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What a Girl Will Do for Love — Concluding chapters (Part 2)
Fri Sep 15, 2017 12:28
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Okay, this is it! These are the final chapters. Thank you all SO much for your support, most especially my dear ReaderMan and my treasured writing colleague, Blair.

Hooked, Davie, JB and others, thank you so very much also. You guys are all I could hope for, but if there are other lurkers out there I would be glad to her from you. You don't need to say anything in particular; just let me know you're out there.

These are the last chapters I anticipate ever writing about Betsy Andrews, and I don't have any other stories in the pipeline, so this may be it for me for a while.

PS -- If anyone happens to be new to the story, the links to previous chapters are here: http://disc.yourwebapps.com/discussion.cgi?disc=58894;article=59870

    • Step one...BPClavel, Fri Sep 15 13:04
      ...accomplished! I pasted the chapters into a word doc. It's printing now. (double sided to save paper) I guess I'm old school; I like reading paper.
    • What a Girl Will Do for Love, Part 57mcmann.molly, Fri Sep 15 12:28
      “Boxing?” Betsy repeated. “Could I really do that for a TV bit? Um, without getting hurt?” “We wouldn’t let you get hurt, Betsy,” the station manager assured her. “The national women’s champion lives ... more
      • Re: What a Girl Will Do for Love, Part 57ReaderMan, Sat Sep 16 13:40
        A good paying job! Betsy's a natural on tv now. All the previous tv scenes were good training. I love how Betsy always bypasses the towels. Oh to be so free spirited. 'She was dripping wet and... more
      • Re: What a Girl Will Do for Love, Part 57BPClavel, Fri Sep 15 14:37
        Molly, This chapter brought to mind the famous George Herbert quote, “Living well is the best revenge.” I’m not necessarily saying that Betsy wants revenge, but I would hardly blame her if she did.... more
        • I agreeHooked6, Fri Sep 15 20:53
          These two lines were indeed priceless: "She was just supposed to say “back to you, Jim,” but on an impulse she added, “as for me, I'm going to frolic.” Here, she threw up her arms, faced the sky and... more
          • Re: I agreeMolly, Sat Sep 16 14:10
            Thank you, Hooked. That's probably the best compliment a fiction writer can receive -- that even though you have created some exceedingly unlikely set of circumstances, that the reader still finds it ... more
          • Re: I agreeReaderMan, Sat Sep 16 13:46
            "You have consistently pushed the boundaries of plausibility in this story and yet it STILL rings true to me - I suspect because your characters are so real and lovable that the entire story MUST be... more
        • Re: What a Girl Will Do for Love, Part 57Molly, Fri Sep 15 20:40
          Yes, I'm sure it would be challenging to behave in that bed. I'm not sure if you noticed, but there was ONE person among Betsy's bedmates who just could not behave and who therefore lost her position ... more
      • What a Girl Will Do for Love, Part 58mcmann.molly, Fri Sep 15 12:29
        “Of course I’m your friend, Betsy. I remember when we met, you—” “So could I sleep with you tonight?” Charles froze on the dance floor, his feet no longer moving as the band continued its slow-tempo... more
        • Re: What a Girl Will Do for Love, Part 58ReaderMan, Sat Sep 16 22:51
          This was what I was talking about. Enjoying the moment of just being there in the flesh. Betsy is beginning to grow her power of breaking social norms. Clothes being one of them and being dangerously ... more
        • Re: What a Girl Will Do for Love, Part 58BPClavel, Fri Sep 15 15:27
          “…we sleep in bunk beds, six guys to a room.” Trevor, “…then gave a thumbs-up sign to Charles.” Thank goodness Trevor gave him the thumbs up! Sharing the room with 5 other guys (not to mention the... more
        • What a Girl Will Do for Love, Part 59mcmann.molly, Fri Sep 15 12:31
          A few days later, Betsy stood outside the campus gym in her tennis shoes and ball cap, her blue denim purse slung over her shoulder. A black SUV with tinted windows pulled up and Betsy climbed in... more
          • Re: What a Girl Will Do for Love, Part 59BPClavel, Sun Sep 17 17:02
            The boxing was MUCH better than anticipated. Never once did I fear that “Killer” was going to knock one of Bouncing-Buzzsaw Betsy’s tits off (or pop it). “…sent her smallish breasts in a frenzy.”... more
          • Re: What a Girl Will Do for Love, Part 59ReaderMan, Sat Sep 16 23:14
            I have to honestly wonder why we don't have a tv show like this. Think of the ratings! I kind of really like the idea of Betsy on the speed bag. But those things are quite hard to pick up so... more
