Chapter 52

Chapter 52 is up and that’s the end of the story for now. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading Connected and that the ending leaves you reasonably satisfied. I changed it several times and sometimes a writer can get lost when he does that. Have fun reading and let me know what you think.

I can’t speak for anyone else, but I never seem satisfied what whatever I write. If I had the time and energy, I would probably turn to Chapter 1 immediately and start rewriting in an effort to make it better. But I’m going to take a break instead and hopefully recharge the batteries.

What comes next? Who knows for sure. Stuff happens and sometimes we get separated from those we love. I’ve loved having you along on this journey. To paraphrase the movie Casablanca, we’ll always have Connected.

Feel free to stay in touch. I won’t be going anywhere … as long as the plane takes off and lands just fine, of course 🙂

Again, thanks for all the encouragement and support. No matter what happens, I did my best and I’m proud of Connected. Even if it never gets published in book form, I think it’s a hell of a story and I’m happy you made it to this final chapter with me.

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6 thoughts on “Chapter 52

  1. My favorite—A HAPPY ENDING—great story to the end—liked it so much I have stayed awake many nights (or should I say into the morning) reading and rereading chapters. You have a great gift and must have been a page or in the legislature — or excellent powers of observation. The few times I have been in Washington, D.C. were monumental in determining that no matter what the politics “at the moment” —-we still have the greatest country in the world—and I think you story rates the same accolade.

  2. Thanks, John. I don’t know how happy the ending was. The amendment failed after all. America is still at war. Young men and women continue to die and never will have the chance to make the country what it could be and should be but will never become because they died needlessly.

    If it’s already the greatest, I suppose none of that matters. In any event, I won’t belabor the point. And it does seem like Nolan and Josh, Tommy and Andy, have landed in a good place, at least for the moment and hopefully for the rest of their lives.

    As for me, well, if you look long enough and hard enough, perhaps you’ll figure it out. If not, it’s no big deal.

    Thanks for the encouragement and support. Time will bring whatever it brings and I guess that’s the only way it can be.

    1. Kit:
      I did NOT mean to imply that war is good–especially the ones (if you can call them “WARS”) that we are now engaged in–I definitely—every day hope, pray and admonish my congresspeople to “get us out”. I heartily agree that the WASTE of Good men and women in and before the prime of their lives and the good they could do for themselves and families and advance of knowledge and industry is a real waste. If the war had been justifiable as WW II —it would be different—but hope springs eternal—let’s EXPECT that people will force the issue and end the war and our “paying” the “almost bad guys”–such as Pakistan! How about a sequel!!!

      With respect and admiration, I remain:
      Cowpuncher John

      1. Sorry, John. I apologize. I came down on you much too hard and I’m sorry for that.

        It’s all just so discouraging … war after war after war without end, people being gunned down for no reason because any lunatic can get his hands on a gun in this country, kids being bullied and taking their lives. It gets to me. It really does.

        The only reason I wrote the story was because I wanted to share a larger message with people, hopefully younger people, about what war and violence were really about; and that’s really the only reason I ever wanted to publish Connected as a real book; so it might be available to a larger audience and perhaps influence the views of the youngest readers.

        In the end, I’m not sure the message every got conveyed. I tried to share it by telling the stories of Anthony and Jesse, but I guess I didn’t succeed. Maybe I should have spent more time on those two or added some other example of what war is all about. But I realize people can only put up with so much. People don’t read to be depressed by a writer.

        In any event, like I said, I apologize.

  3. Before I read this final chapter I just want to give a HUGE shout out and a standing ovation to KitKat for his dedication, attention to detail, his awesome writing gift and his willingness to unselfishly spend his valuable time, effort and energy to publish this story for our enjoyment. With all my gratitude and heartfelt thanks, Kitlkat for your gift to us! Thank-you!!!!

    1. You’re welcome, Todd. When I started posting the story online, I thought the satisfaction would have to come from just doing my best regardless of what others might think. But the support and encouragement I’ve received from readers has definitely been a terrific bonus for me.

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