The surprise ending got me. Come on, Mike, I want to know what happens in part two!
I love the waiting, the time-killing, the teasing, the memories. Downtime is prime character development time, and the interplay of personalities is one of the things I love most about the Cartwrights.
Thanks for writing this story. I enjoyed it immensely. Author's Response:
I am delighted the ending has foxed everyone - I must admit I am thinking on part two though as yet nothing has come to mind - but, you never know.
Plato, your second sentence is grist to my writing mind-mill and I thank you for it.
My ego is such that I dote on your enjoyment - which is, of course, is my enjoyment too.