Wow, what a crazy trip it’s been! The first file for this story was created in July of 2008, just days after finishing Big Bang 2008, we must reinvent love. The actual first draft was started in February of 2009.
The story itself takes place between September and December of 2008, so while some of the pop culture references may not seem relevant now, they were then. Or something.
Just to give you an idea of how long this thing really is; it is nearly the exact same word count as Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. That is freaking insane. I had no idea it was actually THAT long. This is officially the longest thing I have ever written in my life.
I have an insane amount of people I need to thank before I start rambling. First off, I owe my first born to my beta, kamikaze_redux. She may be my best friend, but she is always honest with me. She always tells me if something needs work or if it could be better. She cheers me on when I need it and brings me back to earth when my head gets a little too big. She has faith in me. She’s truly awesome, dealing with everything I threw it at her and all the rapid-fire plot changes this story went through. The story that I wrote is not the story I planned on writing, and sometimes that can be a very good thing.
I must also give very special shout-out to finn21. She believes in me more than pretty much anyone. For some reason, she thinks I have this unwavering talent and she lets me ramble for hours on end about this crazy universe in my head. She makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something really awesome.
So many people have helped shape this story in one way or another. I can’t name them all. earthquakedream, likeknives, and biancathecookie were my go to girls on dorm life. ♥ twofourteen and waterofthemoon and the rest of CHAT were there when I just needed to ramble. ♥
Huge thanks to twofourteen for my awesome art! ILU ANNA.
And oh god, starweather, where do I start? She validates me by wanting to live in my world and making me truly amazing chibis of my boys being adorable. I love her so much. ♥
And now, onto the story. This thing was a blast to write, guys. It was an emotional rollercoaster most of the time, but an enjoyable one. I learned I am far too invested in these boys, but I can’t help it.
This is a story about growing up, and struggling to find out who you are as an adult without leaving the kid in you behind. It’s a story about love and friendship and how essential those things are. But mainly, it’s a story about pretty boys banging each other’s brains out, am I right? ;D
And, as always, this story and the entire 'verse remains a love letter to California. I love you, state, even if you’ve been kind of a douche lately.
Also, my sincerest apologies to Matt Nathanson. I didn’t mean to make you a character in fanfic, honestly. But you are too funny and adorable to resist! At least I just had you coo over adorable gay boys instead of read an excerpt from another romance novel on stage. Oh Matt, never change.
I also apologize to Josh Ackles and Jeff Padalecki. I don’t have any specific reason in mind but it probably needs to be said all the same.
Until next time!
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