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Hail to the Chief - 1. January 21, 2041

“That’s enough, Carson. Put the brush away. There’s no more lint on any of us.” CJ marveled at his former college classmate’s dedication and attention to detail. Carson Sawyer had served him well as chief of staffa role the man was about to repriseand more recently as campaign manager. Unmarried, Sawyer’s focus was on his job twenty-four hours a day. He followed CJ to Havana when the man was appointed U. S. ambassador to Cuba. Returning to Washington, Carson served his friend through two elections and a little over one term as the District’s mayor. He reprised his role in New York during CJ’s time as ambassador to the United Nations. His tenure as gatekeeper to the President of the United States began today.

“Sorry, Mr. President, but it’s my job to ensure you all look your best. How will you be recognized as America’s most photogenic family again if I don’t pay attention to the little things?” Along with the expanding waistline, Carson had developed a deep familiarity with the Abellós over the years spent with CJ. He knew what buttons to push to calm or get a rise out of his boss. Today, he was being playful; everyone knew CJ hated looks-based popularity. Even if it was one of the reasons he had won the election.

“Let him be, Ceej. Don’t be a pain. Jeffer and I are going to miss this kind of TLC at Annapolis. Let us enjoy it while we can.” High school seniors, Roosevelt and Jefferson Abelló paid more attention to their appearance than either of their fathers ever did. They did a final modeling shoot prior to the campaign going into high gear and bitterly complained when told they could not strut catwalks or book additional photo sessions before the election. Although they did not need the money, they thrived on the attention.

“Watch your mouth, middie. Are you forgetting who you’re talking to? That’s our Commander-in-Chief.” Owen tried not to laughmock stern was not his strong suit. “I swear the two of you primp more than your sister does. Why can’t you be more relaxed like her?”

CJ tried to disguise his smirk by turning and coughing. After all their years together, Owen still took his breath away. He anticipated celebrating their twenty-fifth anniversary while residing in the White House and had promised this was the last dance. It was to be his final effort at following the advice he gave his classmates when he spoke at his college commencement: remain involved and help your fellow men. Once his term was over, they would travel and enjoy spending as much time together as possible.

Owen was the one person who saw CJ without the public mask. He knew the man about to become the most powerful person in the world best. Love and trust defined their relationship.

Through all the jobs and the necessary moves, Owen never complained and never failed to be CJ’s staunchest supporter. If there was one aspect of their lives the Aussie at times questioned, it was how they had raised their children. Intelligence, wealth, and physical beauty the kids had handled well, but their personalities were too damn close to their parents. The youngsters’ banter echoed the way the two fathers interacted with the rest of the extended family.

“Leave me out of it, Oz.” Elizabeth Abelló, a Georgetown University student planning on law school after graduation, had thrown her own tantrum earlier. “I’m still upset. Fabricio should be in here with us.”

“I thought we settled this, Liebe. Your boyfriend’s right out there, and you’ll see him soon enough. Stop acting like a petulant child.” Although both fathers enforced rules and administered discipline, CJ was the one the kids preferred not to anger. That revelation made by their daughter during an interview the previous year led to Owen calling CJ the ogre for a while. “This is family time. Don’t forget you’re in charge of your little brother this morning.”

“I don’t need no one to watch me, Papi.” Davenport Liston Abelló—ten years younger than his sisterhad been the center of Liebe’s world from the day he had been adopted as a newborn. Her maternal instincts flourished under the watchful eyes of female relatives. “I can take care of myself like I did last summer in Australia. Liebe, Roo, and Jeffer were only there for like a week.”

All four children grew up spending portions of their summer vacations in the Hunter Valley at the Liston family compound. The previous year, in the heat of the presidential campaign, his sister and brothers insisted on traveling the United States with their fathers. To them, it was an adventure; for CJ and Owen, it was a nightmare. Supervising three teenagers while attending endless meetings and rallies was not something either one of them enjoyed.

“We know, Davey.” Owen squatted in front of his son and adjusted the boy’s necktie. “But you know this is a very important day, and we have to follow the plans. As soon as the photographer gets here and snaps a few pictures, you guys can go outside. You’ll go first and sit next to Grandpa César and Grandpa Brett. Okay?”

“Speaking of Fabricio, check it out. The camera’s on him and his dad.” Although the sound was off, CJ knew commentators would be introducing important guests to the worldwide viewership. “Thiago looks happy. He’s going to make a great Secretary of Veterans Affairs.” For a man who was never in the military, Thiago Baravento had become an indefatigable champion for anyone separated from service. “Can somebody turn up the volume? I want to hear what they say about Harley.”

