I was spending a lot of time alone in my room, worrying. My period was very late and I suspected I was pregnant. Maylon told me he was off to join the Army, not to count on him. My Mother was stalking around, watching every move I made. Even though Maylon had always worn a condom I was aware that they weren't always foolproof. I didn't know what I was going to do.
When I wasn't in my room, I would sit on the front porch in the evenings and watch the fireflies. There were no fireflies in California or Hawaii, so they were new to me and I was fascinated with them.
Finally, after several months, my period suddenly began. I was very relieved and slowly I began to go out of my house again.
One day I was visiting friends and ran into Katherine, the girl Maylon had supposedly been having an affair with while I was dating him. Katherine and I began talking and I was surprised to find out that I liked her. The more we talked the more we liked one another. Katherine was upset with Maylon too. It seems he had cheated on her not only with me, but with another girl. Katherine and I both agreed we were through with Maylon. We were both only sixteen or we probably would have plotted and had our revenge with Maylon.
In the meantime, military housing had become available, and we had a house on the base in Millington available. We were living about nine miles north of the base, by moving we would be right on the base. I would be around other military kids, there was a larger high school and it was going to be good for me to make a new start. And so we packed our bags and moved to Millington, Tennessee.