I'd like to make the following acknowledgements about the second part of "A Love Beyond the Stars - Love on the Run".
The mayor plotline of this story: "the secret" if you will, is inspired by the novel "Keeping You a Secret" by Julie Anne Peters - copyright 2003 by Julie Anne Peters.
I also borrowed some very cute lines from the movie D.E.B.S, written and directed by Angela Robinson - copyright 2005 Destination Film Distribution Company Inc. You may want to watch the movie yourself though, if you want to know which lines I mean.
The mayor plot points of the final two chapters come from the Season One finale of Battlestar Galactica: "Kobol's Last Gleaming 1&2", written by Ron Moore; story by David Eick. Oh and there's one funny scene in chapter seven, that I first saw on BBC's "Coupling".
Special thanks go to Ayelet and Dana for beta reading various parts of "A Love Beyond the Stars", without getting desperate or barmy. I also thank my friend and colleague Liudimila M., who like the character in this story has a daughter named Katharina, but unlike her name cousin is not homophobic at all. She also listened patiently to all the newest developments of my various stories, without complaining or hitting me.
I also like to thank "Rob", who over at (the late) Extra Flamey unintentionally suggested Laura Roslin to be the one to turn against Tara for being gay. And "dalammadt" for equally unintentionally giving me the idea for the second cliff-hanger of "Love on the Run".
Finally I like to pay some special respects to those three men, without whose work there would not have been "A Love Beyond the Stars" in the first place.
Joss Whedon - of course - for creating with "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", a series that was not merely about demons and slaying vampires, but about people going through growing pains while slaying vampires. More even though, for creating Willow & Tara and thus the sadly still longest running lesbian relationship on American network television.
Ron Moore, for taking on a mediocre SiFi show from the seventies, keeping only the very core story idea and most of the names and creating upon this foundation the best written, best acted and generally best SiFi show on television today. In essence real human drama that just happened to play in space.
Third but in no way last J. Michael Straczynski, who back in the nineteen ninety's created the first SiFi show that was so very different and better, from what was SiFi at the time and to a certain extend still is today. Of course J. Michael Straczynski's "Babylon 5" provided me with the majority of the necessary chapter titles for "A Love Beyond the Stars".
A big thank you very much to all of you who read my story, liked it and commented so usefully upon it. It is for you that I write these stories.
And of course one special warm thank you for Cheryl and Julia, for all your kind words and the hours we use to chat - it is my privilege to call you two my friends.
Thank you, the two of you mean the world to me.
PS: Always welcoming feedback on this instalment's double cliff-hangar, as well the previous instalment.