Thoughts about Billie Mattis…

Redheaded, freckle faced Billie Mattis had only one real love in her life, William C. Hawke III. She was five when she had met him and he was nine. As she got older, she knew that his father, W.C. Hawke II and his wife, were somehow involved in commercial real estate and they brought William to visit on varying weekends. Their dads spent their time talking about investments and future projects, things that would help her family’s ranching business and ensure her and her sister’s future. Both their moms spent their time discussing the arts and cooking

But in those early days, from their first weekend together, Billie, her sister Sandy and William occupied their time boating and fishing on their small lakes, and horseback riding. All under the watchful eye of the ranch foreman, of course. But Billie’s playful and fiery personality and temperament preferred to wrestle, to sword fight with sticks or handmade wooden swords, or to race their horses through the wooded sections of the expansive ranch.

She was five when she met him and he was nine; she was ten when she lost him…

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