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Dear Reader,

This blog serves to tell the dynamic story of Postmarked written by Megan Elise Granger, which is a collection of stories told through the different perspectives of nine people who all begin at the Brunswick, Maine Post Office on September 22nd, 2013. Each character offers a very new and original tale, which will move at it’s own pace and go to various places. And each story will be told in parts. Every Monday, a new part of one of the character’s stories will be added. Postmarked can be read in any order, but it is best to read it in the order of how it is posted, as many of the characters will be intersecting each other’s stories.

Here is a brief introduction to the character’s you will meet in Postmarked through a quote extracted from the first part of each of their stories:

Eleanor Sanders – “I have held on for far too long. And now, with half a dozen people ahead of me, I am ready to let go. I am seventh in line at the Post Office on a busy Thursday afternoon. And while I have other places to be, nothing seems more important than the decision I am about to make.”

Curtis L. Hughes – “Okay, so this is how she wants to play it, huh? A stand off? Well she doesn’t realize who she is dealing with. I am a self-made man. I am Benjamin Franklin in the flesh. I am successful. I am accomplished. And I will be respected. Even if it’s by this insignificant twit, who I will never see again in my entire life.”

Sebastian Garfield – “My body starts to shake and I can’t help it, but I try to hold myself together as much as I can. I head for the door quickly like I’ve been taught to. But, I can’t stop saying “September 22nd’ over and over again to myself. I’m sweating everywhere now. Not just my hands anymore. As I get to the door, I hear the tall woman say to Krista, ‘Latch-key kids. That’s why parents should watch their kids more.’ What does that even mean? I feel like I can’t breathe anymore.”

Ivana Vultaggio – “I just miss her so much. If I could venture backward, I would probably do such a thing. Because I cannot take no more. It has been eight years with me and Antonio having no one but ourselves to love. And soon he will be gone. I do not know how much longer he can hold on. The doctors say within the next couple of months. What can I do? Dio mio! What can I do?”

Louis Rogers – “She yells out, ‘NEXT!’ and I start to push my huge package toward the counter. I snicker to myself. ‘Huge package’. That’s what’s up. That’s what all the ladies must say I’m sure. ‘Louis has a huge package!’ Well ladies, it really is my burden in life, but I guess I’ve learned to live with it. Oh, who am I kidding? I am just really ripe today. Probably because it’s been a while. Longer than I care to mention actually.”

Laura Tremaine – “I don’t look half bad today, I think. I mean, my hair’s held up. Which is nice, for once. My fringe looks–well, not awful. Kinda thinking I could go for a different outfit though. This one’s okay, but I don’t know, cardigans always make me look bigger. Well, my size Tall one doesn’t, but it was dirty. Note to Laura: you need more of those! Maybe if you weren’t so cheap then you could buy things that actually flatter your body. Oh, yea right. Who are you kidding? Nothing could flatter such a weird body type. I mean, there’s apples and pears. I feel like I’m a squash. And there’s nothing attractive about a squash. Nothing.”

Chloe Lang – “One day I’m gonna get one. I’m gonna come in here, like I do every other day. But that day will be different. Because something will compel me to make the jump. And I’ll get the passport. I’ll book my first flight ever to some crazy destination, like Bora Bora or Thailand or Rio de Janeiro. And then I’ll leave Maine behind. And I’ll leave Richard behind. And all the bullshit. And I’ll be my own person. For once in my life. And I’ll like that person. Because no matter who that person will be, she’ll be better than me….as I am right now. I’ll actually be proud to be her.”

Krista Schultz – “I just do what I do every other time and say ‘Hi.’ He looks down and rubs his arm and I can tell he knows I don’t know him. But whatever, I was nice about it. I could have just said, ‘Hello random guy I don’t know, but who knows me because I got knocked up in high school. How are you?’ But, no. I didn’t do that. Because despite being a whore, as everyone thinks, I’m also a nice person, which nobody thinks. I try to avoid any further awkwardness and get down to business.”

