As i think you all know by now, my main concerns with my EH saga is keeping them true to their characters, and not falling into a predictable storyline. So it's always gratifying to learn that you think i've dealt with both of those things.
I have to say that i'm quite enjoying writing for the other characters. At one point i would have said that i'm only really interested in writing Jacob (!!!), but i do like the depth that introducing the other characters adds to the story. And i think it's given me a bit of confidence to maybe go ahead with my own story after i've finished this, knowing that i can actually create interesting characters on my own. Because that is of course the one thing that fan fiction doesn't really lend itself to - as you are writing for characters that have been created by someone else.
Rueful, i'm really interested to read your comments about your relationship with your own Dad. I've been thinking a lot about what Rachel's (eventual) conversation with her dad will be like - no hints Joyce - because i have no experience with dealing with a parent like this. So i hope you don't mind rue, if i draw a little on what you said in their own conversation.
And Joyce, i was most interested in your comments about the "it's only about sex for them" issue with Jacob & Rachel. I totally agree with you that the very fact that they have such an intense attraction for each other completely means that they are very much in love (and still in the early stages of their relationship - they are marrying only 4 months after A Warm Weekend after all), and i think that was the point i was trying to make back on the RoofTop back then. So maybe part of that conversation with Jake & his Dad was a subconscious attempt on my part to further clarify that issue. At the time, i just thought that it was a continuation of Jake's confusion about how he was feeling before this wedding compared to how he felt before his first wedding. That he would question whether in fact it was love or just lust that he was feeling, because if it was truly love then why would he be questioning himself. But i very much see where you're coming from - you are very clever indeed to pick that up.
As to whether he was going to see Anna - well i did go through a few possibilities of where he would go and what he would do - but in the end, i decided that if he was truly going to marry Rachel with all of his heart then he had to, at some point, stop reaching out to Anna as his comfort. I know i didn't detail his thoughts when he got in the car and drove away from the house, but going to see Anna was one of the possibilities that he entertained before he decided that he really just needed a quiet place to think, and to visit his grandfather whom he had always been so close to. His grandfather would of course been the one that he would have spoken too if he'd been alive, which is probably why he'd never had a conversation like he did with his own dad before, because he'd always reached out to his grandfather in the past.
Kygal, yes i was very surprised after i posted the story and then went to bed without posting the link just how many people had read it. As you say, people are obviously still very interested in EH which just makes it all the harder to take that we don't see it anymore. I suppose i've never really known how many of my stories are read by the Rufus girls vs EH followers. Perhaps EH will join that cult group of well loved shows that only ever got one series like Firefly and Moonlight.
Oh well, best press on i guess. My head is full of possibilities as to how the next story will progress, but i've yet to make much headway in committing it to paper (or keyboard!!)