First Sentence Friday! CHAPTER TWENTY

First love.  Do you remember yours?  I remember mine.  He was a junior in high school.  I was a sophomore.  He was part of the “cool” crowd, not the popular football, cheerleader, member of various different clubs sort of crowd, but still very well liked and “in.”  This was back in the day of Grateful Dead, Aerosmith, and Bachman Turner Overdrive.  Cream, Grand Funk Railroad, and ELO.  It was all about the swagger in Levis, Levi jackets, long hair and Wallabees.   I remember wearing “angel” shirts, cropped so they showed my mid-drift, or fitted shirts with wide belted bell bottoms, and my hair hung halfway down my back.  We smoked.  We slouched when we walked along the crowded school hallways hand in hand.  I was smitten, starry-eyed, and oh so innocent.

We lasted three months.  I think.

First love is like a rite of passage into adulthood,  where the first emotional scars of hurt or disappointment form, and while the Stampers are getting settled into the life of the traveling show and their talent draws in a good crowd, the only person Wallis Ann cares to see is the high diving performer, Clayton Jones.  For Wallis Ann, this is her first real interest in someone of the opposite sex, and like any young girl, she’s excited about the possibilities of what any amount of attention from him might mean.  She’s trying to read between the lines, while believing he’s there for her.

Chapter Twenty

Clayton come to our performances regularly.

Publishers Lunch BUZZ BOOK Fall/Winter 2017, and a SIBA (Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance) Trio Pick for 2018, THE ROAD TO BITTERSWEET releases December 26th, 2017.  

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