“Of course, Katie. President Elect Abelló has said in countless interviews that these two men were the ones he first met and associated with in high school. The nucleus of what evolved into the now famed CJ’s Squad. The group of Millennials who’s about to take over the West Wing.”

“True, but the appointment of Harley Wilkinson as Administrator of the Small Business Administration was still fraught with controversy. You may recall the pundits had him pegged as our next ambassador to Vietnam. Since his wife’s family hails from the country, many predicted that was where the couple would end. What they called ‘a cushy job handed out to a longtime friend.’ I have the feeling his performance will surprise many.”

“They didn’t take into account President Elect Abelló would want to keep his closest associates in Washington. I’m not so sure an appointment of Mr. Wilkinson to any governmental post would have been a simple handout. After all, the man has proven he’s a savvy businessman. He did rise from being a mechanic to owning the best-known motorcycle custom shop in the United States.”

“Which he started with a loan from his friend’s family.”

“While attending school at night to obtain a business degree. Now, if you want to talk about a controversial appointment, the man sitting next to Mrs. Wilkinson was at the center of the biggest

“Okay, you can mute it. I don’t need to hear about Ethan and Sean again.” CJ recalled how his fathers and Carson had been the only ones in the transition team not opposed to the appointment of Ethan Feldman as Solicitor General. Then again, Carson and Ethan were both Squad members; there was zero chance of those men not supporting each other. Sean Brody’s past as a sex worker titillated the public for weeks, but CJ stood his ground, and Ethan’s brilliance took center stage in time. A grin crossed his face. Wait until the pundits found out Ethan would be his first appointment to the Supreme Court.

“Hey, guys,”Brad opened the door after two quick knocks“this is your make-up artist. The photographer’s here too.” The official White House photographer had told them there would be no posed pictures this morning. He asked them to ignore his presence as he clicked away.

“Uncle Brad, can you make sure nobody takes my seat next to Fabricio?” Liebe had not been happy when her fathers requested Brad Kennedy be appointed head of her Secret Service protection detail.

Her cousin, Carolina Prado, was even less so. After all, the two women were best of friends, spent much of their time together, and no one freshly out of their teens wants to go out trailed by bodyguards. Particularly when one of them is the man you call dad.

“Really, Liebe?” Brad’s incredulous face elicited grins from everyone in the room. “There’s not a single human alive who would dare take your seat. They’re all scared as fuck you’d beat the shit out of them.” The man had gained his ward’s trust when he found her on her knees pleasuring her boyfriend and kept his mouth shut. She was flabbergasted when she told CJ about what had happened and realized her father had no idea Brad had stumbled upon her.

“Hey! Language, Red. Not in front of the children.” This time, Owen was able to deliver his line without laughing.

“Really, Ozzie?” The hands on the hips and the frown may have been what kept Brad from cracking up. “Have you ever heard a conversation between your children? Cristina and I blame our kids’ foul mouths on their cousins.”

“Duuude, like, what the fff… frick?” Jefferson glanced at his fathers out of the corner of his eye. He had almost broken one of the cardinal rules. Swearing was prohibited when non-family members were present. Brad was family, but the photographer was not.

“Really, Jeffer?” Third time was the charm. Agent Kennedy lost it. The laughter was rich and deep. It came from a man who loved life. “I’m just glad I got Liebe and get to stay in Washington. I pity the agents assigned to your detail. If there’s a way to get into trouble at the Naval Academy, the two of you will—” The comment died when he noticed the man on the monitor. “Hey, somebody turn up the volume. It’s Paddy.”

“No surprise that Father Patrick Kennedy’s delivering the invocation today. Or that he’s been selected as White House Chaplain. He’s the only cleric who could have convinced our next president to attend this morning’s moving prayer service.”

“Excellent point, Katie. It was in character for Mr. Abelló to tinker with tradition by moving the event to the National Cathedral and opening it to the public.”

“That’s right, Peter. Some assumed he would skip it, but since the Episcopal priest is a member of his cabal, those of us aware the two have been friends for over a quarter century were not surprised.”

“Let’s not forget Father Kennedy headed the religious leaders’ group who pledged their support for the presidential candidate in spite of his well-known dislike of organized religion.”

The camera pulled back to show Patrick, his husband, and their kids embrace Chipper.

