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fic - i backward cast my e'e part 19 [novella]
Title:  I Backward Cast My E'e
Part:  19

I Backward Cast My E'e
sequel-lite to for promis'd joy
Part 19

Hello, Howard.

I hope the holiday season has treated you well.

I apologize for e-mailing you out of the blue like this.  The last time I spoke to Duo, he gave me the business card for your market, from which I found your address.  Duo was quite right.  It would be inappropriate and inconsiderate of me to continue dropping by unannounced as I have been, particularly in cornering you at your place of business.

I'm not sure if Duo ever expected me to make use of the card he gave me, but I hope you will forgive one more mostly-unsolicited contact.

I wanted to apologize for stirring up the past, and any unpleasant memories that came with it.  I'm afraid I may have forgotten that not everyone would be as interested in pursuing the matter as I was.  Duo called me a 'glutton for punishment'.  Maybe it's true, or maybe I was just intent on chasing after my husband's ghosts.

When I heard Jake had a son whose existence his family had largely ignored or forgotten, I worried about my own fate, and more especially my daughter's.  Maybe by finding this son and trying to establish some sort of connection with him, I was trying to counteract those worries.  I'm not certain.  But I am certain that my family is different from the Maxwells.  Certain, and grateful.  I don't live near them anymore, but we've always been a tight-knit group.  Having spent the holidays back home with them has reminded me of the family I do have and will always have with them.

But I suppose none of that is of particular interest to you.  What it boils down to is mostly that I do not think you have any reason to fear further unexpected visits from me and your past.  I still don't know all the facts, but I will probably never know all of the facts, and I am at peace with that now.

That being said, however... I don't know if Duo even mentioned his last meeting with me, let alone what we spoke of.  I ran into him while I was doing a little shopping in your area.  I'm sorry if that seems like I was invading your territory or something.  People have been known to do some crazy things during the holidays, when it comes to finding just the right presents for the ones we love.  In any case, that was when Duo gave me your business card.

It was also when he met my daughter, Maddie.  She still doesn't know anything about Duo, or her father's first marriage, but I hope one day to be able to tell her.  She shouldn't have to find out about all of it the way I did.  And one day, if she wants it, I hope Duo will be willing to meet with her.  It is certainly not my intent to form a new sort of family unit.  I understand Duo's obvious distaste for anything having to do with his father, and their connection is tenuous at best, but it is a connection nevertheless.  I asked Duo if this would be okay with him.  Although I did not receive a direct response, I did end up with your contact info, so I can only assume that he was not entirely against the idea.

I do not think Maddie will be ready to hear all of this for some time yet.  Or perhaps I will not be ready to tell it all to her.  But in anticipation of that day, I hope you will allow the lines of communication between us to remain open.  You raised a fine young man, and I would have nothing but pride in introducing him to my daughter as her half-brother.

Best wishes,


Duo's a smart boy.  He knew what he was doing when he gave you my business card.  He may not look forward to hearing from you, but he can't exactly complain about it, either.  Well, I guess he set things up so I'm the one hearing from you, not him.  That's fine.  It's probably best that way anyway.  I'm just a cranky old geezer with nothing better to do with my time.  He's in his last semester in school, busy with trying to find a job and all that annoying growing-up stuff.  I'm sure he could use one less thing to worry about.

Glad to hear you won't be picking at old scabs so much anymore.  Glad to hear it's because you got yourself a good family, too.  I can't speak much for the kid, but I don't think he'll go too crazy about you two as long as you turn out to be decent folks.  Just make sure to give us plenty of warning before showing up, and don't go expecting too much.

If you suddenly find some other new unresolved question burning a hole through your brain, maybe you ought to just e-mail me instead of dropping by.  No offense, but it just seems like that'd be the best thing for everyone's blood pressure.

