John,

Also, #3 is the most accurate of your reasons. The others are ridiculous, and you know it. I usually visit this site twice a day and only comment when I see problems others haven't addressed.

I was being ironic, of course.

Thanks for your comments. They were very helpful to me.

Technically, my writing is not too bad although there are some punctuation problems.

It is better to post narrative for critique than to post dialogue without background.

That's all I needed to know.

This excerpt comes late in the story after the bitterness, coldness and hatred among the characters.

I purposely didn't post anything dazzling. I'll save the good stuff for the publishers. ; )