Jonathan McWhirter*TBD: Yet to be Written*

Following is a Table of Contents for what has been posted and what is to come:

Chapter One – Part One of Eleanor’s Story:   https://megranger.wordpress.com/2014/01/06/postmarked-eleanors-story/

Chapter Two – Part One of Curtis’s Story:   https://megranger.wordpress.com/2014/01/09/postmarked-curtiss-story/

Chapter Three – Part One of Sebastian’s Story:  https://megranger.wordpress.com/2014/01/13/postmarked-sebastians-story/

Chapter Four – Part One of Ivana’s Story:   https://megranger.wordpress.com/2014/01/20/postmarked-ivanas-story/

Chapter Five – Part One of Louis’s Story:   https://megranger.wordpress.com/2014/01/27/postmarked-louiss-story/

Chapter Six – Part Two of Eleanor’s Story:  https://megranger.wordpress.com/2014/02/03/postmarked-eleanors-story-2/

Chapter Seven – Part One of Laura’s Story:  https://megranger.wordpress.com/2014/02/10/postmarked-lauras-story/

Chapter Eight – Part One of Chloe’s Story:   https://megranger.wordpress.com/2014/02/13/postmarked-chloes-story/

Chapter Nine – Part Two of Sebastian’s Story:   https://megranger.wordpress.com/2014/02/17/postmarked-sebastians-story-2/

Chapter Ten – Part Two of Louis’s Story:   https://megranger.wordpress.com/2014/02/24/postmarked-louiss-story-2/

Chapter Eleven – Part One of Krista’s Story:   https://megranger.wordpress.com/2014/03/03/postmarked-kristas-story/

Chapter Twelve – Part Two of Ivana’s Story:   https://megranger.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/postmarked-ivanas-story-2/

Chapter Thirteen – Part Two of Chloe’s Story:   https://megranger.wordpress.com/2014/03/17/postmarked-chloes-story-2/

Chapter Fourteen – Part Three of Eleanor’s Story:   https://megranger.wordpress.com/2014/03/24/postmarked-eleanors-story-3/

Chapter Fifteen – Part Two of Laura’s Story:         https://megranger.wordpress.com/2014/03/31/postmarked-lauras-story-2/

Chapter Sixteen – Part Two of Curtis’s Story:      https://megranger.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/postmarked-curtiss-story-2-2/

Chapter Seventeen – Part Three of Louis’s Story:  https://megranger.wordpress.com/2014/04/14/postmarked-louiss-story-3/

Chapter Eighteen – Part Three of Sebastian’s Story:  https://megranger.wordpress.com/2014/04/21/postmarked-sebastians-story-3/

Chapter Nineteen – Part Three of Ivana’s Story:  https://megranger.wordpress.com/2014/04/28/postmarked-ivanas-story-3/

Chapter Twenty – Part Two of Krista’s Story:  https://megranger.wordpress.com/2014/05/05/postmarked-kristas-story-2/

Chapter Twenty-One – Part Three of Curtis’s Story:   https://megranger.wordpress.com/2014/05/16/postmarked-curtiss-story-3/

Chapter Twenty-Two – Part Four of Ivana’s Story:  https://megranger.wordpress.com/2014/05/19/postmarked-ivanas-story-4/

Chapter Twenty-Three – Part Three of Chloe’s Story:  https://megranger.wordpress.com/2014/06/02/postmarked-chloes-story-3/

Chapter Twenty-Four – Part Four of Eleanor’s Story:  https://megranger.wordpress.com/2014/06/09/postmarked-eleanors-story-4/

Chapter Twenty-Five – Part Four of Sebastian’s Story:  https://megranger.wordpress.com/2014/06/16/postmarked-sebastians-story-4/

Chapter Twenty-Six – Part Three of Laura’s Story:  https://megranger.wordpress.com/2014/06/23/postmarked-laurasstory-3/

Chapter Twenty-Seven – Part Four of Louis’s Story:   https://megranger.wordpress.com/2014/07/07/postmarked-louiss-story-4/

Chapter Twenty-Eight – Part Three of Krista’s Story: Monday, July 14th, 2014

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“When you give up…

“When you give up your dream, you die.”                                                                    -Nick Hurley

This may not be a very well known quote. And it may not even be a quote that was written to evoke inspiration on an individual level. This quote is said by the character Nick Hurley to the protagonist Alex Owens in the 1983 cult classic Flashdance. Up until this point in the movie, her dream was too big for her. At least, she thought it was too big for her. But when he tells her this at the climax of the movie, she finally decides to grab her dream by the horns and fight, well actually dance, like hell for it. Because Nick is right. If we have nothing to hold onto, we are nothing ourselves.

Flashdance movie image Jennifer Beals

Up until this point of my life, my dream has always loomed over me like a dark mysterious cloud. But, I’m ready now. I’m ready to look my dream in the face and overcome it. Nothing is holding me back but myself. Nothing has ever held me back but myself. So now, it’s time for me to go charging into that void of possibilities and find out just exactly what it holds for me and what I hold for it.

And what a feeling that will be.