When I originally began this story in 2008, it was one story and it was called Tangle. It took place in 2024 which necessitated filling in the backstory of 2008-2024. I did this with flashbacks scenes, but I still felt as though I had left out pieces of it. So I conceived the idea of taking some of the major events and putting them into these smaller prequels.
I won’t be covering the main aspect of the story in these prequels (Elizabeth disappears without a trace in 2010), but the effects for her family and friends won’t be ignored. It kicks off the entire saga with If I Don’t Try With You, the immediate aftermath of Michael’s shooting in 2008 which sets up the entire universe.
Prequels, Bridging 2008-2024
|If I Don’t Try With You
In 2008, moments after they become engaged, Jason and Elizabeth learn that Michael has been shot. What if she refuses to give up on their future? How does Carly let her little boy go? And can anyone control the fallout?
In 2008, Patrick prepares to become a father, one of life’s more terrifying experiences.
|End of the Beginning
Set in 2009-13. After a one night stand leaves Nadine pregnant, Johnny and Nadine begin to plan a future together, one that includes their beloved daughter, Amalia. But Johnny Zacchara doesn’t do happy very well.
|You Should Know Better
Set 2010-2014. Lucky and Sam married before Elizabeth disappeared. They try to create a life together, even a family with the birth of their daughter, Chloe. But Lucky and Sam know that they’ve settled, and she believes she might now have a chance with her soulmate with his wife out of the picture. Lucky wonders if he’ll ever find happiness.
|As Your Lies Crumble
Set in 2019. Leyla Mir married Pete Marquez because she was pregnant and wanted to have the family all her friends had found. Now, pregnant with her second child, she knows that she must leave him before their unhappiness destroys them both.
|Is Forever Enough?
Set in 2019. Patrick and Robin learn she’s pregnant, a surprise third child neither had planned. In the wake of their losses, they look towards a brighter future.