Who’s the real antagonist here?

It has been a productive week for Once Upon a Time in Iowa, and it’s not over yet! As soon as I finish here, I’ll be heading back to 1871 Iowa. First, let me tell you what’s been happening.

Mary and Jesse

As you may recall from November wrap up…, Jesse finally arrived, and the story began to flow. We have reached the point where Mary and Jesse are getting to know each other. It’s great because I’m getting to know them, too.

Something’s brewing between them. Something so sweet and beautiful. I can feel it as I write. I’m falling in love with them falling in love. I can’t wait to see what happens next.


Lewis is Mary’s big brother, older by a year. They’re not just siblings, but also close friends. Lewis doesn’t trust Jesse with Mary. After all, Jesse is a railroad man who follows the work wherever it takes him. He’ll be leaving just as quickly as he arrived.

At first, I think that Lewis thought the flirtations were harmless. He even encouraged them a little. After all, Jesse is a railroad man who follows the work wherever it takes him. He’ll be gone soon enough. Now, Lewis sees something happening between them, and it worries him. What else can he do but get in the way?

What’s next?

I don’t know what’s next for Jesse and Mary. I don’t know how far Lewis will go to prevent Mary from giving her first kiss away to a drifter who’s only passing through. She deserves a first kiss that’s magical and amazing. Lewis isn’t the only one who has an opinion, so I’m sure everyone else is going to be pushing and pulling at the couple.

Her own worst enemy

Did I mention that Mary is absolutely torn between whatever keeps pulling her towards Jesse and the absolute certainty that it is just not practical (her word)? She’s trying to ignore it, avoid it, and squash it. He makes it damned near impossible.

What’s he up to?

But Jesse, oh Jesse. He’s got this confidence that is unshakable. He swears he has no ill intentions towards Mary. I can’t honestly say that I know what his intentions are. I thought he was going to kiss her. I was sure of it. He didn’t. I’m not sure why. I’m not sure what he’s planning, but I can feel that there is a reason to what he does.

Hopping in my time machine

Once Upon a Time in Iowa is moving along at a wonderful pace, and I am excited and enthralled by the story that is becoming. I’m somewhere between a third and halfway done with the first draft, depending on how long it decides to be. Back to 1871 Iowa I go. I can’t wait to see what today has in store for them.

Interested in helping bring Once Upon a Time in Iowa to publication? I’ve set up an account on ko-fi so that you can. Each cup of coffee helps me to keep working. It will go towards household bills as well as helping me to afford editing and other preparations for publishing when the time comes.

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