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Star Crossed by Susan Leigh Carlton

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Overview: star-crossed (adj)
(Of a person or a plan) thwarted by bad luck.
Bad things happen to good people.
Mattie Barber is one of the good people.
Mattie considers herself star-crossed. Drugged at her senior prom, she lost her mom, and her abusive father is in prison. Her big fear is bringing disgrace to Jason and his family. She lost everything in an apartment fire.
Jason Barber is the golden boy. Devilishly handsome, and the high school football quarterback. He was the smartest person in the school, and he married Mattie, the prettiest girl in town.
Is he destined to lose it all because of his obsessive dream?
Will they find happiness with each other, or are they headed for divorce?"

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Mattie and Jason

Walnut Grove, SC…

The contractors built most of the houses in the Walnut Hills subdivision on pier and beam foundations. The piers in the crawl space under the Taylor home were higher on the left side and became a favorite play space for Mattie and Jason, especially in the summer because of the cooler temperature.


Matties’ mother took her to Dr. Crockett for a preschool checkup that morning, and she was telling Jason about the visit.

“Did he give you a shot?” Jason asked.

“Uh huh. But Dr. Crockett is a lady doctor, and I didn’t even cry when she gave me the shot.”

“I never cry when they give me a shot. Boys don’t cry.

“Does your arm hurt where she shot you?”

“It wasn’t in my arm. It was in my hiney.”

“Oh. They don’t do boys that way.”


Santa Claus brought Jason a yellow dump truck for Christmas. It was his favorite toy, and he used his toy digger to load it with the South Carolina red dirt.

“All you ever want to do is play cars and trucks,” Mattie complained. “I want to play something else.”

He ignored her until she started crying. “Don’t cry. What do you want to play?”

“Let’s play house. You be the daddy, and I’ll be the mom.”

“That’s a sissy game. I don’t want to play that or dolls either. Let’s play something else.”

“I know what we can play,” she said. “Let’s play doctor. I’ll be the doctor, and I’ll give you a shot for going to kiddygarden.”

He pushed his sleeve up. “That’s easy.”

“They give kiddygarden shots in your hiney. You have to pull down your pants.”

“Huh-uh,” he said.

“How am I ‘posed to give you a shot if you don’t pull down your pants?”

“Well, I ain’t going to do that.” He thought for a minute. “I’ll show you mine if you show me yours,” he offered.


“You go first,” he said.

She pushed her panties down to her ankles, and Jason stared at her anatomy. “If you don’t have a wee-wee, how do you pee?”

“I just do.”

“Mom says I have to aim, so I don’t pee on the floor. How do you aim?”

“I don’t have to because I sit down. Now, show me yours.”

He pushed his pants and underwear down his legs.

She giggled. “It’s funny looking. Can I touch it?” she asked.

“If I can touch yours.”



Lisa heard the giggling. “What are you doing under there?” she demanded from the entrance to the crawl space.

“Playing,” Mattie said.

“What are you playing?”



Lisa took the answer in stride. I knew this was going to happen. I wonder if this is the first time. She played it cool. “Okay, guys, come on out. It’s time to get cleaned up for supper. You too, Jace.”

“Yes, ma’am.”

They pulled up their clothes and crawled out, blinking in the bright sunshine.

“Jason, you’re covered with red dirt. Brush yourself off before you go in your kitchen.”

“Yes, ma’am.”


Lisa told her husband about the afternoon escapade. He laid the newspaper on the table. “What did you do about it?”

“Do? I told Jace to brush the dirt off his clothes before he went inside.”

“Are you sure that’s all they were doing? What did you say to Mattie?”

“They’re four years old. What else would they be doing? I told her they were getting too big to play in the crawl space. What are you getting upset about? All little kids are curious about their bodies. I’ll bet you were too. Did you ever play doctor with that blonde who lived next door to you? What’s-her-name… Bunny?”

“Her name was Sunny, and I got a spanking for it.”

“Mattie isn’t going to get a spanking and, I’ll be disappointed if Jason gets one. Johnny Tarleton and I were completely naked when Mom caught us. He was an older man of five, and I think I was around four at the time. She told us to get dressed and not to do it again. That was the last time anyone saw me with no clothes until…” Her voice trailed off.

“Until when?” he asked.

“Until June 4, 1978.”

“How is it that you remember the exact date?”

“Every girl remembers the day she loses her virginity. June 4, 1978. It was our wedding day.”

“Oh yeah. Well, I don’t want it happening again.”

“I don’t think it will, but if it does, it won’t be the end of the world.


“What? Is there more?”

“No, I just wondered if Sunny looked better naked than I do.”

“I don’t remember how she looked, but you have a better figure.”

“Well, it’s one you won’t see tonight. I’m going to call Kari and make sure we’re on the same page about the way I handled it.”


Best Friends…

Kari Barber became Lisa Taylor’s best friend the day the Taylor family moved into their brand new home next door. Kari took a casserole, a salad, and a pitcher of iced tea over and introduced herself. “It’s such a hassle finding things after you move, so not having to cook the first night might help a little.”


The Taylor’s floor plan was a flip of the Barber’s, and she could see Kari’s silhouette moving about in her kitchen, so it was safe to call.

Kari answered on the first ring. “Why are you in the kitchen this late?” Lisa asked her friend and Jason’s mother.

“I could ask you the same thing,” Kari said.

“I only came in because Steve has already gone to bed, and I didn’t want to bother him. What’s up?”

“I thought you might enjoy hearing about our munchkins latest adventure.”

Kari let out a sigh. “What did he break now? Honestly, that boy is a walking wrecking ball.”

“Nothing like that this time. I took Mattie to see Dr. Crockett for her pre-kindergarten checkup today.

“Anyway, this afternoon, I heard them giggling in the crawl space, so I asked what they were doing. My little paragon of honesty said they were playing. Then she told me they were playing doctor, and she was going to give Jace his kindergarten shot. In his bottom, but he wouldn’t pull his pants down.”

“That’s my boy. He’s a real straight arrow.”

Lisa laughed. “Hah! So they changed the game to a ‘you show me yours and I’ll show you mine.’”

“That’s it then,” Kari said. “They have to get married.”

“I think Mike was thinking along that line too. I told Jace to brush some of the dirt off, so he didn’t track it in your kitchen, and I told them they’re getting too big to play in the crawl space.”

“At least they know boys and girls are different now. Do you think I should say something to Jace?” Kari asked.

“That’s why I called. I don’t plan on saying anything else to either of them and let it go at that.” Lisa said.

“I agree. I still play that game myself,” Kari said. “Vive la différence.”

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