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When the lines are drawn, will you risk your life to cross them for love?

In the Summer of 1988, tragedy hits home for Charlene Jacobson and her father when her little brother is killed playing a game of basketball in their Detroit housing projects.  She soon finds herself living in the small rural town of Millersville, Georgia, with her estranged grandmother. Millersville is a place where time stands still and the racial divide is as prevalent as the 1950s.  Secrets, lies, and betrayal lurk in every corner. Yet, through it all she finds solace in the arms of Ryan Quinn, a white senior track star and the son of the town Sherriff.  

Will their love cross the finish line?  Please R&R. 

© All right reserved by Rachelle Patterson aka wisedec4u
Do not copy, publish, revise or distribute without the expressed written consent of the above author.

Rated: Mature Content
Categories: Original Fiction
Characters: None
Classification: None
Genre: Drama, Romance
Story Status: Active
Pairings: Male/Female
Warnings: Adult Situations, Drugs/Drug Use, Extreme Language, Graphic Violence, Homosexuality, Original Characters, Racism, Strong Sexual Content , Work in Progress
Challenges: Deep, dark, and mysterious
Series: None
Chapters: 25 Completed: No Word count: 103732 Read: 189227
Published: November 07 2010 Updated: January 09 2014
Story Notes:


A/N: This is chapter 1 of my WIP, Crossing the Finish Line.  It is a tumultuous love story set during 1988 about a talented, street smart, African American teen from the projects of Detroit, MI who moves to the fictional rural town of Millersville, GA after her younger brother is killed in a random shooting. She meets and reluctantly falls in love with a handsome, but flawed, white senior track star named Ryan Quinn who dreams of moving to California to get away from his controlling father and competing in the Olympics . Their newfound love is tested by family, friends and society, but the real obstacle is overcoming their own insecurities and beliefs about race, sex, and following their dreams.

1. Cast of Characters by wisedec4u [Reviews - 45] starstarstarstarhalf-star (726 words)

2. Chapter 1 - Change by wisedec4u [Reviews - 11] starstarstarstarstar (3095 words)

Everything can change in a blink of an eye. A young woman dies of cancer, leaving a son and daughter motherless and husband without a wife. A little brother is killed by a stray bullet, playing basketball in the park. A factory closes down, depriving a family of steady income. And a father becomes bitter and angry at the world, shutting himself off emotionally from his only daughter.

These changes are what start Charlene Jacobson on an eight hour journey to her father's hometown in Millersville, Georgia, population 3,820.

3. Chapter 2 - Curious by wisedec4u [Reviews - 4] starstarstarstarstar (2066 words)

4. Chapter 3 - Temptation by wisedec4u [Reviews - 22] starstarstarstarstar (1945 words)

5. Chapter 4 - Reality Check by wisedec4u [Reviews - 15] starstarstarstarstar (3174 words)

6. Chapter 5 - Queen B by wisedec4u [Reviews - 13] starstarstarstarstar (3843 words)

7. Chapter 6 - Competition by wisedec4u [Reviews - 15] starstarstarstarstar (2907 words)

A/N: Thank you to everyone who has stayed with me this far. Your support has helped me in ways I can't put into words. I will do my best to update this story more frequently. I'm just so happy that there so many of you out there that are interested in this story and appreciate what I'm trying to do. I can't thank you enough!

8. Chapter 7 - Undeniable by wisedec4u [Reviews - 17] starstarstarstarstar (3967 words)

A/N: Sorry to keep you guys hanging so long. Real life has a habit of getting in the way of my writing sometimes. I'd like to thank you for all the reviews I've gotten so far. Your praise, concrits, and encouragement have really kept me going. Please keep it coming!

9. Chapter 8 - Secrets by wisedec4u [Reviews - 15] starstarstarstarstar (4585 words)

A/N: I apologize for the long hiatus. My beta and I got tied up with our day and night jobs and life in general. However, I do appreciate all the reviews I received from all of you telling me you are eagerly awaiting CTF's next chapter. So here goes….

