#2: Lily’s in Bloom – Part Two: Blooming Lily gets Pollinated
Lily has always been at home in nature. She also has been a dedicated student, a young woman with career goals and the drive to achieve them. She left her ex-boyfriend a few years back because he wasn’t interested in her attending college. His thoughts were that a woman had her place and she should be fulfilling that natural order of things. Lily chose to go out on her own, to move into a small apartment complex near the base of Mount Ashland, and to spend some extra time in her studies taking nature photographs. Well, finally the day has come, after studying hard and getting some available weeks off to explore her local area, Lily takes her camera and heads up into the wild. She finds herself in a valley filled with strange flowers, flowers that seem to be in full bloom. Soon after Lily will find herself changing, ever so slowly coming into bloom as she realizes just what she wants out of life and how badly she wants it. Lily is one flower that blooms all the time and once she starts, things might just grow out of control.
A two parter, Lily in Bloom is at first a bit of a mystery, with outdoor locations, unusual plants, and mysterious storms. However, it soon is clear that Lily is becoming something new. She is exposed to something in a hike one day, something that changes her forever, but not all at once. This is a story about pacing and during part one the reader sees Lily changing night by night, curious about the changes but unable to put her finger on how severe those changes are. Only towards the end does she realize what it is she needs, what a blooming Lily like herself desperately craves. During part two, we watch as a new Lily, with priorities vastly different goes off in pursuit of what she needs, and becomes the most popular girl in her small apartment community. In the end, this is a slowed down story by the author, one with a happier ending and yet all the same twists and mysterious reveals about the various characters a reader might expect. Like a flower blooming, Lily’s in Bloom spreads out into something attractive and lasting.