“His sons, Boston and Tokyo, are part of the twenty-odd youngsters we suspect will spend a lot of time in the White House. They may be at the core of a Junior Squad. Along with the President Elect’s children, his niece and nephew, Scooter and Springer Wilkinson, Gamon and Benjamin Mookjai, Carolina Prado and

“Speaking of The Squad, there’s a fifth member. Cristiano Humberto Israel Pereira, Jr.that name’s a mouthful, no wonder he goes by Chipperelectrified the crowd during the concert at the Lincoln Memorial a couple of days ago.”

“I’m certain the reaction was the same wherever on the planet his fans watched. After all, he’s been one of the world’s top recording artists for years. I look forward to hearing his rendition of the national anthem.”

“And I’m pretty sure he’s the only person who could challenge the President Elect in popularity right now. His upcoming residency in Las Vegas sold out months before he first steps on that stage. In contrast, the man now standing behind him has always kept a low profile.”

“As we would expect from the next Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Although Lincoln Duvall Erickson has a sterling reputation within the FBI, his single brush with fame came on the heels of the incident in Mexico City.”

“The same event that supposedly solidified his position as the oldest and last individual accepted into the inner circle.”

“It’s ironic his predecessor resigned the day after the election, claiming his beliefs did not allow him to serve under a homosexual. Director Erickson will be the first out gay man to head the agency.”

Whoever had the remote control muted the sound when three raps on the door preceded the appearance of a man dressed in chef’s whites pushing a beverage cart into the room.

“Uncle Tank! Uncle Tank!” Davenport rushed to embrace the stocky man he acknowledged as his favorite uncle. The fact Tanix Janda, who attended culinary school while working as a bartender and bar manager and later became a pastry shop owner always brought the youngest Abelló edible treats may have influenced the kid’s opinion. “Did you make me flan?”

“Hi, Davey. No flan right now, buddy. But I brought hot cocoa for everyone.” Tank reached underneath the top shelf and retrieved a bag hidden beneath a linen napkin. “And I have miniature marshmallows to put in yours. As for the flan, since your dad hired me to work in the White House’s kitchen, I promise I’ll make it at least once a week.” The man looked up to see both CJ and Owen smiling at him. “Hey! There’s Ritch on the screen. He doesn’t look too happy.”

CJ chuckled. “Yeah, my little brother’s all pissed off at his commanding officer. His temporary transfer to the Pentagon was just made permanent. He’s not thrilled about flying a desk full-time.”

“Did you have anything to do with that?”

“Don’t look at me! I explained the same thing to him: I’m not yet President, so I don’t have that much pull.”

“You’re so full of crap, Ceej.” Liebe helped herself to one of the steaming mugs. “You can’t think it’s a coincidence he was promoted and transferred a few days after your election. At least Aunt Lucy’s happy to be back in Washington. And I think it’s pretty cool they get to live in our house while you’re President. Aurora’s all excited about taking over my bedroom, but Falcon still hasn’t decided which room he wants on the boys’ floor.”

“I’m glad they moved too!” Davenport blew on his drink before bringing the mug to his lips. “I think it’s great. I have all my cousins in town now. It’ll be fun having everyone at the White House on Sunday nights for Chinese food.”

“There’s Aba!” Roosevelt’s shout was rewarded with a hard backslap by Jefferson. “She looks good.” Their great-grandmother’s wheelchair had been placed on the inside edge of the first row; CJ had insisted she have the best seat in the house. “Fuck protocol and tradition. My inauguration, my way. Either my grandmother gets preferred seating, or we do this behind closed doors.” Sebastián and Rosario Abelló had not lived long enough to see their grandson’s election, but the octogenarian Olga Santos was still going strong. The wheelchair was a convenience and not necessary at all times.

“I’m sure Uncle Ritch didn’t mind you getting elected when his request to fly to Miami was approved so fast.” Liebe had paid closer attention to the transition goings on than her brothers. She laughed at the Air Force officer’s reaction when his request for time off to charter a private jet, fly to Miami, and bring his grandmother to Washington for the inauguration was approved in record time. “He always looks hot in his uniform.”

“Liebe! That’s your uncle. You do not refer to him as hot.”

“Screw that! I have the hottest fathers and uncles in the world. All my girlfriends think you guys are DILFs. You have any idea how many of them have that picture of all twelve of you at the pool showing off the matching Squad tattoos? Wait until they see the grandfathers all dressed up today. Grandpa Brett looked great in his dress blues. Too bad Uncle Tank and Uncle Brad don’t get to wear their uniforms.”

