Back Home in Indiana is chapter 16 of Fine Line, the sequel to Woodcutter’s Revival. Both historical fiction books, written by Jerry Slauter are set at the beginning of the final phase of the Industrial Revolution.
After the others go back to Indiana, Stewart finds himself attempting to cope with the loneliness. He misses all the others, yet he particularly misses one individual. He buries himself into the legal practice. He finds a sport club to exercise and burn off some of the frustration and tension. He also locates an industrial school so he can continue to work on projects and learn more about his hobbies under the guidance of an instructor.
The following is a chapter excerpt:
Over the next two months, Victoria received a letter from Stewart every week. Although he attempted to be professional and impersonal at first, his letters began to betray the feelings and emotions he attempted to hide from Victoria, but mostly from himself. He continued to bury himself in his work and other activities. Keeping no record of the letters, he could not remember what he had actually written and what he had thought, and attempted to suppress.
He remembered all the times he and James discussed honesty. They determined that honest people need not have good memories. They only needed to tell the truth. It was those who were attempting to deceive who always needed to remember the details of what they told people, so as not to be caught in a lie. Stewart knew he had not been honest in keeping his feelings to himself or attempting to mask them. Due to loneliness, he continued writing, not realizing that his feelings were being portrayed ever more accurately.
Victoria kept the letters and read them over again and again, looking for evidence of love and cherishing them in her heart. She also continued to read every book that spoke of love.
Jerry is a retired school teacher who loves to spend time with his family, including children and grandchildren. He likes to travel and speak about writing and the topics of his writing and research. He works in his wood, leather and metal shops at home. Writing aligns well with his passion of reading and research. Jerry is available to speak in schools and churches or conferences and seminars.