Chapter 37: The Missing Piece

David finally has access to his memories, and the real contents of the shack reveal themselves in vivid fashion.
These chapters were my carrots for writing this entire story; I loved every feverish minute of it. You should see my notes for this scene: pages after pages of various objects that would communicate my own memories of childhood… not to mention the memories that might hold relative to my brother’s adolescence,since this whole shebang is for him in the first place. I had to omit a lot to keep it from being just too much, and I’m still not sure I deleted enough.
There some obvious liberties taken, of course. Our dad is thankfully still very much alive and kicking, and although we grew up with dogs, none were technically killed by car accidents. The attitude and feelings of David’s mother are more me than our mom: since Seth’s so much younger than I am, I’ve always felt responsible for him, even if it’s not in the he-came-from-my-womb kind of way.
Some things are lifted directly from our childhood. The goose-shaped cookie jar, for instance, was always full of mom’s NutriGrain bars, which were off-limits to us kids (we stole them anyway). We always had TONS of National Geographics lying around. The inspiration for The Batman tee was a set of PJs Seth had when he was a toddler that he wore until the pants turned into shorts and the shirt showed most of his belly. I’m sure he’d be happy to know I’m sharing that they had a teddy bear police officer on the front. We also really painted a giant fantasy-themed mural on the back of our house - I painted the dragon.
Although I don’t have quite the affection for dragons that Emily does, all of my stories so far have featured the creature, and I did think it an appropriate theme to continue throughout this one. Also, one of the coolest tattoos I’ve ever seen was a huge dragon on a beautiful woman’s back. So there you go.
On a more sober note, Wheel of Time’s Robert Jordan passed away yesterday of a rare blood disease. I read the WoT series in high school and college and enjoyed it immensely. His plots are complicated and epic, and I really loved the main characters (all 37 of them). My thoughts go out to his family and my fellow fans.