“Or us! I can’t wait until Jeffer and I get to wear ours. We’re gonna look like studsss.

“Spare me, little brother. You two better not turn into snobs, or I’ll tell the dads to root for Army and Air Force when football season comes around.”

“Ha! Roo’s right, we’re gonna look hot. Ceej’s gonna have to act all impartial because he’s Commander-in-Chief, but we know who he’ll be rooting for. Even more during rugby matches when we get our chance to play.”

“Okay, everyone.” Carson’s voice cut through the various conversations. “Let’s get this show on the road. Overcoats and gloves on. Liebe, Davey, you go first. Jeffer and Roo, you follow six steps behind. Your dads will walk down when you’re all seated. Remember to smile.”

“And don’t pick your noses!” As usual, CJ had the last word.

 

"I, César Marcos Abelló, Jr. do solemnly affirm…” CJ glanced at his hand resting atop Owen’s leather-bound copy of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence. He had given it to the Aussie as a graduation present from law school so many years before. He raised his gaze and gave his husband a nearly imperceptible wink when their eyes met.

“…that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States…” He repeated the words Chief Justice Obama read without the need to pay close attention; he knew the oath by heart and had even practiced it the previous day in front of his husband, daughter, and sons.

“…and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend…” He tried to maintain his composure and not shed the tears threatening to escape; there were millions of people watching in the United States and around the world. After all, he was the youngest, the first Hispanic, the first out gay man, the first Floridian, and the first resident of the District of Columbia elected to the highest office in the land.

“…the Constitution of the United States.” The thunderous response made it hard for him to hear the congratulations uttered by the Chief Justice. CJ smiled and turned to kiss Owen after scanning the faces of friends and relatives sitting in the stands.

He was about to retrieve the hard copy of his inaugural address when Liebe, Jefferson, Roosevelt, and Davenport surrounded him and would not set him free until he had kissed each of them. Facing the massed crowd gathered on the National Mall, he unfolded his speech and ignored the teleprompters.

“My fellow Americans…”

Thank you for reading!!!

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On July 5, 2019 at 9:07 AM, Butcher56 said:

Fantastic chapter, what a great way to end the series of CJ and his adventures growing up after going to live with his father in Washington DC. It’s to bad that his grandparents didn’t live long enough to see him campaign for and win the most prestigious job in the country, the President of the United States, although I’m sure that they would be very proud of him and all he has accomplished. I’m glad that he has made it possible for the squad to hold key cabinet positions and he has Brad as the Secret Service agent in charge of watching over Liebe who is the first child that CJ and Owen adopted. I have followed the story from the beginning and I think I’m going to go back and reread it again because there’s always a good chance I might’ve missed something. Thank you for the great story.

A correction here: Liebe (Elizabeth Liston Abellõ) was the result of a surrogacy, so she wasn't "the first child that CJ and Owen adopted".

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On 7/21/2019 at 6:51 PM, Anton_Cloche said:

A correction here: Liebe (Elizabeth Liston Abellõ) was the result of a surrogacy, so she wasn't "the first child that CJ and Owen adopted".

That is correct. Jeffer and Roo were also conceived through IVF and borne by a surrogate. Davey was adopted.

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What can I say Carlos, it's been a great journey! Can't wait to read more from you!

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On 8/12/2019 at 1:41 AM, davidw said:

What can I say Carlos, it's been a great journey! Can't wait to read more from you!

Thanks, David! Keep your eyes open, I plan on publishing something every month through the end of the year.

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The whole series was phenomenal. As with other great series always sad to see it come to an end. Many thanks for completing the series and even giving us a glance into the future. Perhaps you will come back to these characters and either fill in the time or chronicle president cj time in office

Can’t wait to see what else you write. Please don’t put the pen down. You have a lot to say

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@dlg0724

I wrote this section in case something happened to me LOL

CJ becoming the first gay president was always the intent, so I skipped a few years ahead to give readers a satisfactory conclusion. Filling in the blanks is in the plans although not in the immediate future. I mean, I had to outline the intervening years to know who had kids, their names, and some of what they did. We know CJ was Washington's mayor at one point and that would be a book by itself.

In the meantime, CJ, Owen, and Liebe have a cameo in the prologue to the book I'll post in September, and they'll return in December with a Christmas special LOL Sounds like a TV show.

Thanks for reading and commenting. Hope to hear from you again!

