(to be posted at Fanfiction. net and LostForum)
Whew... Okay. I don't know where to begin with this, or how to even POSSIBLY thank you all for what you've meant to me this summer. Writing this has been an experience that I will never forget, and I know that sounds ridiculous and overblown, because it's just a stupid fanfic, but the fact is, I've always wanted to be a writer, and until this spring, I've always been too afraid to actually write. Other than a short story in a creative writing class during my sophomore year of high school 7 years ago, this (and the 3 other short fics I wrote before it) is the only fiction I've ever written in my life.
Originally, I planned for "In Hiding" to be about 7, maybe 8 chapters long. I was going to have them fight for a while, hook up, then have Kate leave and Sawyer have to decide whether he would go with her or not. I never had any plans to turn it into a monstrous, 40 chapter novel (and it can be argued that there was really no need to. ;) But whether it was a good idea or not, I don't regret it, because I've never enjoyed anything quite like I've enjoyed this. And for those of you who commented, even if it was just once to let me know that you were reading - I thank you so much for giving me the excuse to spend so much time doing this. The fact that you were willing to spend so much of your time reading a story that, on the face of it, has a completely absurd premise is always amazing to me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
And so, without further ado, I guess I should officially announce, for the few who don't already know it, that there WILL be a sequel. I know some might cringe at the notion, but I'm so attached to this world that I don't know if I can detach myself from it completely just yet. And I guess I might as well announce the title as well. The sequel shall be called... drum roll please... On The Road. Yeah, I know.. boring and predictable, but what else was I gonna call it? Road Trip? Seems a bit optimistic, given the circumstances.
But it will be, obviously, quite different from "In Hiding." More action-packed, darker in tone, with higher stakes. Some things, in no particular order, that you can expect to see are... Cheap motels, state parks, comfort sex, and fast food... Iowa.. . Aunt Meg... Other castaways (who aren't Jack!) Wigs.. Cemeteries.. Wilderness.. The elements... Campfires... Heartbreak, desperation, terror, close calls, car chases, and corn fields... Juvenile Delinquents... bounty hunters... The one with all the birds! And much more.
So if that idea doesn't make you groan or want to throw something at me, then I invite you back for the sequel. I'm not really sure when the first chapter will be up, although I have a sneaking suspicion I won't be able to hold out longer than a few weeks.
Oh, and also, I plan to write some stories about Sawyer's grandparents and their own love story (which is why I kind of set up for it in this chapter). I'd love to use the house as the same setting for a different, but not completely unrelated, piece of fiction.
Again, thank you thank you thank you thank you. I will never forget it.