aroslav is one of the top writers at Storiesonline.net. Whether it's his "Model Student" series, the "Hero Lincoln Trilogy", the wonderful "Living Next Door to Heaven", or his newest piece, "Art Something", aroslav has an amazing ability to take you into a story and make you grow to love the characters.
My favorites from his work have been the stories involving art, which inspired me to think about the beauty of art, though I know little about it (though, of course, I know what I like! 😎).
In this story, an unusual protagonist, Arthur, lives mostly in his own world, protected and guided by his slightly older sister Morgan (and multiple parental figures on the periphery of the story). When Morgan must go away to college, she recruits Annette to take her place with Arthur while she is gone and carry on her protective and loving role.
The story is beautifully written. While you may suspect how the story will eventually end, the journey through it is well worth the trip. It would be very hard to not love the characters.
Several years ago, when I still lived in Reno, "aroslav" and I met for brunch and I had a chance to talk with him in person. My own background was Navy and software engineering, and I learned a lot about literature, writing and publishing just during our meal together. He has written many things, and understands the craft of writing as well as other things such as printing presses, too.
I highly recommend ALL of aroslav's stories. Just as some of my favorite authors from mainstream literature inspired me and entertained me for many hours as I was growing up, this story and the other aroslav stories I mentioned fall in this quality category, too - stories written by masters.
Unfortunately, it's not enough. However, we're semi-promised a sequel.
Um... can I just say "the story" and leave it at that? The characters are well-defined. The revelation of bits of history is interesting. The relationships, both romantic, familial, romantic, and friendly, are easy and full of life and love.
I think I heard a typo in chapter 10?
The Last Call:
This is a lovely story. It's a little light, reflecting the fact that most of us don't have teenage years full of woe and tragedy. The conflicts are very similar to my HS ones: internal ones having to do with self-confidence and understanding and growing relationships.