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Chapter Five Hundred and Seventy-nine : You're funny (part five)

CHAPTER FIVE HUNDRED and SEVENTY-NINE

(part five)

What?” Jacob asked.

“Sam’s a carpenter,” Blane said.

“It’s all Dad’s ever wanted to do,” Valerie said. “Outside of being with Jill and having kids, what have you ever wanted to do? And I don’t mean what you want to do for me or for Dad or for Mom or for Delphie or anyone else. How do you want to spend the rest of your life?”

Jacob scowled.

“I …” Jacob sighed. “I gave myself a year to figure it out.”

“You’re getting depressed,” Blane said. “You might not notice it but the rest of us do.”

“You’re moving at half-speed,” Valerie said. Her eyes welled with tears. “I don’t want to lose you.”

Jacob looked at his sister and then at Blane.

“I don’t know what I want to do,” Jacob said. “Right now, I need to finish this remodel so my cousin and his family can move in.”

“And then what?” Valerie asked. “Another remodel?”

“That’s likely,” Jacob said.

“You’re slowly drifting away,” Blane said.

“When was the last time you felt really alive?” Valerie asked.

“When the cherubim were working on rebuilding my body?” Jacob shrugged.

“Funny,” Blane said.

“You’re funny,” Valerie said.

Jacob gave her a big grin.

“I talked to Jill,” Valerie said. “She agrees with us, by the way.”

“What did you talk to Jill about?” Jacob asked.

“We think you need some time to yourself,” Blane said.

“You mean like I had in the golden cottage?” Jacob asked. “Trying to save your ass?”

“Something you did,” Blane pressed his hand into his chest, “for me.”

“And?” Jacob asked.

“What do you want to do for you?” Valerie asked.

Jacob scowled at her. His hands went to his hips.

“What did you talk to my wife about?” Jacob asked.

“Jill agrees that you seem aimless,” Valerie said.

“You’re getting depressed!” Blane said.

“And your solution?” Jacob asked.

“When was the last time you went fishing?” Blane asked. “Spent a week at the cabin?”

“Jill and I …” Jacob started.

“You used to go once a quarter,” Blane said. “You said it was necessary for you to hear yourself think.”

“Life changes,” Jacob said with a shrug.

“Katy is in school,” Valerie said. “The twins are at school most of the day. Jill’s in school full time. Edie’s here to fill any gaps.”

“And you’re installing cabinets,” Blane said.

Jacob squinted at them.

“What?” Blane asked.

“What will it take for this conversation to end?” Jacob asked. “For you to go away?”

“Huh,” Blane looked at Valerie and she nodded. “That’s cranky for you.”

“And?” Jacob asked.

“You’re isolating,” Blane said.

“So your solution is for me to go off by myself and …” Jacob said.

“Actually, our solution was …” Sam said as he came around the corner.

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