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Presenting Room 103

Originally posted on Dellani Oakes:
Cover by Suzette Vaughn Deputy Marshal Marice Houston is back in Kansas, attending her college reunion. Staying at a small motel in town, she gets friendly with the owner, Todd Englund. Something about his name resonates with her law enforcement mind. She remembers he was tied to a rape case…

First Love – Part 51

Originally posted on Dellani Oakes:
Clayton’s approach to Maddie doesn’t go as planned. He ends up spraying himself with Dr. Pepper. He heads to the back of the building to hose the soda off himself. Patti followed. “That went well.” “Shut up.” “You want her? Bring your A Game.” “What if I don’t have one?…

First Love – Part 50

Originally posted on Dellani Oakes:
Feeling sorry for himself, Clayton wanders off and Patti follows. He feels upset because he thinks Gabe is better looking and better built than he is. “Have you looked in a mirror lately—at all?” Patti asked. “Yeah. So?” “So, what do you see?” “A scrawny guy who needs a haircut.…

First Love – Part 49

Originally posted on Dellani Oakes:
Filthy, but happy, Jose, Gabe and Luis bring in their stone altar cross. Rather than going home covered in ashes, they decide to have a fire hose shower—with Maddie at the helm. Clayton and the other boys pulled off their shirts and capered around in the chilly water. Gabe and…

First Love – Part 40

Originally posted on Dellani Oakes:
Maddie chats with Patti and realizes that Clayton really does like her. Though she tries to talk to him, he refuses to speak to her. Frustrated, she heads to bed. “So?” Patti asked. “He won’t talk to me.” “Are you really surprised? You kissed another guy.” “Clayton isn’t my boyfriend,”…

First Love – Part 38

Originally posted on Dellani Oakes:
Gabe tells Maddie why the men are there. She asks if she should be scared, but he tells her that he hopes she won’t be—then he kisses her. It’s just a light, fleeting thing, but Clayton (and pretty much everyone else) sees. Clayton and Madison had grown up together, their…

First Love – Part 32

Originally posted on Dellani Oakes:
Clayton and Gabe end up at the gang hangout and encounter Ramon, the leader. He admits that Claire is there and says that he simply took some pictures of her. Gabe tells him if she was violated, he will get even. Ramon doesn’t like the threat, but he does believe…

First Love – Part 31

Originally posted on Dellani Oakes:
Claire is in the clutches of the gang leader and the men of the church, along with Clayton and Gabe, are looking for her. Not finding her anywhere else, Gabe decides to go to the gang’s hangout. Clayton raised an eyebrow at Gabe. The young Mexican man tipped his head…

First Love – Part 30

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Claire makes her way through town and ends up somewhere she really shouldn’t be, a gang hangout. She asks the leader for marijuana so she can plant them on Maddie. He delays, offering her a drink. Foolishly, she drinks it all. “I don’t feel well,” Claire said. “I wanna go…

First Love – Part 29

Originally posted on Dellani Oakes:
Jose organizes a search party. Clayton is allowed to go along because he speaks Spanish and doesn’t look particularly white. Also: We flash back to Claire and how she spent her day. She carried some cash in her pocket and more in her sock. Dressed casually in jeans and a…


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