It's working, again...

Letting Brendan travel a new path in APoS...one he hadn't bothered to mention till after I finished BNR...has exploded the story in ways I'm not yet sure about. He's revealed a hint of cruelty lying deep within...and it works for him. He's also admitted he feels free, living in Houston. Freed from the horrors Derry is drowning in. Freed from his mother's anger and hatefulness. Free to follow whatever path he now chooses.

But he also is torn up with guilt because his brother, Eamonn, was arrested thanks to him. It wasn't intended, but now he's locked away for 20 years as being an accomplice in a fatal bombing. Brendan also knows the British want to find him to question him about the bombing, even though he only witnesses it and was badly injured by it. He was smuggled out of the country to keep that from happening so is in the US illegally. Not much he can do about that.

So now Brendan has three main emotions to play with -- happiness at being free, guilt for his brother's incarceration, and fear of being caught out and his Houston family being damaged by it. I'd only hinted at the latter two in my earlier writing; now they're the layout for the rest of the story and part of the reason he keeps to himself and makes friends amongst those American society pays little attention to.

This is back to being an adventure...

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