How it Starts: A Novel in Pages

Each day I write a page of a novel and publish it. The whole novel from the start can be found here.

“Maybe I’ll write a song about it.” p. 110

I knew everything was about to change, forever, my life was about to change, just the same as everyone else’s, but no matter what, no matter what happened, we would all be together.

The cloud passed over the sun and I stood up.

“OK, let’s go and get that ice cream.”


“OK yeah.”

“Let’s do it.”

Everyone got up, apart from Jamie who was already standing. Riley, Jessica and I picked up our towels and shook the sand off them.

“I know the best ice cream place.” John said as he started walking ahead.

“Whatever happens,” Jessica said, folding up her towel. “We’ll always have each other.”

“I know.” I nodded and Riley hugged me.

I held back a minute and watched the others all walking across the sand up to the promenade.

“Hey Morgan.” I said, catching up with the group. “Who was it who said, ‘it was the best of times, it was the worst of times?’”

“Oh, it was Charles Dickens I think, ‘Tale of Two Cities’.”

“What’s it about?”

“The French Revolution, I think.”

“I guess anything can happen.”

“I guess it can.”

“Maybe I’ll write a song about it.”

“The French Revolution?”

“Yeah, why not, people know need to know more about history, right?”

“I think there’s actually already quite a popular musical about the French Revolution.”

“Oh yeah?”

“Yeah.” He smiled.

“What are you talking about?” Riley hung back for us. Jessica was already at the ice cream place.

“The French Revolution.”

“Song writing.”


“Life is random, isn’t it?” I shrugged.

“I don’t think so,” said Morgan. “Not at all. It all means something.”