18-year-old Billy Maddox is heading to Tucson’s Motel 6 for what promises to be a night of mindless fun with his ex-girlfriend. He quickly finds, though, that Darla Littlefield’s penchant for trouble-making has steered him on a collision course with law enforcement. As the full extent of his dysfunctional relationship materializes before his eyes, Billy realizes he needs to make changes fast. But Jessica Duncan, Billy’s friend from high school, only acts as a source of jealousy for Darla, whose lack of self-control soon achieves new limits. Will things end well for Billy? Who can tell? “Billy and Darla” is a short story from Jay Lemming’s Maddox Men series that describes one young man's journey to maturity over the course of a single night. The characters from “Billy and Darla” also appear in Jay’s literary novel, Billy Maddox Takes His Shot.
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About the Author
Jay Lemming is the author of the Maddox Men series of contemporary novels, novellas and short stories, including Billy Maddox Takes His Shot, Billy and Darla and the forthcoming novel, Green Bay Outsiders. The series follows five generations of men and their families in the Maddox family. Forthcoming novels in the series (following publication of Green Bay Outsiders) include Wichita Snake and Rynning. Read more about the Maddox Men series on Jay’s website. He is also the author of The Curse of Jaxx, a novella in the forthcoming Thin Mistress series. Another novella in the series, Under the Sea, is under development. Finally, Jay has also published five early short stories including The Colors of Autumn, Sandanam, My Scholarship, Playing Flashlight Tag and A New York City Vignette. He is the recipient of a grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and holds an MA English from Fordham University.