Holding Eric part 12
Jacob irritated with Aunt Ginger remarks as he held the phone ringing, going direct to voice Mail hanging it up placing the phone in his shirt pocket pausing, looking out over the parking lot before getting down hooking everything up returning sitting looking over at the bag, pushing the Air valve in with a jerk moving forward to the interstate.
Grandfather David and the kids arrived after there long trail ride, Becky and Colleen riding in the back seat hurry to get out waiting for Jake, all smiles he had them trapped till he open the door letting them out this time, they like keeping him waiting for the most times they rode in the front now it was his turn.
“Jake let your sisters out” Grandfather said smiling looking over at Jake standing holding the knob looking up at them waiting.
“Ok it not fair they always keep me back there” Jake said letting them out
“Dwe’bb” Colleen said getting out only to look upward seeing her Mother waiting “Mom he wouldn’t let us out” Sarcastically with her head in the air snicker over at Jake.
“Maybe he wants his imaginary friend to get out first” Becky said getting out smirking
“He’s not real” Jake said moving away over to his mother
“Well if you didn’t hold him’ he wouldn’t do it to you” Mother (Penny) said smiling down to Jake raising his head back up knowing she was telling them to stop.
“Hi David’ how where the kids behaved?”
“Like fly in shit”
“Grandpa!” Becky remarked waiting on Colleen to get her stuff she forgot from the truck
“Hear from Jacob?”
“Yes he called’ you kids go inside will be right along”
Becky turn to Jake “Well you bringing your friend with you Jake”
“MOM” Jake said aggravated
“Becky stop antagonizing your brother”
Becky walking with Colleen while Jake rush past them inside.
“So he coming home for the weekend?”
“Be home tomorrow night”
“You sound different everything ok with you two?”
“Yes its fine you got a few maybe have some coffee?”
“Of course maybe you can tell me what’s been going on with Jacob the past few weeks”
Jake already taken Jacobs chair holding the remote, Colleen laying on the floor with a small pillow watching cartoons while Becky sat reading her small book story not wanting to be interrupted.
David sitting at the table waiting for Penny to finish the coffee before sitting down with him only looking in at the kids slowly stirring her coffee.
“So Jacob doing ok?” David asking watching her
“Yes fine’ he’s been busy lately that’s all”
“That’s not all I know it’s more so tell me” Raising his head taking the sugar bowl over to his cup, slowly taking two spoons stirring it as she sat looking at her cup.
“He pick this kid up and it’s been bothering him ever scene”
“Kid’ the one that he said was hurt”
“Yes seems Jacob took a liken to him’ why I don’t know” confused looking again at her cup
“Maybe it’s something about the boy’ he just needs to understand”
“Understand’ he has plenty around here already losing his driver making him do all the runs”
“Well I’m sure it will be alright” sipping from the edge blowing into the cup
“No he stopped in Denver to see him”
“Denver that’s where the boys from?”
“No Jacob took him to Denver from Rhode Island”
“This boy he drove to Denver”
“To his Aunt’s house, he’s a runaway”
“I’ll talk to him it’ll be alright stop your worrying now”
“Maybe you can make some scents why he had to stop to see him”
“Maybe just to check make sure he was ok”
“I think it was something more I really do”
“I’m not sure Jacob was upset about him he didn’t want to talk about it”
“You don’t think anything happen between them’ Jacob loves you and the kids”
“I know just something’s been going on he’s not sleeping also”
“Not sleeping? This all started with the boy?”
“Yes the same week he lost the driver”
“I’ll talk to him will square things ok now just stop your worrying leave it to me ok”
“Ok’ Thanks David”
David saying goodbye to the kids, and again telling her not to worry, heading home.
Jacob pushing thru the night after stopping in Utah getting the last load off before stopping for gas, knowing his log book was over due on time, setting it next to the seat pulling up the spare just in case he was stopped, unable to rest pushing for home before dawn, down the back roads by the farms slowing down passing David’s farm seeing the barn and new horse trailer he bought for their Kentucky trip, stopping looking at the house with just the porch light on slowly backing in the driveway.
Penny had awoken with sounds from the Truck backing in the driveway shutting it down, putting on her robe heading to the kitchen turning on lights, Taking the coffee pot over rinsing it as Jacob walked in the front door holding his carryon bag seating it down by the door looking up seeing Penny.
“Your home early I’m putting some coffee on”
“That sounds good … how’s Dad doing see he got his horse trailer” seating at the table watching her at the counter setting up the coffee pot getting two mugs down before sitting with him
“Your Dad took Jake with him to pick it out”
“I told him I would go with him” lowering his head taking a deep breath
“He understands you’re busy as usual”
“Not that busy’ we still had time before Kentucky trip”
“He knows you’ve been pushing again I told him about the last driver leaving”
“Great’ but Neil taking the runs for a while”
“Neil’ your cousin getting back on the road? …You want something to eat?”
“No I’m good just coffee”
“Thought you be in tonight so what happen?”
“Drove straight thru couldn’t sleep”
“You must be tired you look beat … tell me while I get us the coffee”
“Worried that’s all …. How Jake do on the colt?”
“Your Dad showed him a few things with his colt and he’s excited to show you”
“Good and the girls doing better roping the barrels”
“Yes’ the kids are just fine, drink your coffee and tell me what happen”
Jacob face all tighten looking at the steaming coffee slowly stirring the sugar around
“Jacob something happen let’s hear what happen” Penny asking taking the spoon from him, he sat looking at her for a second with a quick shake of his head, Penny reach over placing her hand on his looking up at him slowly raising his head
“Denver the bitch closed the door on me” Holding her hand telling her
“What she wouldn’t let you see the boy?” sitting back upright
Jacob taking a sip of hot coffee blowing at the rim to cool it down
“Eric was sent back to Rhode Island given to the state”
“Jess Jacob what he do?”
