(Forgive the on-going self-indulgence, but sometimes you just need to holler out, especially when something's been so tightly internalised for a few days and you can't really show it to no one or talk about it or nuffink, but:)
Whoooo!! I'm done!
New story finished. A couple sentences that need fixin' - and a maybe-paragraph insersion if that don't end up over-egging it.
This is good, I think. I'm pleased with it. It reads pretty well, without sounding like anyone else. And I think - hope! - it hits the right spot without resorting to sentimentality.
Time to put it in the shoe-cupboard for a couple days and then tighten its laces slightly, ready for a walk to what will hopefully be its new home.
*slow exhalation of breath*
(back to writing about other people now)