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October 31, 2010
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Excerpt from Deadlier than the Male by Sharon Sala
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Stars Crossing, Kentucky
Ten years ago
Eighteen-year-old Haley Shore was teetering on a maturity milestone. Tonight she was graduating high school. Excitement abounded as her father drove into the high school parking lot. She kept moving from one side of the backseat to the other, scanning the scene to see what her classmates were wearing and how they'd done their hair.
Haley had left her dark hair loose, letting the length brush the shoulders of her sleeveless jade-green dress, and chosen instead to focus on her makeup. A little eye shadow to highlight her green, almond-shaped eyes, a cherry-red gloss on her lips and she was good to go.
Her mother had spent the better part of Haley's life criticizing everything about her, especially her height and her mouth. She was five-ten in her bare feet, with sensuously full lips that had been the bane of Haley's existence until Angelina Jolie had burst onto the fame scene. At that point, Haley's attitude had shifted. Suddenly the face God gave her had become an asset, not a hindrance. While her mother continued to point out her flaws, Haley had grown old enough to realize Lena Shore was never going to approve of anything about her.
As her dad pulled in to a parking space, she leaned forward from the backseat of the car and tapped her mother on the shoulder.
"Mom. You brought the camera, right? Daddy.. you have to get a picture of me with Retta after graduation."
Lena Shore frowned at the question as she stared around the high school parking lot, checking to see if Mack Brolin's red sports car was anywhere in sight. Even though she didn't see it, she knew it didn't mean he wasn't there. She wasn't stupid. The fact that she had refused to let her daughter date a Brolin didn't mean it wasn't happening.
"No. I didn't bring the camera," Lena said.
Haley's heart dropped. "Mom! It's my graduation! How could you forget something that important!"
"I just did," Lena snapped. "Get over it. There will be plenty of people taking pictures. Ask for a copy."
"You shot four rolls of film the night Stewart graduated," Haley muttered.
Lena's face flushed. There was no arguing with the truth, but she wasn't going to discuss the fact that her older child-- and only son--was her favorite. Getting pregnant with Haley had been an accident, and she never let Haley forget it.
Ever the referee within his family, Judd Shore pulled into a parking space. "I'll go down to Kennedy's and get one of those disposable ones," he said.
But Haley's joy was gone. "Don't bother," she said. "Mom's right. There will be plenty of people taking pictures because they're excited, and proud of their kids who are graduating, even if you guys aren't."
Haley flew out of the backseat before her father could respond and stomped off toward the gym with her red mortarboard in her hand and the red gown over her arm.
Judd looked at his wife. In all their years of marriage, he'd never understood her. She made no attempt to hide her favoritism.
"You could at least have pretended you were sorry you forgot the damn camera," he said.
But Lena was too locked into her own thoughts to care what Judd Shore thought. She'd just seen Tom and Chloe Brolin pulling up a few cars over. The rage that she'd lived with for the past twenty years surged upward, flushing her face to a dark, angry red.
"What the hell are they doing here?" she muttered.
"Chloe's niece, Betty, is in Haley's class, remember?"