CHAPTER SIX HUNDRED and TWENTY-SEVEN
“Jeraine lives here?” Quanshay asked.
Both children nodded.
“Your dad is going to be flipped out,” Quanshay said with a little laugh. “He’s just going to have to deal with it.”
When she laughed, her children laughed with her.
“Where have you been?” Kallyn asked.
“In there, I think,” Quanshay said. “Asleep. I just… I remember talking to… Oh my God, that’s Miss T. I know people have said that to me before but I never quite… Tanesha Smith is Miss T.”
Quanshay shook her head.
“Mercy,” Quanshay said. “Well… Can’t change the past.”
She looked at her children.
“Any idea why I’m here?” Quanshay gestured to the room she’d come out of.
“You’re staying in Fey Team Honey’s guest room,” Kallyn said. “I never would have guessed that it was here.”
“It’s really nice,” J’Ron said.
“Come on,” Quanshay said. “I’ll show you.”
Quanshay got up. The kids followed her inside to where she’d been sleeping. She was going to get dressed but when she saw the bed, her fatigue returned.
“Are you sick, Mama?” Kallyn asked.
“I doubt it,” Quanshay said. “I’m just tired. All of this stuff — virus, business, your dad being gone, you kids being home… I…”
There was a tap on the door. Quanshay saw the stack of masks next to her door. She put one on before letting Honey inside.
“I heard voices and wanted to check on you,” Honey said.
Uncomfortable with another adult they didn’t know, the kids moved away from the door.
“I can’t get over how well you’re walking,” Quanshay said.
“It’s still early in the day,” Honey said with a smile. She gave Quanshay a critical look. “How are you feeling?”
“Tired,” Quanshay said. “Hungry.”
“Should we get you a Covid test?” Honey asked.
“I don’t think so,” Quanshay said.
“Mom, you really…” Kallyn started at the same time J’Ron said, “Dad would want you to…”
“I guess I’d better,” Quanshay said.
“Best to be safe,” Honey said. “I’ll make an appointment with Dr. Bumpy.”
“Oh,” Quanshay said. “You know him?”
“He’s Jeraine’s father,” Honey said with a shrug. “We all see him.”
“Jeraine’s father?” Quanshay asked blushing. “I forgot that.”
“Is it okay?” Honey asked. “Should I call someone else?”
“No,” Quanshay said. “I really like him. We’ve come into to town to see him. He’s taking care of our kids and me through my pregnancy.”
Quanshay looked at her children.
“Where’s your brother?” Quanshay asked.
“He’s playing with the ‘Wild bunch,’” Honey said with a smile.
“Wild bunch?” Quanshay asked.
Denver Cereal continues tomorrow…
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