Worthy, Part 15


When Rhiannon and Genevieve arrive, Abigail takes them by the rehearsal hall, where Neil’s working on a new number for the band. After the introductions, Neil asks Genevieve, “Can you play a didgeridoo?”

“A what?” Genevieve says.

“It’s an aboriginal instrument from Australia.”

“Why are you asking her about this?” Abigail says. 

“I want to expand the band’s sound. You said she’s a prodigy.”

Genevieve considers it. “I don’t know. Maybe.”

“Excellent. I know a guy who could teach you.”

“Why don’t you just ask him to be in the band?” Abigail says.

Neil shrugs. “He wants too much money.”

“Do you need keyboards?” Genevieve asks. 

“Sure,” Neil says. 

Genevieve goes to the piano and sits. “Any requests?”

Neil thinks it over. “Steely Dan.”

Genevieve nods and looks through her music books. She takes out her Steely Dan songbook and turns to a page. She props the book on the music stand and begins playing the piano portion of Aja. Neil nods in time with the music.

“Oh yeah, she’s way better than I am,” he says to Abigail.

Rhiannon sits beside Abigail and puts her arm around her daughter. “Now this is something I recognize.”

“Jillian wants to get together tomorrow afternoon,” Abigail says.

“Did she say why?” Neil asks. 

“I think she just wants to get to know me.” 

“From what you told me, she didn’t make a very good first impression,” Rhiannon says. 

“I think she wants to make up for that.”

“Need any moral support?” Neil says.

“I’ll be all right,” Abigail says. “At least now I know what to expect.”

“If you make it to the Italian place, I can meet you there,” he says. 

“We’re having dinner,” Abigail says, indicating Rhiannon and Genevieve. “So I doubt we’ll get that far.” 

“Well, I’ll be there anyway, just in case,” he says. “This is the first time Jill’s been in Portland in a while.”

“Italian sounds nice,” Rhiannon says. “Perhaps we can meet Jillian as well. I just hope I don’t run into your father. Even after all these years that would be awkward.”

“No chance of that if Jill’s around,” Neil says. “He’s usually in LA, anyway. I only see him when he’s called in to consult on a case.”

Genevieve finishes and everyone applauds. 

“So, think you can use me?” Genevieve asks Neil. 

“Sure,” he says. “Think your mother would want to move to Portland?”

“I don’t know why not,” Genevieve says. “We’ve pretty much exhausted Seattle.”

“I seriously doubt Aunt Rosie would want to move,” Abigail says. “Seattle’s familiar to her. Plus our grandma is there.”

“You’re welcome to join us while you’re here,” Neil tells Genevieve. “If we’re ever up your way, we’ll look you up.”

“So, some sight-seeing followed by some Italian, then we get to hear your band,” Rhiannon says. “Sounds like the perfect Friday in Portland.”

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