Crossed Lines

J.T. Marsh




1. Past (2002-2007)


When I was fifteen I left the smoky, wide-open skies of Dallas, Texas, for the rain and the thick, grey clouds of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It was less than a year after the twin towers in New York had fallen, and I’d spent that year living with my father before deciding, finally, to return home to live with my mother in a little apartment block somewhere on the city’s east side.

That year, I kept mostly to myself, managing a tenth grade quick and painless, turning sixteen along the way. Then, sometime through the eleventh grade I fell in love with my thirty-something Spanish teacher, Karen Thoreson, through the twelfth grade starting an affair with her. It was an involuntary act for both of us, to fall in love, and it scared me more than I’ve ever been scared of anything else. But even after all that’s happened, after all the suffering it’s caused and all the lives it’s destroyed, I still don’t know if I can say I’d have given up what we had.

It’s not that I don’t think we made no mistakes. There were a lot of things that happened that I would’ve done differently if I could go back and do it all over again. It’s just that what we had, for the time we had it, was so beautiful that I would never give back that feeling of having been with her.

Crossed Lines Description:

At seventeen Keith is a troubled young man from a broken home. At thirty-four, Karen is a strict but lonely Spanish teacher working her first teaching job at the inner-city East Vancouver high school Keith attends.

When they fall in love, theirs is a passionate romance that takes them on a path through the best and the worst of their lives, from the euphoric, almost religious devotion to each other to a twisted, liquor-soaked world of hatred and recrimination, the two soon blending into a paroxysm of pain and regret.

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