I’ve decided if I am ever going to publish this book I’d best do it under a pseudonym…there’s entirely too much taken from real life here. Part of the following passage actually did happen in real life.
“I am sick and tired of you disobeying the house rules. As long as you are under MY roof, you will do as I say!” Mrs. DeWalter huffed, trying to make her point but keep her voice down so she wouldn’t wake up her husband.
Maggie Frances thought for a moment what to say next, and loudly said the first thing that came to her mind, “Go to hell!”. Maggie Frances knew it was a bad idea, but couldn’t help it. Besides, it felt wonderful to swear – yes, the normally reserved, obedient student and worker – loved to swear, a lot, at home. It felt like little bubbles of stress would burst after using one of those naughty words. She loved shocking the family with the swear words when she was pushed beyond her means to cope.
Her mother turned a few different shades of red and purple in rage before responding. Mrs. DeWalter’s small but thick hand came forward and slapped Maggie Frances on the face, hard. Her hand felt like a brick and it made Maggie Frances’ eyes water. She knew it was a risky thing to do, telling her mother where to go. Even she knew that phrase was one of the most taboo phrases she could have said to her mother, despite hearing the phrase used frequently between her mother and step-father.
After Maggie Frances recovered from the strike, she heard her mother say, “You are grounded for 2 weeks”. While Maggie Frances was taken off guard with the slap, she quite expected the grounding. She didn’t even protest, even as ridiculous as it was to be 24 years old and grounded for being 15 minutes late, but stormed off to her room where she could cry and figure out if she had what it took to move out that very night and in with George.
About 20 minutes after crying and stewing in her room, she desperately wished she had the strength to do that, but she realized that would probably be a very bad idea and began to fervently pray that she would get that forensics job so that she would get far away from her home.
She also wondered if she should tell George about this latest development in the relationship between her and her mother, but decided against it, knowing that he’d flip out after hearing what happened. Her mother hardly ever physically touched her, in love or in anger. Whenever the rare occurrence of physical expression of her feelings towards Maggie happened, it usually was in anger.
No, thought Maggie Frances, it’s best we just sweep this one under the rug for now. No sense in getting George upset about it. Besides, I can’t even see him for two weeks. That thought really saddened her. George was her best friend. He believed in her even when she didn’t. He was her biggest supporter in this dark time of her life.
She wasn’t ready to admit to herself how much she was beginning to like him, more than just a friend. But she did realize he was very important to her and kept the crazies away.
However, in reality, I didn’t just go upstairs to my bedroom, I went downstairs to where my step-father was sleeping so she couldn’t come after me. The next day, she told me I’d better move my things out before I came home from my job. And, that is what I did. With the help of J (my now husband), I moved out into a mutual friend’s house to live with his grandmother for a few months, prior to getting hired for the crime lab job.
Obviously for the sake of moving the story along, I’m trying not to drag out the details too much. The process of getting hired for the crime lab took 18 months (yeah, that long), so lots of things happened between first applying and then actually getting hired. It’s very hard to condense that amount of time into a few chapters. I was hoping to do it in just one, but also develop the relationship between George and Maggie before she headed out for her training program 3 hours away from home.
I think I definitely have 50,000 words to write, and probably more to tell the tale. I want to cover a lot of things. This is definitely going to be a good read and a long novel in the end.