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Every time i re-read this final chapter it makes me wonder what happend in Mexico City... A hint pls Mr Hazday...

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40 minutes ago, Tonyr said:

Every time i re-read this final chapter it makes me wonder what happend in Mexico City... A hint pls Mr Hazday...

If I revealed the event the commentators refer to, I'd ruin the book! Think of it as one of the Harry Potter books/movies, we know something's coming, but we have to wait until it's released. I'll throw some crumbs your way. In late 2020, the FBI assign Lincoln to the US Embassy in Mexico City. In summer 2021, the State Department posts CJ to the same place.

I have an outline for the book covering the time period, but nothing's been written. Politics plays a role in future installments and I don't want to get to far ahead of real time. The results of the 2020 presidential election may affect what I write. I'm assuming Trump the Idiot will be reelected, but if my prayers are answered and he gets tossed...

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22 minutes ago, Carlos Hazday said:

If I revealed the event the commentators refer to, I'd ruin the book! Think of it as one of the Harry Potter books/movies, we know something's coming, but we have to wait until it's released. I'll throw some crumbs your way. In late 2020, the FBI assign Lincoln to the US Embassy in Mexico City. In summer 2021, the State Department posts CJ to the same place.

I have an outline for the book covering the time period, but nothing's been written. Politics plays a role in future installments and I don't want to get to far ahead of real time. The results of the 2020 presidential election may affect what I write. I'm assuming Trump the Idiot will be reelected, but if my prayers are answered and he gets tossed...

 

22 minutes ago, Carlos Hazday said:

If I revealed the event the commentators refer to, I'd ruin the book! Think of it as one of the Harry Potter books/movies, we know something's coming, but we have to wait until it's released. I'll throw some crumbs your way. In late 2020, the FBI assign Lincoln to the US Embassy in Mexico City. In summer 2021, the State Department posts CJ to the same place.

I have an outline for the book covering the time period, but nothing's been written. Politics plays a role in future installments and I don't want to get to far ahead of real time. The results of the 2020 presidential election may affect what I write. I'm assuming Trump the Idiot will be reelected, but if my prayers are answered and he gets tossed...

Ok, tks for the crumbs and for the great news as well. Can't wait.

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On July 5, 2019 at 4:44 PM, Wesley8890 said:

I think I would love to see a story about Chipper or Tank. Those are my faves

I have an announcement. The Chipper spinoff's written and will begin posting two weeks from tomorrow.

Tank, I have some ideas but nothing etched in stone. The one character I have the best solo-story outline for is Brad. Maybe sometime next year. Tank would come later.

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Wait a second.  What happened in Mexico City involving Lincoln?  Enqiring minds want to know..

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1 minute ago, danield said:

Wait a second.  What happened in Mexico City involving Lincoln?  Enqiring minds want to know..

Must have been big if Katie and Peter brought it up!

You mean you missed that before? LOL

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I can't tell you how happy I was to finally get to read this concluding chapter of CJ's lifestory! I also can't fathom how I missed this chapter. I have always wondered if CJ did become the POTUSA. Imagine my surprise when I was strolling through pass notifications and noticed this "Hail to the Chief 11.CJ   By Carlos Hazday   The long-awaited conclusion to the CJ Series. I remembered reading your Prologue but I can't remember if there was a chapter 1. Janaury 20, 2041. Were the Prologue and Chapter 1 posted on different dates? 

A bit of sleuthing turned up you dated your Prologue  3 April  but posted it on GA on 24 April. Chapter Janaury 20, 2041 was posted to GA on 5 July. If that's correct, its no wonder I missed it because I was travelling in China. I had some initial problems accessing my internet.

Thank you for a happy concluding chapter for a great epic story. Using the reporters' commentaries to update on members of the Squad was a nice touch. Reading through your comments I believe you are dropping hints as to a Squad Junior and their saga; filling in the gaps with other members of the Squad before writing about the intervening years....Wow there is so much to look forward to and I certainly can't wait. Of course you have already started with Singer (Chipper) which I am following....Thank you and God Bless!!

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On 7/7/2019 at 7:52 PM, Carlos Hazday said:

okay, you wanted 25 installments and I've published 13. Guess I owe you an even dozen.

I'd be quite happy with that, err provided they are delivered before September 30th, 2019. In THIS version of reality! 

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@andrew35

Glad you liked it! As I said before, I have a good idea of what happens in the intervening 20 years, but I needed a short break from CJ. This chapter served to close the story out in case I don't get to write about the missing time span.