- Howard

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lavendarlizard From: lavendarlizard Date: April 20th, 2010 03:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
*hugs Howard* I loooooove Howard! ^_____^

turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: April 20th, 2010 07:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
His first urge was to reply with a simple 'okay'. ^^'
lavendarlizard From: lavendarlizard Date: April 20th, 2010 08:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
*snicker* and that's what makes him a helluva guy; he had that notion and then expanded it to be a gentleman. Bet Duo's father wasn't nearly so considerate of people.


turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: April 20th, 2010 09:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Howard secretly thinks it would be good for Duo to get over his father issues. ^_^
lavendarlizard From: lavendarlizard Date: April 20th, 2010 09:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, it's doubly good that Duo had a better role model. ^___^

jak_frostty From: jak_frostty Date: April 20th, 2010 04:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

Glad to see this is still in the works!
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: April 20th, 2010 07:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've never abandoned any of my series, and I'm not about to start now.  Gotta admit, though, next time, I think I'll write the whole darn thing first instead of doing it piece by piece.  Or at least make sure I know where I'm going first!
jak_frostty From: jak_frostty Date: April 22nd, 2010 01:05 am (UTC) (Link)
That's amazingly determined of you! Both for the 'never abandoning' bit and for the 'complete before posting' bit.

Two thumbs up for you!

turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: April 22nd, 2010 04:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, it all kind of works because I tend not to even *start* a series until I know I can finish it. ^^' Which sort of means I've got a few un-started bunnies hopping around... Poor guys. ^^
jak_frostty From: jak_frostty Date: April 25th, 2010 05:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Aww...poor guys *offers carrots*
hostilecrayon From: hostilecrayon Date: April 20th, 2010 09:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

fic - i backward cast my e'e part 19 [novella]

*Squee* I love this. It's so very Howard. *Hugs* Hopefully they'll be more soon? I love this fic so much!
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: April 21st, 2010 01:18 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: fic - i backward cast my e'e part 19 [novella]

Work on Plans, and people ask for Haven.  Work on Haven, and people ask for Plans. =D Guess I'll just have to... pick up the pace on both of them! ^^' I'm sure I'm losing my rep for regular updates. =(
hostilecrayon From: hostilecrayon Date: April 21st, 2010 01:49 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: fic - i backward cast my e'e part 19 [novella]

Don't feel bad. At least you have a reputation. I think when people see 'multi-chapter' by me, they just roll their eyes and check back in a few years - where they repeat the process. XD

Oh man, you reminded me. I've stared at Haven for a long time. Opened the first chapter of it once. Then I made myself wait more. XD I have a tendency to DEVOUR fiction once I'm started, and Haven looks like I should clear a few weeks first... XD Seriously, I barely eat or sleep when I manage to get myself into something long, and I get compllaints that I tend to ignore appointments, obligations and emergencies. >.>;

But want to start it. >.>; *Flail*
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: April 21st, 2010 03:37 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: fic - i backward cast my e'e part 19 [novella]

Man, if I had a fic for every bunny that bit me... I'd have a whole lot of unfinished fics lying around.  Instead, I just don't start.  I'm not sure that's all that much better. -_-

Haven is... well, some people write pairing essays.  I write a pairing series. ^^ You might even say pairing epics. ^^''' So mostly it's just a string of non-continuous shorts intended to color in a picture bit by bit.  There shouldn't be any edge-of-your-seat gotta-finish action in it.  If you wanted something related that wouldn't take as long, you could start on the prequel series instead, Moments in a Dorm Room.  It's pre-relationship (*koff* not that half of haven itself isn't pre-relationship), but works the same way as Haven.  And you wouldn't be subjected to my very first attempts at writing. x_x
hostilecrayon From: hostilecrayon Date: April 21st, 2010 04:13 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: fic - i backward cast my e'e part 19 [novella]

Hahaha, I thought about reading that one first, too. XD

I just might start it tonight - but I'll tell you, everything I've read by you has been addicting as all hell, and even if the ending isn't GRIPPING me to read the next part, I'll still feel like it is. XD Since, you know, your writing is so awesome. <3

My plot bunnies all cry for attention at the same time, and I get distracted by shiny things. Oh, and my muse doesn't listen to me. So I'm a little all over the place. XD
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: April 21st, 2010 07:43 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: fic - i backward cast my e&amp;amp;#39;e part 19 [novella]

Ah, well, hope you enjoy all the previous/next links that came with my upgrade from plain text and into LJ. ^^'

I like making bunnies cry.
sunhawk16 From: sunhawk16 Date: April 21st, 2010 01:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Howard is such a great character, and I especially love him in this series. Did the right thing, but the edge is just right there under the surface... :D
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: April 21st, 2010 01:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Elizabeth/I spent hours crafting her carefully-worded message... Howie just kind of dashed something off with a sigh and an eye-roll. =)
sunhawk16 From: sunhawk16 Date: April 24th, 2010 11:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hawie seems like he's done his fair share of eye-rolling and sighing in his lifetime... lotta practice. *grin*
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