The end was the beginning
Sometime around 2000 I had the idea for the ending. I thought it would make a good tragic/romantic resolution for a situation where lovers are faced with insurmountable odds. I wasn't sure how to construct the setting to get the main characters into the desired dire circumstance, so the idea just lingered in the back of my mind for about 2 years.
In late 2002 a chain of events left me with a romantically-shattered mindset. For some unknown reason this story idea became prevalent in my thoughts once again as I nursed the wound of a recent heartbreak. I sat myself down each night for about 3 weeks, listening only to carefully-chosen music which was condusive to the mood I wanted to create. I knew where I wanted to end up, so I started writing the story that would lead me there.
I don't know if the attempt was successful, but I'm fairly happy with the result.
For anyone with a broadband connection, I highly suggest you download the .mp3 music selections that have been chosen to accompany each section. They were all selected specifically to enhance the mood of each page and are simpy gorgeous.