A Flawed Diamond
Caution: This Drama Sex Story contains strong sexual content, including Ma/Fa, Mult, Consensual, Romantic, BiSexual, Sports, Safe Sex, Oral Sex, Anal Sex, Masturbation, Slow, Violent,
Desc: Drama Sex Story: Cast - It’s been six years since Brock Miller and his friends left his adopted hometown. The angry boy has become a young adult, and life has taken him in a direction that none of them could have foreseen. But the scars from his troubled teens are deep – maybe too deep to allow him to find the most elusive of goals: a place to call home. [Sequel to "The Outsider."]
Cast of Characters
Brock Miller – The Outsider
Jennifer Miles – Atlanta, mathematician
Melanie Miles – Nashville, attorney
Tara Wyatt – Indianapolis, newscaster
Susan Simpson – San Diego, child advocate
Chastity Durant – Miami, women's soccer player
Meredith Van Landingham – Los Angeles, student
Leslie (Miles) Davis – Corbly, Jen and Melanie's mother
Sam Van Landingham – Los Angeles, Meredith's father
Erin Wyatt – Corbly, Tara's mother
Randi (Darby) Raver – Los Angeles, singer-actress
Al Perez – Los Angeles, veteran outfielder
Esmi Perez – Los Angeles, Al's wife
Emmy Reyes – Miami/Los Angeles, grad student/research assistant
J.C. Michaels – Brock's landlord
Louisa Bond – Miami, women's soccer player
Tia Barnett – Miami, women's soccer player
Zoe Brewer – Los Angeles, sheriff's deputy
Josh Hart – Los Angeles, veteran catcher
Mandy Hart – Los Angeles, Josh's wife
Zack Duffy – Los Angeles, rookie pitcher
Chris Gomez – Los Angeles, Randi's primary bodyguard
Cynthia Lu – Los Angeles, Dodgers chief of security
Stan Balsam – Manhattan, Brock and J.C.'s agent Author's note
As with any work of this size, I think it's best to explain some things out of the gate. The last thing I want is for someone to get a dozen chapters into this story and decide that I had misled him or her about the content.
In my mind, "The Outsider" was a self-contained story. It was about a young man starting over without the comforts we all take for granted: a home, a family, people who care about him. When he left for North Carolina, it was completed. There was nothing more to write. He was no longer "The Outsider." He was part of a circle of friends.
Apparently many readers thought there should be more. After a few months of contemplation, I decided to acquiesce. There were more places I could take the characters.
One place I didn't take them was to North Carolina – at least not in written form. Their college years are alluded to in this story but it is not the focus of this story (nor will it be the focus on any other story I write). There is nothing new to write about the relationships that couldn't be summed up in the hundred or so sentences in this story.
Instead I moved the story six years into the future – and I split up the group. Nothing grows to its full height in a crowded garden. The only way I could move the characters into original scenarios was to send them off on lives of their own.
So please don't write me an e-mail lamenting the loss of the group dynamic.
The most frequent complaint I receive from readers about my recent works (outside of my decision to post my stories in serial format) revolves around the number of characters I use.
This story has an expanded cast. As with "Daze in the Valley," it is unavoidable. That story comprised 165 chapters. This one is 90. I am not a good enough writer to cover as much ground as I cover without having the lead characters interact with the world at large.
I don't know of any writer on SOL who can write a decent novel-length story that has only a handful of characters without repeating the same plotlines a hundred times. I have read some works on this site that tried – and they failed. The same slightly-altered scenario takes place three or four times during the course of telling the story (and that's two or three times too many).
As with other stories that had a lot of names to remember, I have included a cast list at the front of the story. I hope that helps and I hope that keeps the complaints to a minimum. I don't include every person in the story. The cast list only contains the main characters.
Now I guess I should address the most frequent complaint: the posting schedule.
The proofreaders, editor and I put a great deal of work into the stories that I post on SOL. I think those stories deserve a chance to find a readership. The best way to let readers find the story is to post it as a serial. Stories posted whole got lost quickly in the New Stories queue – particularly since some "authors" find it necessary to bombard the site with 10 or more files a week.
Even if the story scores well (never a given the way SOL scoring is set up) it won't be available without a search for more than 30 days.
Then there is the primary reason:
It takes time to get the chapters edited, proofread and formatted. I can't ask my editor to send all 90 chapters back at once. I can't ask my proofreaders to cull through that many words. I can't set aside enough time to format and post that number of files. Well, I suppose I could but that would mean that it wouldn't hit the site until 2015 or so.
As it is, BlackIrish can send me back a handful of chapters as he finishes them. I can format them and ship them off to the proofers. Once a few are back in hand, I can put them on the site. It works well for the people who put in the work even if it's not always convenient for the reader.
So that's the way I'll continue to post my work.
We come now to the disclaimers. Of course, standard copyright warnings apply: Don't post this work without my permission. Don't sell it to someone claiming it's your own. StoriesOnline is the sole place I post my original work. There is one other site that houses one of my previously posted works, credited to me, and posted with my permission.
If you see one of my stories somewhere else, please alert me. If you see one of my stories for sale somewhere, please alert me. If you see one of my stories posted under another name, please alert me. If you see them elsewhere, they were stolen from me and from this site.
Then there are the secondary disclaimers.
If you haven't read "The Outsider," there will be parts of this story that seem random. I did not rewrite sections for edification if I alluded to something that transpired in that story. I assumed you understood the character relationships. I think this story can stand on its own but it will be greatly beneficial to have read "The Outsider" before delving into this story.
OK, spoiler alert here, folks.
The next section will give away some plot points.
I think those points become evident in the opening couple of chapters but if stuff like that bothers you, go ahead and start the story.
If you're still reading, I assume you trust me not to give away too much so I'll go forward.
This story has many references to baseball. If you dislike baseball or sports in general, you might consider giving this story a pass. If you don't understand baseball terminology, I advise you to keep a separate internet tab open to a baseball dictionary. The more obscure concepts (such as salary arbitration and the varying disabled lists), I've explained in the story where they crop up.
But if you don't know the difference between a catcher and a shortstop you might be lost at times. Again, I've tried to explain the relevance in a way that the novice can understand but if you know absolutely nothing about baseball, you might need to hit Wiki for a primer.
Even if you do, I hope you enjoy the story.