David and the Lion’s Den — final chapter!

David’s in the basement as Raphael bleeds and Alonzo threatens. Will the whole story come out? Will Raph live? How will David change as an artist and a person? And how will I wrap the story up without resorting to rescue memes or sentimentalism? Find out!

Author’s notes:

This novel has lived inside my soul for ten years. I know the characters as well or better than I know some of my closest friends and family. Oddly, some of the characters are more real to me than the actual people I based them on. This version of the novel is a fourth draft, and it’s with a heavy heart that I lay it down. It’s finished, and I’m done. As David mourns Raph and Alonzo, I will mourn the the characters who will now slowly fade from consciousness, for I will never again know them as well as I know them at this moment. I’m happy, though, that in some way, they’ll live on in the hearts of readers.

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Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot. jamesfinnwrites@gmail.com

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