10. Chapter 9 - Heat by wisedec4u [Reviews - 18] starstarstarstarstar (4378 words)

A/N: Hello, I'm back with the next chapter of Crossing the Finish Line. Things will be heating up in this chapter (hence the title). I hope you all enjoy.

11. Chapter 10 - Broken by wisedec4u [Reviews - 19] starstarstarstarstar (4352 words)

A/N: First off, I would like to apologize for the long wait. I really struggled with this chapter. I would sincerely like to thank my beta, Nya Rayne, for helping me straighten out the tricky parts and giving the dialogue more emotion. She's the greatest! I would also like to thank everyone who have been kind enough to leave reviews. Your feedback is what keeps me going even on those days I feel I have nothing left in me to write. With that said, I hope you enjoy this chapter.

12. Chapter 11 - Hello Hank by wisedec4u [Reviews - 11] starstarstarstarstar (4152 words)

A/N: I posted a revised chapter 11 because I just wasn't happy with what I had written. So of you tried to view this chapter previously and couldn't, it wasn't a glitch. I took the chapter down temporarily so I could make revisions. I hope you'll like this version better.

13. Chapter 12 - Darnell by wisedec4u [Reviews - 11] starstarstarstarstar (2988 words)

A/N: I haven't forgotten about you and I hope you haven't forgotten about me. I've been really busy getting both my sons off to college and my little diva ready for 1st grade. Whew, I'm exhausted. Now that things have settled down I can really get back to my writing. Thanks to everyone who has been kind enough to add Crossing the Finish Line to their Favs list and double thanks to those who took the time to leave a review. Special shout out to my beta, Nya Rayne, who does her best to keep me focused and delving deeper into these characters.  I hope you all enjoy!

14. Chapter 13 - Remake Me by wisedec4u [Reviews - 14] starstarstarstarstar (5370 words)

A/N: I hope everyone had a great Turkey Day in the US. I sure did. It was nice having my boys home from college for a few days and I got to do some writing too. So here's the next chapter. Thanks for your patience and loyal readership. I hope you enjoy.

15. Chapter 14 - Broken Trust by wisedec4u [Reviews - 12] starstarstarstarstar (4407 words)

Sorry to keep you guys waiting.  My beta and I couldn't seem to coordinate our time this month. I hope you're all enjoying my story so far.  I'm amazed at all the wonderful feedback I've been getting.  You like me! You really like me! LOL  Thank you to all you teen angst junkies out there who've kept up with this story.  You're my motivation.  Love Ya!

16. Chapter 15 - Bon Fires and Heartbreak by wisedec4u [Reviews - 17] starstarstarstarstar (5211 words)

A/N: I know, I know…what the hell took me so long. Life has been hectic this past few months. Lots of changes. Sorry for neglecting you. I'm back in the flow now and ready push out more chapters. I would like to give my wonderful beta, Nya Rayne, a big shout out. She a great editor, mentor, and writer and I can't thank her enough. Nya Rayne just release her latest paranormal romance, Storm's Fury, on Musapublishing(dot)com and Amazon(dot)com. I highly recommend this book to those of you who enjoy this genre and to those who want try something new. Anyways, here the next installment, I hope you enjoy.

17. Chapter 16 - Tender Moments by wisedec4u [Reviews - 11] starstarstarstarstar (5517 words)


A/N: Thanks to all of you for stopping by and taking time to read my story, Crossing the Finish Line. I truly appreciate all the reviews and critiques I've received. They have all helped me immensely. Sorry for the long delay. My beta, Nya Rayne, (you can check out her published novels on Amazon) and I had way too many schedule conflicts over the past couple months. We were finally able to get it together and now I am back with another installment. I hope you all will enjoy. Please feel free to share your thoughts about the characters you love and hate and what you think works and doesn't work in this story. Please note that I am aware that there are some pacing issues at the beginning of the story and I do plan to fix them and the timeline when I do my final draft.

