Eva Broussard was a troubled girl from a very young age. Her parents worried about her spending long periods secluded in her room and not hearing a sound from behind her door.
They never knew about her intense love of books. Yes, they knew she liked to read, and would take her to the library as often as she asked. But they had no clear grasp of the kind of books she liked to read. For example, she read and re-read Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood.” In fact, she kept the book hidden under her bed, never returning it to the library. She claimed that a boy threw the book out of the bus window while they were on the Red River bridge. She saved her baby-sitting money and paid the library what they said she owed.
You could say Eva was precocious, sexually mature for her age. She got herself pregnant before she was sixteen and decided to have the baby, a boy, whom she chose to name Colt.
Eva ran away when Colt was barely one year old, leaving the child to be raised by his grandparents, Mike and Ellen Broussard. But after Eva’s marriage to Tully Tate, she brought the boy to live with her in Mobile, Alabama.
Eva and Tully also had twin girls a few years later. Throughout these early years of her marriage, Eva would run off from time to time, forcing Tully to find her and bring her back, only to run off again a few weeks later.
Finally, Tully just gave up on her and let Eva go.