You’ve made it through Part 1! Thanks for coming back.
I have an apology to make: I goofed! At the end of each Part is a document of some sort that tells you a little more. I accidentally left this out at the end of Chapter 3. So you can just go back there and read it now if you missed it before.
I wrote most of Part 2 after our daughter was born; I was fortunate enough to take 4 weeks of paternity leave and spent many hours in front of the computer with her asleep on my lap. I am not sure what effect this had on the story– I suspect I won’t know the answer until I finish entirely, and maybe even after that. There are some pretty intentional differences between each Part, but since everything so far was written over the span of years, I’m curious to hear about the differences you notice because they may not have all been conscious decisions.
In any case, thanks again for continuing to read.