Copyright © 2004-2018 Jeff P.. All Rights Reserved.
Began Writing: November 03, 2004
First Posted: November 14, 2004
Completed: December 20, 2017
Final Posting: December 31, 2017
Editors (I hope I get them all):
* Ghost & Dakota * - (TwoHyperPups)
* The Story Lover *
* ACFan *
* Darryl, aka The Radio Rancher *
Creative Inspiration (In no particular order):
ACfan - The Corner Cafe
Akeentia - The Padded Room
Gary Q. - Gary's Garden
Multimapper - Bent & Twisted
Boi From Aus - The Annex
Comicality - Comicality's Shack out Back
"And" The ENTIRE Fort family @ http://fortfamilyforums.com
*HUGZ* to You ALL!!!
Originally Hosted By:
"Uncle" August Christopher
Sites Authorized to Host "Sentenced to Life":
UnOfficial Theme Song:
It All Begins With Love
Performed By: Declan Galbraith
Main Characters UnOfficial Theme Song:
If Everyone Cared
Performed By: Nickelback
This story is a work of fiction with the sole purpose of portraying in an amplified sense of the bittersweet pains of being a mentor, when the day comes to step away and let that very person whom you directed so much love and attention to, spread their wings and fly on their own. It is based loosely on a relationship I had, to a friend who still to this day calls me "Uncle" and makes me more proud than I ever thought possible. His daily presence is certainly missed, which at times does in fact hurt. Just knowing that my being a strong fixture in his life at a time when he chose me to look up to and learn from, makes it easier to deal with, but no less missed.
A Special Thank You:
A special thanks go out to my family and friends for their support and help while writing this story. Without you all, I would really have no need or desire to write it at all. Even better, many of those who have become my family over the years (and they know who they are) are also the ones I have taken under my wing in the past. Knowing how my just “Being there” for them when they needed someone, and now looking at the adults they have become or are becoming, fills me with a pride that is unmatched. Today, no longer beneath my wing but, flying strong on their own. I wouldn't change a thing…
I also owe a huge amount of thanks and gratitude to my "Family" in our reader's forum. On a daily basis, they have encouraged me to continue on with my writing. A.Christopher for giving me a home for my work, and ACfan & Akeentia for working with me every step of the way building a home for my ramblings and a universe to let them live. "I love you all, and could never thank you enough!"
As I've mentioned, there are many "real life" models for many of the characters in this story. As I modeled "Danny Page" loosely on myself, there is one character who I actually had difficulty bringing in, and only because I wanted to preserve the memories that brought his real-life model into my life, and the reason I wanted to write the story of finding and often losing your purpose: "Kevin Perry". In life, my real "Shadow" was the source of so much happiness in a life that I was becoming one heartache after another. His friendship was more important to me than the air I breathed and as he got older and I was forced to let go, memories of our daily lives still act on me as a ray of warm sunshine does on a cold, wet, and rainy day. Today he may or may not know how much healing I did in my own life because of him. My work here is for the boy he was; for the man he is; for who I am because he helped me begin a better journey. "I miss you Shadow."
I would also like to dedicate this story to two of my newest "Nephews", Logan and Coby. After events in Logan's life that caused his own father to unjustifiably subject his own flesh and blood to pains no 13-year-old should EVER experience, Logan's Uncle allowed all of us to be there via our reader's forum at a time when he needed friends to support and help him heal. I am honored to call you, and your friend/brother Coby, Nephews.
We all love both of you guys and will be right here should you ever need us, always!