Here we are, completing the first storyline of this work.
The summary next to the masthead should bring you up to speed, if you don't recall the previous chapter.
The optimism I felt when I created this has taken quite a pummeling in the ensuing years, but it keeps coming back. I'm reminded of a chapter title from a book used in marriage counseling: behind every "I do" lurks a "can I"?
Well, all you have to do is say yes more often than you say no to the question. Sooner or later, most of the time, you succeed. However, it's worth remembering the words of Professor Kingsfield in The Paper Chase: it is possible to do nothing wrong and still lose.
Lately I always feel as if a new chapter is starting for me. It's more draining than it used to be, but still holds promise and gives me life.
Lots of other stories here, including the back story of Athena's suicide attempt, which will probably never be told now. The next story begins with the plaintive cry of the straight girl: "Why doesn't he call?"
I'm mostly happy with this one, though like most of these, I think I'll reletter it digitall before going to press. I think it's a clean introduction to some characters whose stories ended much too soon.
If I keep posting one per month, it will take me another year and a half to post all these. I might alter my rotation a tad, and get them up sooner.
Next, however, an oddment.