          • What a Girl Will Do for Love, Part 60mcmann.molly, Fri Sep 15 12:31
            Though it was Betsy’s first winter in the Kingsley area, she learned from longtime residents that by the end of February, the worst would be over. By early March, snow was typically minimal and a... more
            • Re: What a Girl Will Do for Love, Part 60BPClavel, Sun Sep 17 17:21
              Molly, Again, really enjoying the interest in no possessions (material possessions anyway). If one were to quibble, then it could be pointed out that Betsy must have money in an account somewhere, as ... more
              • Re: What a Girl Will Do for Love, Part 60Molly, Mon Sep 18 16:08
                Sure, if one were to quibble, one could also quibble with the fact that her watch is "leased" or that the toothbrushes she uses are supposedly not "hers" even though no one else uses them. There are... more
            • Re: What a Girl Will Do for Love, Part 60ReaderMan, Sat Sep 16 23:29
              Oh my gosh. What a greedy little box. I hope she still has the Apple watch at least! I liked this realistic sentence. The feeling was not exactly “embarrassment” anymore, but something similarly... more
            • What a Girl Will Do for Love, Part 61mcmann.molly, Fri Sep 15 12:32
              Whenever she slept with Annabelle, Betsy always took the bus back to campus, but the bus stop was five blocks away and there was no shelter while waiting. But at least the city’s mass transit system... more
              • Re: What a Girl Will Do for Love, Part 61BPClavel, Sat Sep 23 11:17
                Post for 61: Maybe shoes really do serve a purpose? I recall our esteemed author saying how long a person could be comfortable outside at various temperatures if they had their head, hands and feet... more
              • Re: What a Girl Will Do for Love, Part 61ReaderMan, Sun Sep 17 00:00
                Maybe things were going too good for a while. A touch of adversity never hurts a good story. So I will try not to worry too much about the snow. Except 5 blocks and then 4 minutes waiting. I would be ... more
                • Re: What a Girl Will Do for Love, Part 61Molly, Sun Sep 17 09:25
                  The watch, of course, is just an attempt by me to make it semi-plausible that she could do without any other electronic device -- and it may b a distraction. Real technology is fairly close to doing... more
              • What a Girl Will Do for Love, Part 62mcmann.molly, Fri Sep 15 12:33
                On the drive downtown, Betsy unloaded everything that she'd kept bottled up all day, and by the time they got to the arena, she was cried out. It would be okay, Vic assured her. It would be okay. A... more
                • Re: What a Girl Will Do for Love, Part 62BPClavel, Sat Sep 23 11:55
                  I’m a sucker for a love story, even (especially?) one in which there is pain involved. This time I’m really feeling that Betsy is in love. I guess the reason I say “this time”, is that now you are... more
                • Re: What a Girl Will Do for Love, Part 62ReaderMan, Sun Sep 17 00:11
                  Love stories are the best. I've always known that. Nothing beats them. The “probably not.” moment was powerful. “Stupid idea,” she muttered to herself. You are really building me up Molly. You better ... more
                • What a Girl Will Do for Love, Part 63mcmann.molly, Fri Sep 15 12:34
                  Soon the guys were at their lockers getting dressed in expensive suits and diamond jewelry. Betsy tried not to watch them dress, but stole a peek at Jamal putting on his underwear to see if it was... more
                  • Re: What a Girl Will Do for Love, Part 63BPClavel, Sat Sep 23 15:01
                    Molly, I LOVE the ending. Even though my plan was to stop and post after reading 63, my self-discipline did not prove sufficient for the task. But, focusing on just 63: I’m glad that Betsy is a... more
                  • Re: What a Girl Will Do for Love, Part 63RomanceMan, Sun Sep 17 00:29
                    It had BETTER be ok.. I'm still feeling the build up. Michelle's silence better be AIRPLANE MODE! I hope that some of Betsy's pessimistic speculations, although realistic sounding, turn out to be... more
                  • What a Girl Will Do for Love, Part 64mcmann.molly, Fri Sep 15 12:35
                    Betsy started to run. She was close to the Art Building already, and as she crested the hill she could see it across a grassy, flooded lawn. The main door flew open, and a naked girl stepped out.... more
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