Well, that’s it. My first story. All done.

Not really much of a story, I suppose. Almost a novel, totaling 55,754 words. Printed out from my word processor, it’s 133 pages, and scarcely anything has happened.

My apologies to everyone I’ve bored or annoyed. My thanks to all who have followed the story through thick and thin.

Many thanks to Rowan, whose original idea got me started on this story, and to all those who have posted or e-mailed words of encouragement. I can’t tell you how much I’ve appreciated those comments—they are the whole reason I’ve sat here for months, staring at this blank screen and pecking out these words.

Of course, this is not the end of Kristen’s summer, by any means. But it’s the end of the beginning.

There’s a long summer ahead, and I’ll bet there’s an interesting story for each and every day. I hope that some other writers might want to tell a story or two from Kristen’s best summer ever.