Antoine was as much in love with pretty little Marilee as any fourteen-year-old bayou boy could be. When she began to outgrow him, near the end of their eighth grade year, it became a problem, but not as big as when his voice began to change. In spite of many fun-filled episodes, including a chinaberry fight, the summer before ninth grade was filled with anguish and torment as Antoine suffered Marilee’s rejection. Although his old cajun grandfather teased him about his loss of his sweetheart, Antoine received some advice from him that proved to be very true as the summer ended: “There are lots of little crawfish in the bayou,” he told Antoine, “It will hurt for a long time, or maybe not so long, but the pain will all go away one day when some other “lil” crawfish comes along to make your heart go “flip flop” again.
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