By Gerri Hill
Jacqueline Keys used to be ostracized from her small place of birth of Pine Springs, Texas while she was once seventeen, despatched away simply because she used to be homosexual. Her relatives was once the biggest corporation 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 in basic terms baby used to be homosexual, couldn't tolerate the gossip approximately her kin. So, with 100 funds in her pocket and a one-way bus price tag out of city, Jacqueline used to be advised to not come again until eventually she had come to her senses. And that integrated being ready to marry the son of a company affiliate of the kinfolk. 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 demise. the short journey she’d anticipated for the funeral becomes weeks as she learns her father’s company is without notice hers to control. and she or he can also be back face-to-face with the girl who, as a teenager, were Jackie’s first overwhelm. She and Kay were inseparable as childrens, and later as adolescents. They locate themselves falling again into their previous conduct, and Jackie is quickly combating a similar emotions she’d had while she used to be seventeen. yet residing at the back of the pine curtain, Kay is petrified of her love for Jackie, fearful of what her relations 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 enable her cross? Or will Kay stick to her center?
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Yes, it would be nice. “Okay. ” “Great! I can’t wait to show off my kids,” Rose said. “And the hubby. He’s a really nice guy. You might remember him. ” “Geez, Rose. ” Jacqueline teased. “Yes. ” “Yes we have. He works out at the mill, Jackie. ” Jacqueline nodded. Yes, the lumber mill probably employed half the town, if not more. The mill. Soon to be her mill. Damn. ” “Now, you run along. Go see Kay. ” “Strip center. ” “Great. And come early. ” “Beer and the like,” Mrs. Garland whispered. ” “Well, you know you can’t buy alcohol in town.
And when they started dating boys, when Kay would go out alone with Billy Ray Renfro, it was all Jacqueline could do to not follow them to make sure that Kay was all right. Her eyes widened, wondering if Billy Ray was the one Kay had married. God, she hoped not. Billy Ray was a loser. “Well, I’m ofﬁcially invited to dinner. Mama is so excited you’re back. She’s got a cookout planned. ” “That’ll be great. It’ll be good to see everyone again. ” “Oh yeah. ” “Yeah? What about you? ” Kay shook her head.
You’ve got to ﬁnd yourself someone. You’re already thirty-three. ” “You know exactly what I mean! You spoil them rotten. I can’t even control them anymore. ” Kay laughed, pausing to kiss her sister on the cheek. “Thanks, sis. But I like this arrangement just ﬁne. ” Kay walked to the picnic table, blowing out the two tall candles that were still burning. ” “Jackie? She didn’t really say. I assume through the weekend. ” “No kidding. ” Kay paused. “Do you think anyone’s gone to see her? ” “Of course she’s got friends.
Behind the Pine Curtain by Gerri Hill