All roads have led to New Orleans, and family who knew little or nothing of each other have been drawn together for the conclusion of Turnings. Can you know a person in only a week? Perhaps not, but the heart is a strange organ, and sometimes it knows things the head doesn’t wish to accept.
I hope the conclusion satisfies, and yes, there is an Epilogue to this story.
Thank you for coming along on this journey with me, and thank you Ms Buffy for everything. You are absolutely the best!
Chapter 25 – A Heart’s Desire
I apologize for any confusion I may have caused by leaving Ms Buffy, my long-suffering and very talented beta editor, a message about new love interests for Sookie. I am working on a new story, Baille Siochanta, and instead of picking on Bill, I’ve decided to flesh out a new bad boyfriend, Breandan Brigant. Of course, Breandan, or Dan, as he prefers to be called, will be charming and devilishly handsome. He (and she) are mostly human. The story starts in Boston and there are hints that these two are not quite what they seem.
They will find themselves in Ireland, and that’s where Sookie meets Eric.
But for now… Turnings is drawing to a close, at least for now. Rick is starting to realize that his Mother is more than she appears and like other young people who find out their parents had pasts, it causes him to question his beliefs about those who surround him, including his Father.
Chapter 24 – Across the River
There is a great saying, “Win the battle but lose the war.” As I thought about how this story could evolve, I could see where this might be Sookie and Eric’s fate. Would they come so far only to have their past problems trip them up again? Trying to change old habits during times of stress is rarely successful and never fun. I didn’t wish that.
If there is one thing having children has taught me, it is that a child will tell you things about yourself with little to no filter. They call you on your foolishness and point out your faults. One might wish they were a little more generous in calling you out on the good things you do as well, but you can’t have everything!
Rick is that child. He grew up an only child in a mostly adult environment. While he might not mean to, it is his observation and fact telling that lays the groundwork for his parents’ happily ever after.
Only two more chapters and an epilogue. Thank you so much for coming along for the ride, and thank you, as ever, to my clever editor, Ms Buffy.
Chapter 23- The Line
Every once in a while, I run across people that I knew once, long ago. I immediately assume they are the people they were then, and usually, there are many aspects of what we knew about each other that are the same. I believe that on a fundamental level, unless someone experiences truly traumatic events, you remain basically the same.
But then, there are many thing that do change, and some of those things tend to be how you perceive things… your beliefs.
This chapter is about the assumptions people bring to Sookie’s turning. They think they know her. Even her own son, who is closest to her, has assumptions, and the way these interplay help to knit father and son together as they wait for the woman they love to rise.
Thank you to all who read, and thank you Ms Buffy. You are amazing!
(Three chapters headed your way. I finished one yesterday and realized I needed a bridge introducing Sookie’s love interest to help explain the rest. It’s still about 1,000 words in but coming along nicely.)
Chapter 22 – What Lies Beneath