For those of you just tuning in, this story takes place in a small town named Millersville, GA during 1988. Ryan is a white male, age 18 and Charlene is an African-American female from Detroit, age 17. They have been seeing each other in secret and planned to meet up at their segregated senior class parties which are being held at a campground by the lake. Ryan is ticked off when he walks in to the clubhouse to find his nemesis, James Carter, having a heated argument with Charlene.


18. Chapter 17 - Secrets in the Dark by wisedec4u [Reviews - 13] starstarstarstarstar (4466 words)

A/N: Life is crazy and I'm so grateful for all of my new readers and those of you who have stuck with me this long. Thank you so much for your wonderful reviews, critiques, and support. They keep me going even when I feel I have nothing left in me to write. Special love and respect goes out to my beta, Nya Rayne. Please, please, please check out her books on Amazon.com . She is a wonderful fantasy/romance writer. Without further adieu here's the next chapter of Crossing the Finish Line. I hope you'll enjoy.

Trigger Warning: Rough, but brief homosexual sex scene as well as racial slurs and talk of abortion. Please do not read if you are easily offended by this subject matter.

19. Chapter 18 - The Other Woman by wisedec4u [Reviews - 11] starstarstarstarstar (4291 words)

20. Chapter 19 - Something Real by wisedec4u [Reviews - 17] starstarstarstarstar (4999 words)

Sorry it took me so long to update. I really struggled with this chapter because it is major milestone in Charlene and Ryan's relationship. I think I rewrote this think five times. As always I want to give a shout out to my fabulous beta, Nya Rayne.  Please check out her books on Amazon.

21. Chapter 20 - The Lion, the Tigress, and the Leopard by wisedec4u [Reviews - 18] starstarstarstarstar (4852 words)

Hello my dearest readers.  I'm back from a long hiatus. A lot has happened in my life over the past three months, some good, some bad.  I"m just happy to be back and writing again.  For those of you who have stuck around for this story, I can't tell how much I truly appreciate your loyal readership though I don't think I deserve it. I hope you all will enjoy my humble offering.

22. Chapter 21 - Choices by wisedec4u [Reviews - 18] starstarstarstarstar (5391 words)

Hello fellow Chamber-dwellers. Here is the next chapter of CTFL.  I hope you'll enjoy. In this chapter Charlene has an important choice to make. Will she make the right one?  Read on to find out.

23. Chapter 22 - No Looking Back by wisedec4u [Reviews - 24] starstarstarstarstar (8006 words)

Hi folks! I'm back with the latest chapter of CTFL. I made this a long chapter to make up for the looong wait.  It was very difficult to write and I think I stopped and started it a hundred times. Charlene and Ryan are my babies and I'm rooting for their love as much as the readers and sometimes I feel bad for making go through so much sh*t.  Yet, I'm told that's what keeps a story interesting and makes a love story more powerful. Anyways, I hope you enjoy and feel free to send me any critiques on my writing skills. I want to get this published someday, so I'm always looking to improve my work.


24. Chapter 23 - The Past Knocks Twice by wisedec4u [Reviews - 9] starstarstarstarstar (4054 words)

I'm baaaack. No, I haven't abandoned this story. I just needed to take some time off to get my mind right and back to a place where I felt comfortable writing again. I truly missed you all. For all my new readers and those of you patient enough to stick around this long, I appreciate all the love, support, critiques, and encouragement you've given me. Special shoutout to my lovely beta, Nya Rayne.  Please check out her books on Amazon.

25. Chapter 24 - Losing Grip by wisedec4u [Reviews - 17] starstarstarstarstar (4990 words)

HAPPY NEW YEAR all my Chamber Lovelies. I'm so excited for 2014. I've got my writing muse back and things are starting off in the right direction (sans the crazy winter storms across the USA). I hope you enjoy this chapter, but I will forewarn you, it's full of drama.  Sorry guys, I love writing angst.  Anywho, shoutout to my amazing beta, Nya Rayne (please check out her books for sale on Amazon), my loyal readers who have dropped me notes over the past few weeks to let me know they are still interested in this story and rooting for Charlene and Ryan, my reviewers for your supportive words and critiques, and to the Chamber for giving WoC this wonderful platform to shine, be creative and connect. I love you all!

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