Sharing Her Heart: The Prequel to Mrs. Maitland's SAD Valentine
Romance, First Love, First Time
A young adult romance culminating in loss of virginity in a Trans Am. In other words, how Judy Maitland met her first husband.
Judy Carlisle and the rest of the freshmen in her biology class hate Robert Maitland and his stupid Trans Am, at first. Then their nasty teacher pairs Judy and Robert as lab partners so she can help him pass biology, just in time for the Valentine’s Day pig-heart dissection.
Judy is terrible to Robert until he tells her off and makes her cry. Knocked down a peg, Judy sees Robert in a new light and she makes it her mission to tutor him.
During a study session one afternoon, a scream cuts through the quiet of the library, sending Robert into hero mode when he removes a snake from the building, earning the respect of the haters, and sparking romance between them.
But not all haters are high school students. When their biology teacher accuses them of cheating on the final exam, they must fight to prove their honesty to the school and their feelings for each other to their parents.
Following Judy’s eighteenth birthday, she and Robert celebrate Valentine’s Day at a Metallica concert, but the real celebration comes after, when they lose their virginity together in Rob’s Trans Am.
Robert turned out to be a better lab partner than Gwen because he was content to be my assistant, letting me have my nerdy fun with the stinky ball of muscle. We didn't wear gloves for a dissection in those days, and I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. Robert handed me the scalpel and watched while I cut. As I finished slicing it in half, Robert's eyes crinkled with his smile. "You love this, don't you?" he said.
I nodded and grinned. "I'm gonna be a science teacher someday."
In the back of the room, Ethan was bitching at his lab partner. "It smells disgusting. This is gross. I don't want to touch that thing." I chuckled to myself, realizing that my crush on him was not only silly; it was over.
The dissection was a good teaching experience for me since Robert knew nothing about the structures of the heart. I'd studied the diagrams and read the chapter from the textbook twice, and I narrated as I pointed out the ventricles and the atria, the aorta and pulmonary artery. "Do you want to make the next cut?" I asked Robert.
"No way," he said. "This is all yours."
"You chicken?" I raised my eyebrows so he'd know I was teasing.
He shook his head with a smile. "No. I mean, I can't take this away from you. You look so happy."
I looked into those blue eyes and knew I could get lost in them forever. A wicked idea popped into my head. I knew it was disgusting and unsanitary, but Robert hadn't touched the heart or anything gross. I batted my eyelashes and said, "I'm a little hungry. Do you suppose you could get one of those chocolates out for me?"
He snorted a laugh. I'd caught him completely off guard, but he complied. "Which one do you want?" There were four in the package.
"Surprise me." I opened my mouth and closed my eyes. He placed the chocolate delicately on my tongue. I kept my eyes closed and smiled while I chewed.
"Miss Carlisle?" My eyes popped open to see Mrs. Parker glaring at me. Heat sprang to my cheeks, and when I looked at Robert, I saw that his face was red, too. We cracked up laughing as Mrs. Parker moved on to yelling at someone else for waving his pig's heart around over his head.
"Thanks for sharing your heart with me, Judy." Rob's smile made me melt inside.
I couldn't tell if he was trying to be funny or not, but I took a chance. "I have a good feeling about us, Robert."