The Sequel

The title of “The Sequel” will be announced at a later time.  For now, I can give you a hint of what to expect by telling you about two other literary works that have greatly influenced the book: the first is a quote by the poet O. Henry and the second is Peter Pan (the novel by J.M. Barrie).

Here is the O. Henry quote (from Tictocq: The Great French Detective, In Austin):

The drawing-rooms of one of the most magnificent private residences in Austin are ablaze of lights. Carriages line the streets in front, and from gate to doorway is spread a velvet carpet, on which the delicate feet of the guests may tread. The occasion is the entrée into society of one of the fairest buds in the City of the Violet Crown.

And here is a “sneak peek” from an early chapter of the Sequel, which contains a long quote from Peter Pan:

I could tell by his slow, even breathing that Luc was fast asleep. But I wasn’t tired, so I picked up Peter Pan again and let the pages fall open wherever they liked. Not surprisingly, they opened to my favorite part:

“Wendy,” he continued, in a voice that no woman has ever yet been able to resist, “Wendy, one girl is more use than twenty boys.”

Now Wendy was every inch a woman, though there were not very many inches, and she peeped out of the bed-clothes.

“Do you really think so, Peter?”

“Yes, I do.”

“I think it’s perfectly sweet of you,” she declared . . . She also said she would give him a kiss if he liked, but Peter did not know what she meant, and he held out his hand expectantly.

“Surely you know what a kiss is?” she asked, aghast.

“I shall know when you give it to me,” he replied stiffly, and not to hurt his feelings she gave him a thimble.

“Now,” said he,” shall I give you a kiss?” and she replied with a slight primness, “If you please.” She made herself rather cheap by inclining her face toward him, but he merely dropped an acorn button into her hand, so she slowly returned her face to where it had been before, and said nicely that she would wear his kiss on the chain round her neck. It was lucky she did put it on that chain, for it was afterwards to save her life …”