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April 15, 2016
Posted at 2:11 am
Updated: April 15, 2016 - 2:20 am
 

'Off The Deep End' Chapter 9 submitted + Chapter Notes

I'm writing ahead with 'Off The Deep End' and hopefully will be continuing to get one chapter a week out. I did get a few e-mails to the effect of: "Good! Now that they're together, let's get into the 'good stuff'!"

I assume that we share the same definition of 'good stuff', which would be the development of their actual real relationship; remember, James has just been pining for Nao for 7 chapters - they don't know that much about other yet. If you are thinking of a different definition, I would refer you to the story tags which include slow. Not too slow though. They are teenagers, after all. ^_~

You can look forward to an interesting bus ride, an overnight trip, meeting the parents, and of course Nao and James getting closer.

Medical Note for Chapter 9!
In Chapter 9, a character has a case of what Wikipedia tells me is sometimes referred to as 'Epididymal Hypertension' (the fancy term for 'Blue Balls'). The comparison is made between the cramping associated with PMT and the aformentioned male discomfort.

Whilst I am regularly familiar with one and not the other (because you know, biology), discussions with my partner seem to indicate that there are some similarities and (allowing me the literary licence of writing from the perspective of a 16yo male protagonist) it would not be a completely left-field assumption for him to make.

Interestingly, from our discussion the suggestion was made that if blue balls lasted for 2-3 days every month, then more men would opt for extreme body modification (the removal of the offending organs).

I hope you continue to enjoy 'Off The Deep End'. Thank you again for your lovely e-mails and comments. I do reply to each of them.