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Val and Erin each visit an outpatient clinic, and each ends up with mistaken beliefs which dramatically affect their lives: Erin continues making important changes in her life, to adopt an infant and start her own business. Val realizes he's been letting his life slip by since his baseball career ended and has not found any career or any person that will give meaning to his life. When Val and Erin meet and fall in love, the misinformation again affects their lives, putting an insurmountable barrier between them. The clock is ticking, and only luck will decide whether they find out the truth in time.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   2000+ (Present Day) Making a living subplot    -   Yes Making a living:    -   working at a business Inner struggle subplot    -   Yes Struggle with...    -   midlife crisis If one lover chases another...    -   he chases after her Disability or addiction?    -   physical disability/sickness/injury

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   computer programmer Age/status:    -   40's-50's Sex makes him    -   blissful    -   mature    -   sensitive    -   a better lover

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   40's-50's Profession/status:    -   artist Effect of sexing    -   blissful    -   mature Unusual characteristics:    -   Physically sick


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Greece Misc setting    -   resort/hotel

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment What % of story is romance related?    -   60% How explicit is the sex?    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript How much sexing?    -   1-2 sex acts

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