Chapter 35 . . .

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This week we begin the first of three chapters in which Ethan recalls an encounter he had the summer after he was promoted from the Delmarva Heat to the Columbia Crush. Ordinarily, when we have a memory sequence like this, I like to place the text in italics so the reader understands it isn’t happening in real time, only in memory.

However, this particular sequence continues through Chapter 36 and into Chapter 37. Given its length, I’ve decided not to use italics. I thought it would become distracting at some point and hopefully this introductory note will set the stage just fine. Whatever the case may be, keep in mind that Ethan is recalling something from an earlier time in his life for most of this chapter.

The sequence is long, but it’s also important in helping us understand where Ethan is coming from emotionally and psychologically now that he’s been promoted to the major leagues. It’s also important to keep in mind where Ethan is while he’s recalling all of this. He’s in Washington, D.C., in a darkened townhouse late in the evening after another ball game. He’s alone and he’s been alone for a long time now.

Once we finish this sequence in Chapter 37, we’ll return to real time. Nothing will have changed. Ethan will still be alone in his darkened townhouse on a Friday evening. He’ll still be as lonely as ever.

In any event, Chapter 35 is now up. You can find it here. Have as much fun as you can reading it and be sure to let me know what you think.

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