I do not know Hanson or any of their associates.This is story is purely fiction. All characters besides the Hanson's belong to me. Do not copy or use without my permission.
There are so many things I would like to say here. My feelings about this story are so mixed. On one hand, I love this story because it felt like my biggest accomplish for the longest time. On the other hand, I know I've grown so much as a writer since I finished this story back in 2003. I used to feel like this was the best representation of my writing, but that's clearly not the case anymore.
It's hard to believe I started working on this story four years ago just as Taylor and Natalie were getting married. I know some of the people who were reading this story as I was writing it are still following me writing, and I hope they can see as much growth in my writing as I see in myself.
As I reread I feel much like a stranger to the girl who wrote this story. While I share her memories of events happening in my life as I was writing this piece, I know I'm not that girl anymore. She was shy and insecure about her hidden passion for writing. She was scared of how the Hanfic world would receive her and her fiction. I want to thank every one of you who were with me when I was still that shy, insecure girl. It's thanks to you I'm more confident and no longer insecure about my writing.
While I might cringe and groan as I reread, I keep reminding myself I have to take this story at face value. I wrote this when I was 18-years-old. I'd just graduated from high school and had no idea what I was going to do with the rest of my life. Writing this story helped me gain confidence, and I've grown so much since then. I hope you can read this story and enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing.
June 09, 2006
When Eden moved to Tulsa to go to college, she thought she would be gaining her independence. She was a thousand miles away from her family, and she was starting a whole new chapter of her life. Then through a mutual friend she met Taylor Hanson, and in one night her whole life is changed. Everything she had and everything she knew is turned upside down. She is forced to say goodbye to the girl she used to be as she finds herself turning into a young woman who’s world is full of insecuries and built on layers of lies.
I want to give a very special thank you to Katrina. She took on the task of editing this whole story. I know it had to be hard work because this story was so old and in dire need of help. She managed to work through my terrible grammar and various typos and get this story in order. I can't say it enough. Thank you, Katrina.
I also want to thank everyone who stuck by me as I wrote this story. I know many people followed me on my journey through various websites after leaving fanfiction.net. I can't thank you enough for supporting and encouraging me to keep writing. I met my best friend while I was writing this story, and if I'd given up after fanfiction.net put a ban on real person fan fiction, I wouldn't have Nikki. She means the absolute world to me, so thanks again for all of your encouragment.