Where do characters go after the story is complete? While the manuscript is shopped to agents and publishers? What space do they fill as the file awaits comments from the editor I hire to go over the words yet again?
Jaime, I miss our daily talks. Our arguments over whether you would return to Paris. I won that argument. Finally, the last word was typed, the file dated and closed. Where are you now, Jaime? I became very attached to your French accent over the last three years. You became an important part of my life.
And now, a new character speaks to me. His name is Cody and he is alone in the Outback of Australia, near Alice Springs. I must write his story now.
I will see you again, Jaime. In January we will open the Madeleine Diaries. Together, we will write what we find there, and we will see the cherry trees bloom once again.