The story, prologue, and chapter went live the same day. Notifications were messed up.

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39 minutes ago, Cris L said:

I'd be quite happy with that, err provided they are delivered before September 30th, 2019. In THIS version of reality! 

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I think I'm going to miss the deadline...

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Wonderful end to this part of the story.

Here's hoping the nation can last through the next few years.  😕

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I just read the entire CJ series again.  Some the second to forth time.  It is still fresh and I something new each time I have read it.  I am so happy you did a story on Chipper.  I am glad CJ and Own are back for Christmas.  I hope we get some more on Harley, the Kennedy Brothers and on the other squad members.  I really also we get something just on the Elite members too.  You an amazing writer, and enjoy your work a lot.

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On 10/17/2019 at 7:47 PM, Fae Briona said:

Wonderful end to this part of the story.

Here's hoping the nation can last through the next few years.  😕

If we lose faith, we're doomed. A time shall come when we as a people can once again disagree on details but come together without partisan rancor for the betterment of our nation.

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12 hours ago, Toddten said:

I just read the entire CJ series again.  Some the second to forth time.  It is still fresh and I something new each time I have read it.  I am so happy you did a story on Chipper.  I am glad CJ and Own are back for Christmas.  I hope we get some more on Harley, the Kennedy Brothers and on the other squad members.  I really also we get something just on the Elite members too.  You an amazing writer, and enjoy your work a lot.

And somebody recently complained they couldn't figure out where to start reading the series since it was so long. HA!

You'll get your wish, Todd. I have two more Squad spinoffs planned before I write a story with CJ and Owen at the center. Next spring or summer, I'll post Warrior with Brad as the protagonist. Mann now has the first chapter for editing. Interestingly, a few of the Elite and a lot more of the Squad make appearances. Since the action takes place on the East Coast, it makes it easier to involve them. Haven't started writing it yet, but the third spinoff will star Ritchie. Then I'll tackle a longer story covering CJ and Owen's time in Mexico City. Look for that one to post sometime in 2021.

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6 hours ago, Carlos Hazday said:

And somebody recently complained they couldn't figure out where to start reading the series since it was so long. HA!

You'll get your wish, Todd. I have two more Squad spinoffs planned before I write a story with CJ and Owen at the center. Next spring or summer, I'll post Warrior with Brad as the protagonist. Mann now has the first chapter for editing. Interestingly, a few of the Elite and a lot more of the Squad make appearances. Since the action takes place on the East Coast, it makes it easier to involve them. Haven't started writing it yet, but the third spinoff will star Ritchie. Then I'll tackle a longer story covering CJ and Owen's time in Mexico City. Look for that one to post sometime in 2021.

Your story is uplifting, especially as you see what is going on in this country.  It just gives me hope of a better world.  For if enough people read your stories, then more people will see hope and act like CJ does to make that hope real.

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@Toddten

Thank you soooo very much. The world around us isn't always pretty, and I like to write about those good moments. Having just binged on the series, you know there's pain involved at times. Next Ripper chapter CJ actually voices that thought. But I refuse to have my characters be defined by adversity. Those are thing to try and conquer. My tales aren't for everyone, the HEA endings turn some readers off. But there are plenty of stories involving angst and pain as the main subject, some of them pretty good.

If I encourage one reader to do an act of kindness or stand up for themselves or others, I'll rejoice in it. But I write to provide entertainment, to please myself, and to maybe bring a smile to readers when they're having a bad day.

Thanks again, Todd

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Beautiful, heartwarming ending to a wonderful story. I got so engrossed in their lives I don't know what i will do from now on! Thank you Mr Hazday for creating this universe.

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8 hours ago, john goldeneyes said:

Beautiful, heartwarming ending to a wonderful story. I got so engrossed in their lives I don't know what i will do from now on! Thank you Mr Hazday for creating this universe.

John, what a great compliment to wake up to! Thank you! I'm so glad you found my work entertaining, and fell under the spell of CJ and crew. When new readers binge on the series, I usually notice because of their reactions. You surprised me in a wonderful way.

Although I have a series of stories covering the 20 years between CJ's graduation and inauguration, those I won't start writing until next year. In the meantime, if you're interested, give Singer a try. It's the first of several spinoffs starring characters from the series. That one focuses on Chipper, while Ranger stars Brad. Hope to hear from you again.

Carlos

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Huge COLD TURKEY Mr. Hazday!!!

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