H is for Heartbreak
Ah, heartbreak: that terribly awfully perfect piece of a love story. Most of us love happy endings, but if we're honest, we also love to see some heartbreak before our heroes and heroines get what they want. After all, happiness is all the more precious when it's hard-won, and to set aside humor for a moment, we all know what it's like to suffer, and feel like we won't survive it. It's part of being human, that awful grief - as is the rush of light when we come out on the other side, and find that somehow, miraculously, we're still alive. But I already wrote about that in Cloudland.
In this novel, I get the delicious fun of adding heartbreak into six different stories, and of subjecting my two souls to a variety of different forms of heartbreak. I mentioned this at length in an earlier post, but I'm planning on using quite a few of the love story plots at my disposal.
So I'll have heartbreak because someone isn't loved; heartbreak because someone is and the love isn't reciprocated; heartbreak because love is forbidden; heartbreak at being rejected, not once, not twice, but three times, by the same person; heartbreak at once-perfect love being destroyed; and quite a bit more.
I'm not just being sadistic, here, although that is fun. I'm trying to build a story arc through six different lifetimes - which means, really, that things can't work out perfectly until the last story. What a pity, right? ;)