I had written a long post about the story that I planned to share with you at the end of Part I. In fact, I’ve written and rewritten that posting several times. But I’ve decided not to put it up for now.
I’m going to let the story speak for itself. To be honest, that scares me because I think I may have created expectations about it that I can’t really fulfill. I’ve even thought of ending the story right here for that reason.
Look, I’m aware many of you like this story because it’s sweet and innocent and tender and even funny at times. You like Nolan and Josh and you should. They’re terrific boys. But they’re not the only characters in the story, perhaps just the ones you’ll end up liking best.
So let me be honest with you. The story is going to start moving in another direction in Part II. In that sense, Part II represents a transition to something different. Where we’re headed is toward a story that is not as sweet and innocent, not as tender and funny.
It won’t happen all at once and Nolan and Josh will still be there for a lot of it. But their innocent summer alone together is over. Life moves on and the adult world will begin pressing in.
I hope you’ll like the rest of the story as much as you liked Part I. But no one can guarantee you will, certainly not me, and I have my doubts. If you like to read stories as an escape from some of the less pleasant realities of every day life, you may want to think about stopping here because Part I was originally conceived as a standalone story and can still be read that way.
Like I said, I hope the story will still be worth your time and effort. I’ve put a lot of time, effort and thought into it myself, but I know everyone won’t agree with where I’m taking it or the messages I’m trying to convey. But I have to tell the story the way it was told to me.
Will it have a happy ending you may ask? I wish I could answer that question easily, but I can’t. It’s complicated. But I will say this.
I love my characters as much as you do and I’ve tried to do the best I could by them. If you decide to keep reading, you’ll have to decide for yourself whether I succeed.