“I don’t know he seemed like he was going to be alright at his Aunts”
Sitting pondering drinking while penny sat watching him stew
“But you’re taking it hard’ so this is what’s been upsetting you?”
“Yes something about him’ he’s different … age and birthdays only a few days apart”
“So maybe we should check into it and find out about him them yes?”
“What check into him’ we have enough here already to worry about?”
“Jacob like you said something about him so will check what happen”
“What if he’s …”
“Jacob relax I’ll get your dad to help he won’t mind”
“My Dad hell Penny he’s already got his hands full with the new colts and Kentucky”
Finishing off his coffee ready to get up
“More coffee the kids will be up shortly”
“I need to shower before they get up or there won’t be any hot water”
“Ok’ you got about twenty minutes before Jake and Collen get up”
“Dad coming over this morning?” standing looking back at Penny taking the cups to the counter
“Said he would make breakfast for the kids”
“Great hope he’s in a good mood”
“Better hurry an take that shower sounds like he just pulled in” Penny looking out the window
“Ok’ I’ll be right out” hurrying to the bedroom
Penny reach up taking another cup for David before he came in setting it on the table as he walked in, David walked by looking down at the bag checking down the hallway hearing the shower.
“See he made it back” David said sitting down
“Just a short time ago, you wants some toast?”
“No how’s he doing any better?”
“He got Neil taking the runs for him”
“Neil thought he stopped driving?”
“Jacob didn’t say just he back driving”
“Maybe take some of the load off Jacob”
“I hope so”
Sitting with David over coffee Penny told him about Eric being placed in the state, saying Jacob was concerned about what happen to him and wanted to check into it, David said he could check into the matter for them, after all David did study for his Law degree, only using it sometimes when someone needed a quick Lawyer to help bail them out of jail.
Jake came in all tired sitting on David’s lap waking up.
“Your Dads home Jake” Penny said getting him an orange juice.
“He is” Getting down rushing to the bedroom stopping at the door seeing him spread out sleeping, returning back to the kitchen sitting in the chair.
“He’s sleeping right now”
“He’ll be up later and we can do the chores together before he wakes ok” David said smiling
“Ok Grandpa maybe we can go riding later I want to show Dad what new trick Bancho can do”
“Collen said you still seeing the image in the mirror?”
“Sometime’ he wants help”
“He wants you to help him?’
“Yes something about bars holding him”
“Maybe you could ask your Dad about the boy?”
“Dad ask Dad about an imaginary boy in a mirror” Frowning licking his lips from juice
“Maye he seen him also won’t hurt to ask’ I better start some Breakfast scrambled ok”
“With Bacon? And Hash brown squares” Jake asking smiling drinking orange juice.
Becky and Collen having breakfast together before heading out for their daily chores with Grandfather David watering, feeding and brushing the horses before letting them run in the field, David wanted to help out with school clothes heading into town, getting some nice outfits for the girls and pants for Jake, stopping on the way back at the video store buying a few new DVD’s while David and Jake looked among the outdated VHS Tapes, David found and older movie for all of them to watch later, Harvey. Becky thought it was foolish for an older man to have imaginary rabbit, sticking her noise in the air sort of making like she didn’t care looking out the window in the back seat, David stopped her a few times on the way back making jokes about Jakes imaginary friend saying he was too old to believing in such thing like the Easter bunny still, It wasn’t the first time she told him there was no Easter bunny that’s what lead David to find the movie.
Pulling into the driveway next to the blazer, Jake quickly got out holding his bag opening the door for the girls standing looking over at the truck while they hurried out, slowly Jake walked towards the truck, David almost to the door stopped looking over at Jake standing by the door looking to the window, David walked over next to him looking inside.
“Grandpa’ do you see anything inside?”
“Will just open the door and look for you ok”
“No Grandpa its fine we don’t have to look really.
David already started opening the door with Jake backing up scared.
“Jake there’s nothing inside look come here look” David said holding the door open checking the bunk area then spotted the notebooks and paper packs, Jake slowly looking up then quickly at the mirror letting out a deep breath of relieved.
“Come on Jake what is it this where you see the boy?”
“The mirror was first time but now he’s in the bathroom and hallway”
“So that explains why you put towels over the mirrors your mom told me about”
“Yes I … I don’t like seeing him he’s hurting” with water started in his eye’s rushing holding David “Now’ Now’ will find out together why he wants you to help him, think he’ll talk to me” David asking rubbing his back side walking back to the house.
“You thing I’m seeing things too I know he’s not real but it’s something right?”
“You’re not seeing things, something trying to reach for your help that’s all, say how old was this boy?”
Sitting on the front step together looking over to the truck again “Grandpa maybe my age but very sad”
“Your mind is open sometimes and it allows others to reach out to you like the Indian spirts”
“I’ve seen movies of Indian spirts way cool Grandpa … I’m just a kid”
“Sometimes spirts can reach out, maybe that’s all it is”
“This one had brown hair like mine, and a jacket on”
Behind them the door open turning back looking “Hi Mom Grandpa got me some nice pants want to see” Holding the bag upward.
“You to coming inside’ Jake your Fathers up go show him what you got”
“Ok coming in Grandpa?”
“Be right along go now”
“So what was that all about?”
“Just his mirror friend’ Jacob watching TV?”
“No having a late lunch you want a sandwich?”
“No let’s go in’ I need to ask Jacob a few questions”