her. She has strep. Is that okay?”
Nelson picked the little girl from Honey’s lap. Red faced with fever, Maggie looked at Nelson and then at Pierre. Her large blue eyes blinked at Pierre.
“My father,” Nelson said softly to Maggie.
The girl smiled at Pierre before collapsing into Nelson.
“It’s strep,” Honey repeated.
“That’s okay,” Nelson said. “Is MJ traveling?”
“He’s here,” Honey said. “But I have that doctor’s appointment. You know, the one we talked about?”
Nelson gave Honey a quick nod.
“Heather’s on school pick up today,” Honey said. “She said that she can take her if …”
“Maggie is welcome here,” Nelson said.
Pierre silently watched his son’s face.
“I assume that if Maggie is sick then …” Nelson said.
“Yes,” Honey said. “The rest of the Wild Bunch are sick too. Val and Mike are taking them to the pediatrician.”
“They are welcome here too,” Nelson said.
“Oh, good to know,” Honey said. “Only Jabari isn’t sick. Maybe. That child is so hardy that you never know if he’s sick or not.”
“The doctor will sort it out,” Nelson said.
“Let’s hope so,” Honey said. “I just … You’re sure you don’t mind?”
“Not at all,” Nelson said.
“Thanks,” Honey said.
She turned in place to go.
“Good luck,” Nelson said.
Rather than respond, Honey sighed and started out the door.
“You’ve really connected with…” Pierre said.
“Let’s just say that you’re not the only person I had to forgive,” Nelson said.
“Oh yea?” Pierre asked with a chuckle.
Nelson looked at his father for a long moment.
“Once I forgave myself, it was all pretty easy,” Nelson said.
Pierre hugged Nelson. After a moment, Maggie made a sound.
“You’re squishing me,” Maggie said in a hoarse voice.
“Yes, I am,” Pierre said. He rubbed his hands together. “It’s been a while since I had a sick infant to care for. Do you have popsicles?”
“I’m not an inf’nt,” Maggie said. “I’m Maggie.”
Completely charmed, Pierre grinned.
“Why don’t you get comfortable and I’ll set everything up?” Pierre asked.
He gave Nelson such a big smile that Nelson dropped an eyebrow in “What?” Grinning, Pierre shrugged. Nelson went to the couch and sat down. He closed his eyes for a moment and opened them.
“It’s really a great life,” Nelson said softly.
Denver Cereal continues on Monday…
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