By Gerri Hill
Jacqueline Keys was once ostracized from her small fatherland of Pine Springs, Texas whilst she was once seventeen, despatched away simply because she used to be homosexual. Her family members was once the most important agency within the county, possessing Pine Springs Lumber, and her father was once mayor of this small city. Her mom couldn't settle for the truth that her simply baby used to be homosexual, couldn't tolerate the gossip approximately her kinfolk. So, with 100 money in her pocket and a one-way bus price tag out of city, Jacqueline was once instructed to not get back until eventually she had come to her senses. And that integrated being ready to marry the son of a company affiliate of the relations. Fifteen years later—long after she’d hitch-hiked to la, lengthy after she’d labored nights to place herself via university, and lengthy after she’d written her first most sensible vendor, No position For Family—Jacqueline is persuaded to return to the tiny city of Pine Springs after her father’s loss of life. the short journey she’d predicted for the funeral becomes weeks as she learns her father’s enterprise is by surprise hers to regulate. and he or she is usually back face-to-face with the lady who, as an adolescent, have been Jackie’s first overwhelm. She and Kay have been inseparable as little ones, and later as youth. They locate themselves falling again into their previous behavior, and Jackie is quickly combating a similar emotions she’d had while she was once seventeen. yet residing at the back of the pine curtain, Kay is frightened of her love for Jackie, frightened of what her relatives will say, petrified of how town will react. Jackie refuses to conceal, refuses to move slowly again into the closet, so once more, she leaves Pine Springs . . . on my own. Will Kay permit her cross? Or will Kay stick with her center?
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Maybe that was just an excuse then or perhaps he was working on his grandchildren now. The azalea bed in the front of the house was bursting with blooms, and Jacqueline paused to admire them. She never understood how Mrs. Garland could work all day at the café and still have time to tend to her yard. That was one thing Jacqueline remembered. No matter the time of year, something was always blooming. From the shadows of the corner of the house, Kay stood, watching Jackie as she surveyed the yard.
I see Rose hasn’t changed a bit. ” “Yes. She should have been the oldest girl in the family, not me. ” “As I recall, she tried her best to take charge of us back then. ” Kay laughed, pointing at the very tree. ” Jacqueline met her eyes. “I have a lot of fond memories of that tree,” she said quietly. “Me, too. ” Kay asked. ” Jacqueline nodded. ” They were quiet, both remembering other times that some mischief Jacqueline concocted had gotten them into trouble. Mostly from Kay’s parents, though. They hadn’t spent a whole lot of time at Jacqueline’s house.
Jacqueline hadn’t even bothered to ask who she’d married or if she had kids. Probably. She’d come from a large family. No doubt she tried to duplicate that, much as Rose had done. “Come on, come on,” she whispered, lightly tapping the steering wheel. ” She ﬁnally opened the car door and stepped into the sunshine, her eyes looking through the glass into the store, trying to ﬁnd Kay. A few customers were milling about, but none looked familiar to her. She brushed at the hair over her ears, then nervously pulled at the collar of her shirt before walking purposefully to the door, hesitating only a fraction of a second before entering.