CJA was correct when he wrote about my arrival in Melbourne. It would have been strange to find me knocking on his door. All his life he had wanted to be a writer, but he had always let other people’s priorities get in the way. I was the catalyst that got him started seriously.
Subconsciously, I think that he recognised that even as he opened the door. Many years previously, he had written a short story about a red-headed hero named Simon who roamed the dimensions with a diminutive travelling companion. How can you explain that? I think that the Balance had something to do with it. You can download that story, The Wasteland, for free here and make your own comparison.
Most people would have slammed the door in my face that night, but CJA welcomed me in. We shared a meal and a bottle of wine. By the time we had finished talking, it was getting light outside. We have been together ever since.